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 was specifically created for the 1939 film and introduced into the script by Noel Langley who intended her to have a son named Walter.
Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, run to their farm in Kansas after an encounter with Miss Gulch, who hit Toto on the back with a rake, after he bit her. No one at the farm seems interested in this, however. Miss Gulch arrives and announces that she will have Toto destroyed and has an order from the sheriff (who has no appearance in the film). She takes Toto away in a basket on her bike, but Toto escapes and runs back to Dorothy. Realizing Miss Gulch will return for him, Dorothy and Toto decide to run away. Miss Gulch is the real life counter part to The Wicked Witch of the West. She does not return for Toto at the end of this film due to being the tornado's victim which was concealed by a transformation of becoming The Wicked Witch of the East.
Some stage productions based on the film ad-lib Dorothy being told that she is recovering in the hospital after crashing her bike due to the tornado.
She is not seen in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, but Joel Grey in his role of Professor Marvel and Debra Winger's "Cyclone" narration both mention this character. Winger also performs as the Witch in this production.
Nancy Barber performs this character and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz on Ice, but Bobby McFerrin voices both of these female characters.