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Margaret Hamilton Biography

Birth Name:
Margaret Brainard Hamilton
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Fast Facts

  • Trained and worked as a kindergarten teacher before becoming an actress; continued to serve on the Beverly Hills Board of Education after her acting career took off
  • Made her Broadway debut playing Helen Hallam in the original 1932 production of the comedy Another Language; her on-screen debut came when she reprised the role in the 1933 film version
  • Was injured while filming The Wizard of Oz (1939), when a delayed trap-door opening during a fiery exit resulted in second-degree burns on her face and a third-degree burn on her hand
  • Hamilton spent six weeks recovering from the incident and refused to do any more fire-related stunts on the film set
  • Played Aunt Eva on the radio series Ethel and Albert in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Remained active on stage throughout her career, notably playing Aunt Eller in a production of Oklahoma! at the New York State Theater in 1969


  • Paul Boynton Meserve -- Ex-husband
  • Walter J. Hamilton -- Father
  • Jennie Hamilton -- Mother
  • Hamilton Meserve -- Son