With the NFL Lockout still going strong, we’ve been counting down 100 things that are scarier than a fall with no NFL football. Today things get really frightening with #19-15 on out list. We’ll save the rest for next week.
Let’s get going. Cover at least one of your eyes.
#19 The Wicked Witch Of The West
The Wicked Witch of the West was played by the great Margaret Hamilton. Hamilton was all kinds of bad ass. She suffered a 2nd degree burn on her face in the scene where the witch disappears into a cloud of smoke and fire. She had to take off six weeks to recoup before coming back to finish the role.
She wasn’t the first choice for the witch. The studio originally wanted Gale Sondergaard for the role but she bailed because she did not want to wear makeup that would make her appear ugly. Oops.
Hamilton, a former school teacher (go figure) went on to have a nice little career. She died on May 16th, 1982 at the age of 82.*
If the Wicked Witch of the West didn’t scare the living crap out of you when you were a kid, you were either raised by serial killers or you have no soul. She kicked ass in the role and still creeps me out to his day. In fact, producers actually cut some of her scariest scenes from the film for fear of making children soil themselves while watching the film. Seriously. They cut out her scariest stuff. That alone is impressive considering she is terrifying in the movie already.
*Interesting note, famous Kansas City Chiefs blogger and four-time Sexiest Man Alive, Patrick Allen was born just 362 after Hamilton’s death.