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"Margaret Hamilton as Elphaba" by John H. Beckwith

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Medium: colored pencils on black construction paper

In 1900, L. Frank Baum's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published. In 1939, MGM's the Wizard of Oz arrived on movie screens.  In 1995, Gregory Maguire's novel of Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was published. In 2003, the musical of Wicked arrived on Broadway.

In the musical, several different actresses have already donned the black hat, the broomstick, and the green make-up to sing the life story of the Wicked Witch of the West. I figured that since people are already familiar with the visual icon of Margaret Hamilton who played the original Wicked Witch of the West in the MGM film, it might be neat to visually combine the old with the new. The dress in this illustration is the one worn during Act 2 in the musical. The  photorealistic source for  Margaret Hamilton's facial expression was from another movie she was in, called 13 Ghosts.

When viewed alongside all the other Wicked fanart on the web, this illustration is intended to serve as a reminder of the individual who we have in the back of our minds when we first think of the Wicked Witch of the West..

20 Oct 200645 Anonymous
3 Apr 2007:-) Heidi Hecht
Cool pic. Though I might mention that "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was published in 1900 not 1990. Just a nit.

:-) John H. Beckwith replies: "Eh, did I really type in 19... LOL Well, I'm fixing that typo pronto. You're the first person to catch the mistake, too. Thanks! "
21 Feb 200845 Starlet Johanson
I loved your picture. You got her face perfectly. I adore Elphaba, she is the BEST character in WICKED! I also just love Maggie. I have always loved the WWW, even before I read WICKED, which was in 2002, before I saw the musical the day that it premiered... October 30th, 2003!!
21 Feb 2008:-) John Beckwith
Thanks, Starlet! To be honest, this was one of those illustrations that I liked, but I didn’t expect anyone except me to find it cool to see the original MGM movie WWW as herself in the Wicked setting. I STILL like how Ms. Hamilton’s face came out here, too. LOL
2 Mar 200845 Kimberly Torina
Anyone who knows me buys everthing that has to do with the www and oz she rocks I always wanted to be her in my fantasy life as a kid she rocks just a ******* I still watch the wizard of oz once a month and I am sad I missed Wicked.
8 May 200945 Vicki Silas
Interesting to see Margeret as Elphaba.
If only Poor Maggie knew The Wizard, was her father-The Scarecrow was her lover Fyearo-and The Tin Man was Boq the
Witch of The East Nessarosa’s lover.
or The Scarecrow/Elphaba saved Brrr The Cowardly Lion as a cub.
And Elphaba is nicer THAN Nessarosa.
Or that Glinda _MISS POPULAR_ and Elphaba were sorority sisters in College.
2 Jun 200945 Dasie
She’s dead. She died from a heart attack if any of you were wondering. The age she was at the time of her death was 82. Her birthday was December 9th and when she played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz she was 36. After filming The Wizard of Oz she stole Bert Lahr from Judy Garland.Missing:[/b]
18 Apr 201445 Anon.
hello dear!praise to God a new dawn and good to have you here.i am zara by name,will love to know you and be close to you.sorry if i bumped on you,write me here at (zara4grant@live.com) for my picture;s and more introduction;s as i love to discuss with you or drop you mail address because i am not always here,take care and remain blessed.
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'Margaret Hamilton as Elphaba':
 • Created by: :-) John H. Beckwith
 • Copyright: ©John H. Beckwith. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Black, Elphaba, Green, Hamilton, Margaret, Portrait, West, Wicked, Witch
 • Submitted: 2006-07-26 06:48:27
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