Elizabeth Montgomery

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Elizabeth Montgomery

Born

4/15/1933, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

Died

5/18/1995

Birth Name

Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Pandora Spocks, Liz or Lizzie Montgomery
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Biography

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Elizabeth Montgomery was born April 15, 1933 in Los Angeles, the daughter of screen actor Robert Montgomery and former stage actress Elizabeth Allen. She and her younger brother Skip were raised in Hollywood, but mostly kept from the glare of the spotlight.


After her parents divorced in 1950,

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  • Trivia

    • Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

    • Elizabeth died on the same day as her Johnny Cool co-star Elisha Cook Jr.

    • A 9 foot bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha Stephens riding sidesaddle on her broomstick now resides in a downtown park in Salem, Massachusetts.

    • Elizabeth was close friends with Dick Sargent who replaced Dick York as Darrin on Bewitched. When he died 1994 after battling cancer for four and a half years, Elizabeth released a statement saying: "I will miss his love, his sense of humor and his remarkable courage."

    • Apparently, Elizabeth always claimed to be five years younger than she was.

    • Elizabeth was nominated for an Emmy nine times, but never won.

    • On her death bed Elizabeth asked that any donations in her memory should be made to the William Holden Wildlife Association in Kenya, or the LA Zoo.

    • Elizabeth's clothes were auctioned at an event held by her family on April 19, 1998 to benefit Aids Healthcare Foundation of Los Angeles.

    • Elizabeth's memorial service was held on June 18, 1995, at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills. Herbie Hancock provided the music. Her fourth husband, Robert Foxworth, read out sympathy cards from fans. Her daughter Rebecca Asher, stepson Bo Foxworth, her brother, her nurse and Dominick Dunne also spoke at the service.

    • Elizabeth ignored the symptoms of colorectal cancer while filming Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan and by the time she was diagnosed with cancer in spring 1995 it was too late for treatment. Elizabeth chose to return to her home in Beverley Hills instead of remaining in the hospital. She passed away in her home in the company of her children and fourth husband at the age of 62, only eight weeks after she was diagnosed.

    • Elizabeth's famous nose twitch was actually a nervous habit. Director William Asher noticed that when Elizabeth was nervous she would twitch her upper lip and decided to use it as a trademark for Samantha's character.

    • Elizabeth had strong liberal political views and was an outspoken champion of women's rights and gay rights throughout her entire life.

    • Elizabeth narrated a series of political documentaries in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair (1988) and the Academy Award winning The Panama Deception (1992).

    • Elizabeth and her former Bewitched co-star Dick Sargent were Grand Marshals at the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade in June 1992.

    • Elizabeth's pregnancies with Robert Asher (October 5, 1965) and Rebecca Asher (June 17, 1969) where incorporated into Bewitched as Samantha's pregnancies with Tabitha and Adam Stephens.

    • Elizabeth's third husband was Bewitched producer William Asher to whom she was married to from 1963 to 1973. Elizabeth and William had three children.

    • Elizabeth's marriage (1954) to her first husband, New York socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann, barely lasted a year.

    • Elizabeth's second husband, Gig Young, to whom she was married to from 28 December 1956 - 1963, ended up killing his wife, German actress Kim Schmidt, and committing suicide in 1978 after being married for three weeks. Gig was 64 years old and Kim was 21 years old To this day the reason for the murder-suicide remains unclear.

    • Elizabeth's daughter, Supervisor Script Rebecca Asher, was born on the same day (June 17) as fraternal twins Erin Murphy and Diane Murphy, the actresses who portrayed Elizabeth Montgomery's TV daughter Tabitha on Bewitched.

    • Samantha, portrayed by Elizabeth, and Darrin were the first American television couple to sleep in the same bed in Bewitched. Up to then, all television couples slept in separate beds.

    • Elizabeth received a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on January 4, 2008.

    • A 9 foot bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha Stephens riding sidesaddle on her broomstick can be seen in a downtown park in Salem, Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century.

    • Elizabeth appeared on an episode of The Flintstones (1960), providing the voice of a cartoon version of Samantha from Bewitched.

    • Elizabeth had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery, (born October 13, 1930) who died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months, before Elizabeth was born.

    • Once Bewitched went off the air Elizabeth refused to do her famous nose twitch for fans as she was pursuing dramatic roles and was trying not to be typecast in roles such as Samantha from Bewitched.

    • Elizabeth and her husband, actor Robert Foxworth, lived together for over twenty years until her death.

    • Elizabeth's height was 5'8 1/2 (1.74m).

    • Elizabeth had three children with her husband William Asher - William Jr, Robert and Rebecca Elizabeth.

    • Elizabeth was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

    • She died eight weeks after she learned she had colon cancer.

    • Elizabeth Montgomery was the only cast member of Bewitched that was in all 254 episodes.

    • Elizabeth was Cremated after her death

  • Quotes

    • Elizabeth: 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.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I really liked you when you were on Bewitched because I thought you had a cute nobby nose.

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    I am a big fan of yours. I have watched and taped every episode with you as Samantha Stephens in Bewitched.



    I am living in a residential house because I have Aspergers Syndrome, which means I get stuck on magpies, I have been watching Bewitched with family and friends.



    I would like to meet you for a cake and a hot chocolate one day.
  • A marvellous actress who gave us so many entertaining moments while having a rather difficult adult life as well as immense television succes.

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    I grew up watching 'Bewitched'. That, along with the original 'Mickey Mouse Club', was my favourite show as a child. I never missed an episode if I could help it and, although I was obviously too young to realise it at the time, it was mainly the amazing talents of 'the witches' in the show that made it so enjoyable for me.



    'Bewitched' made the ABC Network number 1 in the ratings during a large part of its 8-year run. Elizabeth, as the good witch Samantha Stephens, was wonderful. She was witty, attractive and exactly what a 1960s housewife and mother was supposed to be, wholesome and loyal etc., with the one difference being that she just happened to have magical powers!



    As I grew older, I watched Elizabeth give a chilling display as Lizzie Borden and play a rape victim who was not believed and how courageously her character coped with that trauma.



    Her off-screen life as an adult tended to be turbulent at times. She had four husbands, one of whom was extremely violent, but found several years of happiness and had three children with William Asher, the brains behind 'Bewitched'. In later life, she lived with, then later married, 'Falcon Crest' actor, Robert Foxworth, with whom she remained until her death. A truly amazing lady who was loved by all who watched her work.moreless
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