Elizabeth Montgomery

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April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995

Born into entertainment, Elizabeth Montgomery’s mother was a stage actress and her father, Robert Montgomery, was a successful TV and movie star. Young Elizabeth made her Broadway debut at just 20, earning a Theatre World Award for her performance in Late Love. She appeared in a string of TV shows following that and had already earned one Emmy nomination by the time she landed her most famous role. From 1964-1972 played magical-nose-twitching Samantha Stevens on ABC’s beloved sitcom, Bewitched.

The role would earn Montgomery 5 more Emmy nominations and 4 Golden Globe nods over its 8-year run and cement her as a bona fide television icon. Post-Bewitched, Elizabeth starred in a number of television movies that stretched her range beyond her well-known comedy chops. Offscreen, she was married 4 times. She was heavily involved in charitable and political causes including being an early and outspoken advocate for gay rights and AIDS awareness. In 1995, while working on her final role in Deadline for Murder, Montgomery was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer. She returned to her California home, where she succumbed to the disease at the age of 62.

Burial

Cremated – Elizabeth was cremated at Westwood. For fans of Bewitched, there is a statue of her as Samantha in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

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