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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 15 April 1933Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 18 May 1995Los Angeles, California, USA  (colorectal cancer)
Birth NameElizabeth Victoria Montgomery
Nickname Liz
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her TV debut in her father's 1950s playhouse series Robert Montgomery Presents (1950) and appeared in more than 200 live programs over the next decade. She once remarked, "I guess you could say I'm a TV baby." Notable early film roles included The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) and Johnny Cool (1963). She is best remembered, however, for her leading role as the witch Samantha in the top-rated ABC sitcom Bewitched (1964). Her family - mother Endora (Agnes Moorehead), look-alike cousin (Montgomery) and advertising executive husband Darrin (first Dick York then Dick Sargent) - tried to suppress her supernatural skills but often turned to her tricks to solve problems. The signal of impending witchcraft was a twitch of Samantha's nose. After her first and only TV series ended she turned to made-for-TV movies, many of which won critical praise: A Case of Rape (1974), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story (1993). She narrated the movie The Panama Deception (1992) which won an Academy Award in 1993. Reference works showed her as 62 when she died though the family said she was 57. The family did not disclose the type of cancer which caused her death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan < stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (4)

Robert Foxworth (28 January 1993 - 18 May 1995) (her death)
William Asher (26 October 1963 - 10 October 1974) (divorced) (3 children)
Gig Young (28 December 1956 - 1963) (divorced)
Frederic Gallatin Cammann (27 March 1954 - 9 August 1955) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Nose twitch

Trivia (24)

She and Robert Foxworth lived together for nineteen years before finally marrying.
Children with William Asher: William Asher Jr. (b. July 24, 1964), Robert Asher (b. October 5, 1965) and Rebecca Asher (Rebecca Elizabeth Asher) (b. 17 June 1969).
She died 8 weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer and was cremated.
She was a sister of Robert Montgomery Jr.. She also had an older sister, Martha Bryan, (born October 13, 1930), but she died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months, before Elizabeth was born.
She lost out on the part of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954) to Eva Marie Saint. Director Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," says that the choice of an actress to play the part was narrowed down to Montgomery and Saint. Although Montgomery was fine in her screen test, there was an air of finishing school about her. Kazan thought this genteel quality would not be becoming for Edie, who was raised on the waterfront in Hoboken, NJ. Despite qualms about 30-year old Saint playing a teen, she was cast in the part and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 422-423. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Died on the same day as her Johnny Cool (1963) co-star Elisha Cook Jr..
Ranked #52 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women"(1995).
Appeared on The Flintstones (1960) episode, The Flintstones: Samantha (1965), providing the voice of a cartoon version of her famous Bewitched (1964) character, "Samantha Stevens".
Montgomery spent weekends and summers at the family farm in upstate Patterson, New York. Often referenced in episodes of Bewitched (1964) as "Patterson Garage" or "Cushman Cosmetics", Cushman Road is the rural, dirt road on which the several hundred acre Montgomery estate is located.
A 9 foot bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha Stephens riding sidesaddle on her broomstick now resides in a downtown park in Salem, Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Samantha in Bewitched (1964). When they were trying to figure out a trademark for the character Samantha, the director William Asher noticed that when she got nervous, she twitched her upper lip, which caused her nose to follow and thus gave the impression she was twitching her nose. Thus, they used that.
Received a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on January 4, 2008.
Was a grand marshal with former TV husband Dick Sargent at the 1992 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. Elizabeth was a supporter of gay rights and also women's rights throughout her life.
She fell in love with director Richard Michaels during filming of the eighth season of Bewitched (1964), and moved in with him when the season was complete. This broke up both their marriages and ended the possibility of a ninth season. The relationship lasted two and a half years.
Turned down the role of "Krystle Carrington" on Dynasty (1981).
Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin.".
Older sister of Robert Montgomery Jr..
Stepmother of Bo Foxworth.
In a parody of her "Samantha Stephens" role, she made a cameo appearance as a witch at the end of the beach party film, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), directed by her then-husband, William Asher.
Was 7 months pregnant with her third child, daughter Rebecca Asher, when she took maternity leave from filming the 6th season of Bewitched (1964). Returned to work 1 month after giving birth.
She was two months pregnant with her first child, son William Asher Jr., when she filmed the pilot episode of Bewitched (1964), _I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha_. She returned to work two months after giving birth to resume filming the 1st season. The same situation was when she was eight months pregnant with her second child, son Robert Asher - she took maternity leave from filming the 2nd season and returned to work two months after giving birth.
She was a staunch liberal Democrat and feminist who was an activist for LGBT rights.

Personal Quotes (2)

The minute someone says, "Oh God, you could never do that; you can't get that kind of stuff on the air!" . . . that's the kind of stuff I want to do.
Like most people, I secretly hope that it's true - that there are witches like Samantha, and that families like hers really do exist.

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