Oz The Great And Powerful opens tomorrow, giving us some background on the beloved family classic, The Wizard Of Oz. The prequel staring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz tells the story of the of how the famed wizard arrived in the titular land, and also explores his relationship with the beautiful/terrifying Wicked Witch sisters, Theodora and Evanora!
We aren’t too sure why they got nice and likable ladies like Mila and Rachel to star as the spooky twosome. We’ve got a list of some real-life Hollywood witches that would have worked out pretty well, too! Join us as we count down the 9 most notoriously snippy on-set divas in tinsel town. Enjoy!
9. Naomi Campbell
A supermodel since she was 16 – the greatest of all time, depending who you’re talking to — this ballsy British bombshell is also one of the most disliked and feared women in the fashion industry. Forget the petty bitchery, like allegedly forcing designers to ban up-and-comer Tyra Banks from runway shows in the early ‘90s. No, we’re talking serious abuse charges . Between 1998 and 2008 alone, she was accused ten times of committing violent acts against her employees and other associates – like throwing a cell phone at her personal assistant, kicking and slapping her secretary, holding her assistant hostage, spitting on Heathrow police officers (she’s banned from British Airways for life!), and scratching her therapist’s face.
In her defense, she’s paid for the abuse with community service and a forever tarnished rep. A rehabilitated, post-anger-management Naomi recently told Elle magazine: “I’m never gonna get away from it. It’s party of my history. I was remorseful and regretful. I’ve served. I did that time. And I never want to be in that position again.” We wonder what Banks has to say about Naomi leaving her bullying days behind her, since the Brit is now starring in what some are calling an America’s Next Top Model rip-off, The Face? Stay tuned.
8. Mischa Barton
Mischa, Mischa, Mischa. Once one of the most wildly sought-after starlets on the scene, the former OC actress is basically persona non grata on the sets, red carpets, and shoots that she frequented in the mid-to-late 2000s. Where did it go wrong? As a teen queen on The CW network’s marquee show, she had a disastrous substance abuse problem that led to stints in rehab and a DUI arrest in 2007 (to be fair, the troubled starlet thing was very trendy at the time, thanks to Lindsay, Nicole, Mary Kate, Paris and Brit-Brit). “She was on the path to self-destruction,” says former OC stylist, Stacey Kives. “Mischa has been drinking since she was about 14…it was a matter of time before she hit rock bottom.”
Mischa began showing up late to set and forgetting her lines, and in a gangster move, the producers ended up killing off her character, the unutterably beautiful, thoroughly wooden Marisa Cooper. After that, things get murky. She pulled the same stunts on the set of her next show, The CW’s The Beautiful Life (2009). And in 2010, shortly after a stint in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s psych ward, she guest-starred as a hooker on Law & Order: SVU – and alienated a whole new set of co-stars with her hard-partying. “She’s a regular at Antik,” a source on set reported of the LA hot spot. “She comes late every Thursday and leaves late. A lot of times she’ll go to another club after she leaves.”
These days, she’s retreated from acting regularly, and is focusing on sobriety and pulling her life together. She was lucid and lovely on Styled By June last year, and even commented on her shady past: “I was literally 17 when The OC blew up. The paparazzi and that craziness sucks the soul out of me…and made me a bit angry and want to do my own thing.”