The name of the character that rode the bike and became the wicked witch of the west is Miss Gulch.
Miss Almira Gulch is a socialite who is a neighbor of Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and Dorothy Gale. Using her status, she threatens to have Toto put to sleep for biting her. This character appears in the movie, but not in the book. She was introduced by Noel Langley.
It was a modest box officer winner when it was released on August 25, 1939, but MGM’s grand Technicolor fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz, won the hearts of millions more when it debuted on TV for the first time in 1956.
It became an annual tradition for many families to huddle around the TV and watch the tale of a girl and her dog traveling the Yellow Brick Road. Flavorwire.com is honoring the film’s theatrical release with an epic list of facts, many strange but true, that shed light on one of cinema’s most beloved movies.