Gale Sondergaard - Wicked Witch of the West

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Gale Sondergaard was initially cast to play the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM's famous film the Wizard of Oz (1939). Gale changed her mind about the role after MGM decided the Wicked Witch of the West should be evil and ugly as opposed to the glamorous villainess Gale thought she would play (as seen in this photo). Gale was afraid that playing an ugly role would forever hurt her career.

Of course Margaret Hamilton would end up playing the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM's classic movie.
Date & Place: at MGM Studio in California United States of America
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Ancient Faces
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When they wanted to make her ugly and wicked rather than "sly and glamorous", she dropped out of The Wizard of Oz.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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I love this photo of Gale Sondergaard!
Mar 27, 2013 · Reply
Margaret Tinsley Rodgers
Can’t imagine not having Margaret Hamilton. She was perfect.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Completely agree!
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Brigitte Cherubini
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Interesting. That couldve been interesting..
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Marianne Cassidy
Margaret Hamilton she was perfect
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Mick Brown
She was also in “The Letter” with Bette Davis.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Helen Mclaughlan
One of my favourites.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
AncientFaces
Lots of photos of her in other roles at Gale Sondergaard
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Mick Brown
Helen Mclaughlan I think one of Bette’s best roles.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Jim Retzer
Looks far too similar to the Wicked Queen from Snow White.
At least with Margaret Hamilton they created an entirely original character.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
AncientFaces
You're right! Gale thought the character would be like Snow White's wicked Queen! They wanted something different.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Joyce SJohn
Margaret Hamilton was best, but honestly - I see this other womans face. why would she "worry" about being made up ugly? she's not all that to begin with. :P
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Helen Mclaughlan
They were both fabulous actresses.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Collene Oatley
My grandmother was related to the Good witch.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
AncientFaces
Billy Burke? :)
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Collene Oatley
AncientFaces yes it was.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Deirdre Wilson
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So are you .Unless she is a stepgrandma
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Collene Oatley
Deirdre Wilson yes I am. My moms mom.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Harley Neumann
I love billie burke!! That is awesome!!!
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Margaret Tinsley Rodgers
Collene Oatley That’s very cool
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Lora Gillman Boston
Billie Burke...married to Ziegfeld!
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Bob Gaines
AncientFaces LOVED Billy Burke in the movie "Topper" in 1937.
Aug 29, 2019 ·
Dennis Keogh
Collene Oatley Margaret Hamilton!
Aug 30, 2019 ·
Collene Oatley
Dennis Keogh Ne Burke.
Aug 30, 2019 ·
Mj Smida
Billie was great in topper
Aug 30, 2019 ·
James Tarzia
Billie Burke who was married to Flo Zeigfeld
Sep 01, 2019 ·
Collene Oatley
Yes the Billie Burke
Sep 01, 2019 ·
Joanna Hari
She would be amazing, too! I remember seeing her in the "Blue Bird" with Shirley Temple and she was just unbelievable as a cat... features and movement very eye-catching...
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Leon Shaw
Thanks, I knew that I recognised her. ☮️
Always read the comments before searching.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Barbara Ann Pinkerton
I am glad it was Margaret Hamilton! She was perfectly scary. 😯
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Yanna D'aiello
Margaret Hamilton
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Becky Prior Ewen
I think the movie turned out just as it should...😀
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Macie Kyle
Margaret forever.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Paula Randolph
I like the Margaret Hamilton version.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Christine Koski Cross
She's smoking
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Lynda Lerum
Margaret
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Nancy Pirone
Margaret Hamilton for sure!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Susanne Bovill
I would rather see a pretty witch wicked or not the witch doesn’t have to be ugly even though the witch is evil
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Barbara Naprava Cimino
Margaret
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Barbara Naprava Cimino
So vanity loses and Margaret goes down in history.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Donna Carter
Things work out EXACTLY the way they are supposed to.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Susanne Bovill
but that would be up to the writers and makers of the oz movie on what how they would want the wicked witch of the west to look like I can say on what they can or can’t do with the witch 🙂
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Marcos Martinez
And Buddy Edson was cast as tin man prior to an accident which forced a recast that led to Jack Haley’s iconic role.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Sandi MacCallum Dunlap
Marcos Martinez Actually it was Buddy’s allergic reaction to makeup that caused the change to Jack Haley.
Aug 29, 2019 ·
Gillian Barr
Margaret Hamilton played the part brilliantly xxx
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Kyle Bell
Margaret was amazing, but the choice to make the witch ugly could have gone either way. The prettiest people do the ugliest things.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Terri Berio
i think Margaret Hamilton was the perfect choice
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Sharon Greenawalt
Margaret Hamilton was wonderful.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Susan W. Milam
Margaret Hamilton!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Lynn Beck
Margaret Hamilton.💕
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Jean Johnson
Hamilton was perfect!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Beatriz Misenta
Nobody could have done it like Margaret Hamilton! She wanted to look green and ugly!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Meg Scott
Hamilton!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Laura Cello Woodham
Margaret Hamilton was perfect. The witch needed to be ugly!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Natalie Ellerton
Margaret Hamilton!🤗
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Darlene Eldredge
Margaret did the best at melting and got the part! 😏
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Ron Snow
Hamilton nailed it!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Jenny Nana
Don't mess with the green witch...
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Red Golden
Looks like Nancy Pelosi
...
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Alexander Wilson
Aug 28, 2019 ·
Jan Mortimer
The witch in the movie, quite appropriate. 👍
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Jan Mortimer
I love Angelina Jolie in MALEFICENT. She is beautiful but, I can't see any other woman in that part, she is an awesome actress. 👍🔥💖
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Jeanne Moody Short
Love the rather informal Identification Card being held by an unidentified hand.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Kevin Skoglund
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Best----movie----ever !
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
JC Roman
Miss Hamilton was an Icon. Miss Soderwhatever... who knows?
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Nikkiya Fraser
Somewhere there is an alternate universe where Gale Sondergaard was the Wicked Witch (and Eric Stoltz was in Back to the Future and no one remembers the Beatles.) 😉
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Louie Nonini
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Bob Gaines
We all got the cast we were meant to have, especially Judy Garland! WHAT a year 1939 was for the movies!!!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Hope Robbins
Margaret was the perfect choice.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Au Sable
So this is her in make up then.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Gloria Rodas
Gale in the bluebird was creepy
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Jeffrey Scott Fordyce
Margaret Hamilton is awesome
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Janet Wagner
Gale was pretty scary. She always played those kind of parts really well
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Tim Condon
Hamilton
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Margaret AndValdis Juskevics
Margaret for sure
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Regina Rivetti
Gale made the right choice
If she couldn’t be sly and glamorous screw them
Margaret’s witch was overkill and way too ugly
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Katherine Joyce
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Margaret Hamilton, of course!
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Kori Eakin
Kelly Bradley Eakin
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Daniel Alexander Wilson
Gale didn’t want to get typecast. She eventually played numerous unglamorous roles.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Kay Daly
Margaret Hamilton for sure
Aug 29, 2019 · Reply
Tonya Clark Marinaro
Old n haggard.
Aug 29, 2019 · Reply
Linda Virtue
I like sly and glamorous.
Aug 29, 2019 · Reply
Jennifer Drake
Ugly was better in this case
Sep 01, 2019 · Reply
Yuraldi Rodriguez Puentes
Sep 26, 2019 · Reply
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