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Elizabeth Montgomery (April 15, 1933-May 19 1995) was an American actress, most famous for her role as Samantha on Bewitched, which aired from 1964 to 1972. She had a prolific career in television and film, and was nominated for several Emmys, Golden Globes, and other awards. She was married four times throughout her life and had three children.

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Montgomery was born in Los Angeles, California to actors Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Allen. She attended Spence School and later the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is quoted as having said, "I guess you could say I'm a TV baby."

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She made her debut on her father's show Robert Montgomery Presents when she was 19 years old. She appeared in a host of live drama television series, including Studio One, Kraft Television Theater, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1955, she debuted on the big screen with The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1960 for her portrayal of a prostitute in an episode of The Untouchables. By 1964, she landed the role of Samantha, the beautiful, nose-twitching protagonist of the series Bewitched. The series ran for eight season, and was renewed for a ninth, but Montgomery decided she wanted to move on instead. She was nominated for five Emmys and four Golden Globes for her work on Bewitched alone.

 

 

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After her work on Bewitched, she filmed a series of Japanese television commercials, reenacting the nose twitch that had been a notorious trait of her character on Bewitched. She then tried to turn away from the goody-goody type she played in Bewitched. She played a rape victim in A Case of Rape (1974), earning an Emmy nomination. She went on to play a number of challenging roles, including the accused but later acquitted axe murderess Lizzie Borden in William Bast's The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975).

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Montgomery was fairly active in political life. She was a staunch liberal, and championed gay and women's rights throughout her life. She narrated for the documentary films Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair (1988) and The Panama Deception, which won an Academy Award in 1992.

Her personal life has been one of relatively large public interest. She was married four times, her second marriage to actor Gig Young, who is believed to have been an abusive alcoholic. She had three children with producer William Asher during her third marriage, though it has recently come out that she had at least one affair during that marriage. After nearly twenty years in a relationship with Robert Foxworth, she married him in 1993. Tragically, Montgomery was diagnosed with cancer in 1995, and died just eight weeks later at her home in Beverly Hills.

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  • Birthday Date: Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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