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Also Known As: Died: May 18, 1995
Born: April 15, 1933 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A gifted comedienne with wonderful timing, lovely Elizabeth Montgomery also projected poise and intelligence, all of which helped to make her one of the most popular TV stars of the 1960s and '70s. Although her early credits included a promising Broadway debut in "Late Love" (1953-54) and a handful of movie roles, the lion's share of Montgomery's work was on television, first as a guest star on primetime programs like "Robert Montgomery Presents" (NBC, 1950-57) and "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964), and then as the star of the highly popular sitcom ""Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-72), which made her an overnight star. As suburban sorceress Samantha, Montgomery provided an endearing mix of beauty and charm, and the program's mix of verbal humor and magically-engineered sight gags quickly won over the public. When "Bewitched" finished its long run, Montgomery switched over to made-for-TV movies and displayed impressive dramatic credentials in popular and sometimes groundbreaking efforts like "The Victim" (ABC, 1972), "A Case of Rape" (NBC, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1975). The combination of her fine dramatic work in these television features and the comedic abilities she displayed so...

A gifted comedienne with wonderful timing, lovely Elizabeth Montgomery also projected poise and intelligence, all of which helped to make her one of the most popular TV stars of the 1960s and '70s. Although her early credits included a promising Broadway debut in "Late Love" (1953-54) and a handful of movie roles, the lion's share of Montgomery's work was on television, first as a guest star on primetime programs like "Robert Montgomery Presents" (NBC, 1950-57) and "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964), and then as the star of the highly popular sitcom ""Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-72), which made her an overnight star. As suburban sorceress Samantha, Montgomery provided an endearing mix of beauty and charm, and the program's mix of verbal humor and magically-engineered sight gags quickly won over the public. When "Bewitched" finished its long run, Montgomery switched over to made-for-TV movies and displayed impressive dramatic credentials in popular and sometimes groundbreaking efforts like "The Victim" (ABC, 1972), "A Case of Rape" (NBC, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1975). The combination of her fine dramatic work in these television features and the comedic abilities she displayed so richly throughout the long run of the legendary "Bewitched" series provided ample evidence of Montgomery's diversity and appeal as an actress.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Corpse Had a Familiar Face, The (1994) Edna Buchanan
3.
4.
 Panama Deception, The (1992) Narration (Theatrical)
5.
 With Murder in Mind (1992) Gayle Wolfer
6.
 Sins of the Mother (1991) Ruth Coe
7.
 Face to Face (1990) Diana Firestone
9.
 Amos (1985) Daisy Daws
10.
 Between Darkness And Dawn (1985) Abigail Foster
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1951:
TV debut opposite her father in a segment of "Robert Montgomery Presents"
1953:
Broadway acting debut, "Late Love"
1955:
Feature debut, "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell"
1958:
Appeared in the special, "Harvey"
1961:
Starred in the TV special, "The Spiral Staircase"
1963:
Last on-screen appearance in a feature, "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?"
1964:
Cast as Samantha Stevens in the still popular "Bewitched"
1972:
TV-movie debut, "The Victim"
1978:
First performance in a miniseries, "The Awakening Land"
1992:
Final feature credit, narrated the docudrama "The Panama Deception"
1995:
Final TV-movie, "Deadline For Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan"
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Education

Spence School: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Montgomery owned 20 percent of "Bewitched."

She was nominated for nine Emmy Awards but never won.

"You wouldn't see her at parties. But you would see her at benefits." --Howard Bragman, publicist quoted in PEOPLE, June 5, 1995

"She was a star without star attitude. Elizabeth just acted like a terrific, friendly, wonderful, buoyant person." --crime reporter Edna Buchanan quoted in PEOPLE, June 5, 1995

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husband:
Fred Cammann. Married in 1954; divorced in 1955.
husband:
Gig Young. Actor. Married in 1957; divorced in 1963; born in 1917; committed suicide in 1978.
husband:
William Asher. Director, producer. Married 1963; divorced in 1974; born in 1919.
husband:
Robert Foxworth. Actor. Together from 1974; married in 1993; born on November 1, 1941; survived her.
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father:
Robert Montgomery. Actor, director. Divorced from Allan in 1950; born 1904, died 1981.
mother:
Elizabeth Bryan Montgomery. Actor. Divorced from Montgomery in 1950.
brother:
Robert Montgomery Jr. Stockbroker. Born in February 1936; survived her.
son:
William Asher Jr. Guitarmaker. Born in July 1964; father, William Asher.
son:
Robert Asher. Artist. Born in October 1965; father, William Asher.
daughter:
Rebecca Asher. Born in June 1969; father, William Asher.
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