Oz in the News 1.22.14

1390323424Wizard of Oz ‘witch’ loved her Maine island  Tour boat operators sometimes entertained their passengers by referring to Cape Island as “Witch’s Island.” That’s because the primary resident there, during summers from 1961 to 1985, was Margaret Hamilton, the actor who played the Wicked Witch of the West and Elmira Gulch in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Contrary to her character, one of the top villains in movie history, Hamilton was known by her mainland neighbors, in Maine and everywhere else, for her sweet nature.  “Living alone, she would come home from the theater at about 2 o’clock, all adrenaline. It would take three hours to come down. One way she did that was to clean house. She loved the island because it was her house. She loved the rocks, she loved the water. She’d bring in the wood for the fire.”

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