|First Appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|
Aunt or Auntie Em (real name Emily Gale) is the Aunt of Dorothy Gale and wife of Uncle Henry. Rather or not she is blood related to her niece Dorothy is unknown. Aunt Em is a loyal and submissive wife, doing as her Husband Henry tells her which is mostly cooking, cleaning and watering the vegetables that grow on the farm. She lived together with Henry and Dorothy on the farm in Kansas and later emigrated to the Land of Oz to live better lives after Henry could no longer pay the farm's mortgage.
Emily Gale spent most of her life working on farms on the country side. When she first came to Kansas to become a housewife after she married her husband Henry, she was said to be very young, pretty wife. But the hot Kansas sun and dusty wind took the sparkle from her eyes and the red from her cheeks and lips, leaving them as gray as the surrounding prairie and farm land. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) She raised chickens for "nearly forty years." (The Emerald City of Oz)
After confessing to Dorothy the state of poverty that Henry was in and that their farm was facing imminent foreclosure, Em, Henry and Dorothy all moved to the Land of Oz to escape the trouble in Kansas and live in the Emerald City. Princess Ozma gave them a suite of rooms and gave them both beautiful and handsome clothes to wear, instead of the old worn out farm clothes they we're so used to wearing all their lives. And Ozma also appointed Em "Royal Mender of the Stockings of the Ruler of Oz" in order to keep her busy since she no longer had to do any of the farm labor she did most of her life. (The Emerald City of Oz)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (first appearance)
- Ozma of Oz (seen through a magic picture)
- The Patchwork Girl of Oz
- The Emerald City of Oz
- The Scarecrow of Oz
- The Tin Woodman of Oz
- The Magic of Oz
Aunt Em has been featured slightly less than Uncle Henry in the Oz Books, despite having a bigger role in The Wizard of Oz 1939. The actress who portrayed Aunt Em in the Judy Garland film was Clara Blandick. Yet despite being the Aunt in one of the most famous and beloved films of all time, which was her most memorable role, Clara sadly Committed Suicide later on in life.
The general character of Aunt Em/Emily was named after Emily Ingerson "Auntie Em" Warn. Warn's niece was a cousin of L. Frank Baum.
In the VeggieTales episode "The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's", both Aunt Em and her husband Uncle Henry were substituted by a father (Dad Asparagus) to retell "The Prodigal Son", a biblical parable from the Gospel.
The following actresses have portrayed Aunt Em on film:
- Eugenie Besserer, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
- Mary Carr, Wizard of Oz (1925)
- Clara Blandick, The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Margaret Hamilton, Journey Back to Oz (1974)
- Theresa Merritt, The Wiz (1978)
- Laurene Tuttle, Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz (1980)
- Piper Laurie, Return to Oz (1985)
- Lucie Arnaz, Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995)
- Queen Latifah, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
- Amy Lyndon, Apocalypse Oz (2006)
- Gwynyth Walsh, Tin Man (miniseries) (2007)