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Throwback Thursday: Iconic Hair and Makeup That Created the Women of Oz

Mar 7 2013 - 12:19pm

Tomorrow we'll all get a new look at the Emerald City with Oz the Great and Powerful, but before Michelle Williams [1], Mila Kunis [2], and Rachel Weisz [3] put us under their spells, we're taking a look back at the many other women of Oz. The original children's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, has spurred many adaptations over the last decade, from the big screen to Broadway. See who else has donned crowns, gone green, or worn the ruby slippers over the years.

Source: Warner Bros. Studios [4], Walt Disney Studios [5], and Facebook user Wicked [6]

Judy Garland

In the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film, a teenage Judy Garland played an auburn-haired Dorothy done up in ribboned pigtails. The studio originally outfitted Dorothy in a blond wig, as Shirley Temple was also in talks for the role.

Source: Warner Bros. Studios [7]

Billie Burke

Actress Billie Burke played Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the classic 1939 movie. Her thin, circular brows and rouge makeup were reflective of the beauty trends at the time, while her red waves lent a gorgeous contrast to Glinda's sparkling crown.

Source: Warner Bros. Studios [8]

Margaret Hamilton

Green-painted skin was a primary part of Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West costume. And that's exactly why the actress had an assistant to help with simple things [9], like eating on the set, in order to preserve the color. Margaret also played a secondary role in the movie as mean Miss Gulch.

Source: Warner Bros. Studios [10]

Diana Ross

In 1978, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson [11] costarred in The Wiz, a soulful adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Diana's Dorothy wore a close-cropped afro and dark lip color. In this movie, her character was a working woman — not a little girl by any means.

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

The musical Wicked tells the story of the witches before they descend on Oz. Two memorable cast members include Idina Menzel, who played Elphaba, and Kristin Chenoweth [12] as Glinda. Both women continue their musical career on shows like Glee.

Source: Facebook user Wicked [13]

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty, a current cast member on Smash, also spent time in the theater playing Glinda, the self-centered "good" witch with bouncy waves (and a love of pink-toned makeup palettes).

Source: Facebook user Wicked [14]

Miss Piggy

In 2005's The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Miss Piggy plays four witches in the flick — that's a lot of wigs! — opposite Ashanti as Dorothy.

Source: The Jim Henson Company [15]

Michelle Williams

In Oz the Great and Powerful, the latest film dedicated to the magical land and characters, Michelle Williams [16] plays Glinda. Her flowing blond hair, pink lip, and art deco-style crown are a more subtle variation of the look Billie Burke wore in 1939.

Source: Walt Disney Studios [17]

Mila Kunis

As Theodora (The Wicked Witch of the West) in the new movie, Mila Kunis [18] wears a deep crimson lip to match her red oversize hat. A deep smoky eye gives her style even more edge.

Source: Walt Disney Studios [19]

Rachel Weisz

In Oz the Great and Powerful, Rachel Weisz [20] plays Evanora, The Wicked Witch of the East, a character with a flair for dramatic beauty. Read: nail art, feathered hair accessories, and intricate updos galore.

Source: Walt Disney Studios [21]

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