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Thank You TCM! For celebrating Margaret Hamilton's Birthday


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I saw a preview that tomorrow TCM is showing a number of Margaret Hamilton movies. I can not wait to celebrate her birthday by watching her movies. I have not seen or heard of many of the movies being shown. That will make it quite a treat. Won't get much done but it will be worth it. Thanks TCM!

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A couple or trivia facts about Margaret Hamilton.

She appeared in the TV sitcom "Lou Grant" as Thea Taft, a former city editor. She passed away about 3 years later

 

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Don't forget her Maxwell House Coffee commercials. That's why she was so cranky in "The Wizard of Oz", she haven't had her morning cup of Java.

 

 

 

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This short shown on TCM where her son reminisces about his mother is a nice touch.

 

I thought it an interesting point he made in it that back before "The Wizard of Oz" was shown on broadcast television and became interspersed with commercial breaks(which as he posited might have helped "relieve children's anxiety" about his mother's Wicked Witch character) many a kid that would meet her in person back in the day would be too frightened to approach her.

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>This short shown on TCM where her son reminisces about his mother is a nice touch.

 

Is there a link to that? I don't have cable, but would really like to see it.

 

Margaret Hamilton contributed fantastic reminisces to a book "The Making of The Wizard of Oz", the only reliable window into her private life, and then only brief snippets.

I was struck by her choice to name her son "Hamilton". Wouldn't he be "Hamilton Hamilton"? She must have had another surname!

 

A really sweet and talented lady. Most people don't realize her charactorizations of a witch (especially the voice) became the standard and definition of what a witch looks and sounds like.

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Sorry Tiki, but I can't seem to find a link to this short TCM has been running lately. However, I did find the following on the internet, a nice write-up about her and short interview with her in an uploaded old newspaper clipping from the "Beaver County (PA) Times" dated Sept. 5, 1974:

 

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=19740905&id=BeEtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yNoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2391,1082535

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>Margaret Hamilton was a very private person outside her acting roles. I can't find anything on the internet about her personal life regarding her young life, wedding, husband and son.

 

 

The Wikipedia page for Miss Hamilton while not going into great detail about her person life, does at least possess the usual cursory information in these regards, Ham.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton

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The nice thing about this mini-retrospective is that we get to see some of her other roles, beyond the typecasting as a witch or weird eccentric.

 

She is very sympathetic as a kind land lady in CHATTERBOX, which aired today. And I think she does a terrific job as Wallace Beery's "love" interest in STABLEMATES, also shown on TCM today.

 

Probably my favorite performance of hers is as the stern teacher in THE RED PONY, a Republic gem starring Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum.

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I'm glad they showed some of her films too. They were somewhat entertaining.

I wish they would celebrate Edna May Oliver on TCM.

I've put in a request to TCM for several years now to show a tribute

to Edna May, but I guess she doesn't rate up there with

some of the ones they pick to do a tribute for.

With Edna May, they could celebrate her birth date and death date

all at the same time as she died on her birthday, Nov. 9th.

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