Magical themes abound in the magical life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery, who starred as twitch-witch Samantha Stephens on the 1964–1972 television classic, Bewitched. She followed in the spotlight footsteps her parents — film and television star Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen — while Bewitched was replicated by TV shows like I Dream of Jeannie, Nanny and the Professor, as well as the short-lived late 1970’s Bewitched spin-off Tabitha, which featured Lisa Hartman as the grown-up edition of Samantha’s daughter (originally played by twins Erin and Diane Murphy).
It takes a lot for a sitcom star to transform their image. Actors strive to disappear into roles, and that’s nearly impossible to do if you spent 9 seasons playing Urkel or Kramer. That’s why sitcom stars ranging from Woody Harrelson to Elizabeth Berkley went to extremes to make people see them as someone else. We’ve even seen a much milder version of this with Disney tween star Selena Gomez’s maturation into super cool and snarky quasi-femme fatale in Hulu’s Only Murders In the Building. But long before Jessie Spano spun around a stripper pole and Woody Boyd became a natural born killer, Samantha Stephens went from a witch/housewife to the axe-toting Lizzie Borden.
Phoenix New Times
Life continues to offer hills and valleys, Elizabeth Montgomery said last week. Her new job as social media editor of Downtown Phoenix, Inc., a nonprofit that promotes city development, was so far a very pleasant hill. A recent stint at the Arizona Republic was more of a valley. “I moved...
Friends and family gathered at Coldwater Creek RV Park in Marble Falls on June 25 to celebrate World War II veteran Elizabeth “Beth” Montgomery’s 100th birthday. The event, organized by Montgomery’s family and neighbors, was a celebration of her long life and years of military service. “For a woman who’s...