Oz in the News 12.20.21

‘I was still The Wicked Witch of the West’ She might have terrified thousands of children cackling at poor Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” but she was really an ex-grade school teacher. Hamilton, who loved children, feared playing the baddie in the 1939 classic because she thought it would typecast her for life and ruin her career. “I was fingered right then and there as this crabby old prune-face and whatever roles I did later people kept saying, ‘Isn’t that the witch from Oz?’ It was a classic case of playing a part so identified in people’s minds that they couldn’t let it go. I tried to ignore it, but for golly sakes it got to be a real pain.”

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