Elizabeth MontgomeryElizabeth Victoria Montgomery (15 April 1933 - 18 May 1995) was an American movie and television actress. Montgomery is perhaps best remembered for her leading role as the witch Samantha in the ABC sitcom Bewitched. She was the daughter of actors Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Allen.
Her mother 'Elizabeth Allen Montgomery' and her father Robert Montgomery were both actors. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her TV debut in her father's 1950s playhouse series "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950) and appeared in more than 200 live programs over the next decade. She once remarked "I guess you could say I'm a TV baby". Notable early film roles included "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" (1955) and "Johnny Cool" (1963). She is best remembered, however, for her leading role as the witch Samantha in the top-rated ABC sitcom "Bewitched" (1964-72). Her family - mother Endora (Agnes Moorehead), look-alike cousin (Montgomery) and advertising executive husband Darrin (first Dick York then Dick Sargent) - tried to suppress her supernatural skills but often turned to her tricks to solve problems. The signal of impending witchcraft was a twitch of Samantha's nose. After her first and only TV series ended she turned to made-for-TV movies, many of which won critical praise: "A Case of Rape" (1974), "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (1975), "Black Widow Murders" (1993). She narrated the movie "The Panama Deception" which won an Academy Award in 1993. Reference works showed her as 62 when she died though the family said she was 57. The family did not disclose the type of cancer which caused her death - though it was eventually revealed to be colon cancer
She died 8 weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer and was cremated.
Member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Daughter of 'Elizabeth Allen' and Robert Montgomery.
Ms. Montgomery refused to do her famous nose twitch for enduring fans after her "Bewitched" show went off the air. She spent the remainder of her career pursuing dramatic roles that took her as far away from the Samantha typecast as possible.
She had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery.
Despite its fame, Montgomery never actually twitched her nose to cause Samantha's magic to occur. Instead she twitched her upper lip, which caused her nose to follow and thus gave the impression she was twitching her nose.