Many of us had a teacher whom we suspected was a witch. In the case of Jim Backus, it was very nearly true.
Jim Backus (1913-1989) became an actor and was best known for his role as the eccentric millionaire Thurston Howell III in the television series Gilligan’s Island. He was also the voice of the animated character Mr. Magoo. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended school there.
One of his grade school teachers was Margaret Brainard Hamilton (1902 – 1985). She also went on to greater fame in the entertainment industry. She is best remembered for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.
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