I think it would be interesting to watch on television the story of an extraterrestrial creature like a witch that marries a regular guy and want to live just a standard housewife’s life. But wait, that’s exactly what the eight-season television drama Bewitched, which aired from 1964 to 1972, is about. Perhaps you should look it up if you haven’t already seen it.
Beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery portrayed the show’s endearing Samantha Stephens, who charmed millions with her nose flicker. This actress achieved prominence in the 1960s, but tragically her life ended far too soon.
On April 15, 1933, Montgomery was born in Los Angeles to a Broadway actress and a Hollywood star. She followed in the footsteps of her father, the acclaimed actor Robert Montgomery.
“Dad says that after supper I would frequently jump onto his lap and say, ‘I’m going to be an actor when I grew up.’ In a 1954 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress remarked, “I don’t know whether he encouraged me or not, but he told me he would humor me and would tell me to wait and see what happened when I grew up.””I’ll be up forward and admit that my dad did help me gain a break in TV, and I’m incredibly appreciative of his support and advice. He is my harshest critic, yet he is also a true friend and a devoted father.
Montgomery had numerous additional appearances after making her television debut as a teenager on her father’s program, Robert Montgomery Presents.
This incredibly attractive actress made her Broadway debut in Late Love when she was 20 years old, and two years later, she made her big-screen debut in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell.
In the years that followed, Montgomery appeared in a ton of other films. She appeared in a number of other films, including Mrs. Sundance (1973), A Case of Rape (1974), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), Black Widow Murders (1993), The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1994), and Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (1995), but Bewitched is still one of her most well-known roles. “I hadn’t given a series much attention since I like the idea of choosing a storyline and character that I thought I could carry for an hour. You only hope that the character you spend every day with in a series won’t drive you mad, Montgomery told the Associated Press in 1965.
The actress had four marriages throughout her life. She first got married to Frederick Gallatin Cammann, but the union was short-lived. She then wed award-winning actor Gig Young, although they were later divorced in 1963. During the filming of Johnny Cool, Montgomery met William Asher, her third husband, with whom she had three children. Robert Foxworth was her fourth spouse, and they remained together until her death.
“Before Jane Seymour, before Lindsay Wagner, and before Valerie Bertinelli, Elizabeth was the first Queen of the TV movies; she went from queen of the witches to queen of the TV movie and it was no longer a struggle to break away from Bewitched,” said Herbie J. Pilato, the author of two books on the actress.
Montgomery passed away in 1995 from colon cancer, which she thought she had beaten. It was already late when she was examined because the cancer had spread to her liver. Her husband and daughters were by her side as she passed away in her sleep. In Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, her body was cremated.
Elizabeth Montgomery excelled as an actor. Still sorely missed today.