Writer-actress Peg Lynch, who was born in Lincoln,
Nebraska, began her broadcasting career in 1938 as a jack-of-all-trades
at a small radio station in Minnesota. Her realistic husband-and-wife
sketches caught the attention of network officials at NBC in Chicago,
and soon her popular and extremely funny radio show (which had become
known as "Ethel And Albert," the names of her husband-and-wife
characters) was being heard on a regular basis on that network. When
the ABC network was formed in the mid 1940s, "Ethel And Albert" became
one of that network's earliest successful attractions. Lynch was the
show's only writer as well as its leading female actress for the entire
run of the series. In the early 1950s, "Ethel And Albert" was seen
regularly as a featured skit on The Kate Smith television program and
subsequently became a popular weekly situation comedy series.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ron Lackmann
Peg Lynch died on July 25, 2015 at age 99. Here's a link to her obituary in the New York Times.Margaret Hamilton played Aunt Effie on "Ethel and Albert." A kindergarten teacher in her native Cleveland, Ms. Hamilton began her acting career there in community theater and with the prestigious Cleveland Playhouse. In 1933, Hamilton was invited to repeat her stage role of the sarcastic daughter-in-law in the Broadway play "Another Language" for the MGM film version. Though only in her early '30s, the gloriously unpretty Hamilton subsequently played dozens of busybodies, gossips, old maids, and housekeepers in films. Her most famous film assignment was the dual role of Elvira Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in the imperishable 1939 gem The Wizard of Oz -- a role which nearly cost her her life when her green copper makeup caught fire during one of her "disappearance" scenes.
Despite her menacing demeanor, Hamilton was a gentle, soft-spoken woman; she was especially fond of children, and showed up regularly on such PBS programs as Sesame Street and Mister Rogers. In the 1970s, Margaret Hamilton added another sharply etched portrayal to her gallery of characters as general-store proprietor Cora on a popular series of Maxwell House coffee commercials -- one of which ran during a telecast of The Wizard of Oz! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide