April 15, 1933- May 18, 1995
"The minute someone says, `Oh God, you could never do that; you can't
get that kind of stuff on the air...' that`s the kind of stuff I want to
She liked to be called "Lizzie," and
always claimed to be five years younger than she was. In fact, her brother would
often tease her, because at some point, the older/younger sibling thing got
switched. For the record, she was born in 1933.
According to her death certificate, she had colon cancer for years. How this
figures into this story is a mystery, because by all accounts, it sounds like
she had just found out. Out of the blue.
Lizzie was most famous as "Samantha" in the long running television
show Bewitched. My favorite episodes were when she played cousin
"Serena." Wasn't the Boyce and Hart Cosmos Cotillion episode the best?
After the series went off the air, she concentrated on
television films, racking up a respectable number of them, including my
favorite, The Legend of Lizzie Borden. (I don't know why
I tell you my favorites. Like you care.) In March of 1995, she was filming the
CBS television film, Deadline for Murder. She thought she had the
flu because she was always tired and losing weight. After the shoot was over,
she checked in to Cedars
Sinai Medical Center, and had exploratory surgery.
was told (I guess) that her colon cancer was back. Shocked, Lizzie was too weak
for radiation therapy, so she went home to rest and returned 4 days later. More
surgery proved that the disease spread to her liver, and there was no hope. That
must have sucked.
She went home to her house on Benedict
Unfortunately, all the photographs I have of
her house are only of the driveway. Steve and I did try to sneak a peek of the
house once but a car was coming, and we freaked (It was after
midnight. Whoops. We hopped Jimmy Stewart's fence, instead). Her house was
and she shared it with her partner of 20
They had met in 1974, on the set of another
classic piece of television, Mrs. Sundance. Here's
I once wrote to her at this
address. A photo from her. My sister told me that her
signature looked like "Fabric Turnover." I thought that was funny.
Lizzie normally weighed 122 pounds, but had wasted down to 82 pounds in the
following weeks. On May 8th, she went back in to Cedars Sinai,
dehydrated and malnourished. They treated her, kept her on painkillers, and
discharged her on May 15th. She went home to die with dignity. The
doctors ceased giving her all medication, except for morphine.
Supposedly, she made Foxworth promise that he would marry again. They
embraced, and she drifted off, never to wake again. Elizabeth Montgomery died
quietly, alone, on May 18th. She requested that her husband and her
three children wait quietly in the living room. She didn't want anyone to see
her that way. Dunno if that's all true, but it's a classy ending, and she was a
There was no funeral, and her body was
cremated. Her ashes were given to
her family. No one knows what was done with them.
A memorial service was held on June 18, 1995 at the Canon Theatre in Beverly
Hills. Herbie Hancock provided the music, and Dominick Dunne spoke about their
days together in New York when they were first starting out. Other speakers
included Robert Foxworth, who read out sympathy cards from fans, her nurse, her
brother, daughter and stepson. Amanda McBroom (Mcget it?) sang, and the entire
service ended with the lights going down, and a beautiful shot of her on a video
screen. Lizzie got a standing ovation.
She asked that any donations in her memory should be made to the William
Holden Wildlife Association in Kenya, or the LA Zoo.
In June of 1999, there was an auction of her things in Beverly Hills. Her
1977 Bentley, with the license plate BENTLIZ, went for 15 grand. Wish I could
have been there. I wouldn't have bought it, I just wish I had been there.
On January 4, 2008 a star
for Elizabeth Montgomery was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her daughter (on
the left) Rebecca, her son Billy Asher, holding his daughter and Robert Asher, his wife and 3 children. Liz Sheridan was there, and told
about a time when Elizabeth let her stay in the guest house in her salad days,
and gave Liz her down payment for her first house. She said when Liz paid
Elizabeth back, she was so surprised, they went off to the racetrack to bet
it. Robert Foxworth also spoke, and mentioned that Elizabeth was shy and
would rather be gardening than attend Hollywood events.
This story was put together with the help of my very good friend, and
Findadeath buddy Steve
Smith. Thanks so much Steve.
Trivia: Lizzie was nominated for an Emmy 9 times, but never won.
As for her co-stars on Bewitched, you can go elsewhere on Findadeath for the
stories of the Dicks, Sargent and
York. Lizzie had a great dick joke, that's
included in Sargent's story.
December 6, 1900 - April 30, 1974
"You forbid me? Isn't that divine? Oh really Samatha, I think you've
lost your marbles."
Agnes Moorehead played Sam's mother
Endora. She died of cancer on April 30th,
1974. Cancer. She worked on that John Wayne film where everyone got cancer.
They filmed it in nuke land, Nevada.
This was her home on Roxbury
Drive, in Beverly Hills.
The fašade has changed a bit
since she lived there, but the house still stands. Paul Lynde called her
"one of the all time Hollywood dykes."
August 12, 1885 - May 9, 1968
Marion Lorne played
Aunt Clara. She died on May 9th, 1968, of heart failure.
played Larry Tate.
April 4, 1916 - November 27, 1990
"No, this is no pleasure trip. Especially this year. My wife insists on
coming with me."
His wife died in childbirth, and his son was killed in the
Pan Am/Lockerbie bombing over Scotland. A daughter survives him.
David lived on Blix
Street in North Hollywood.
He died on November 27, 1990 - at the North
Hollywood Medical Center.
Thank you to Findadeath.com friends Chad
Jones for the house pics, and Terri Rios for the Med Center.
David died in 1990 - two years after his son
was killed in the Lockerbie bombing. David never recovered.
According to my buddy Chuck Kearnes, until
recently, David was held in storage in the Grandview Mausoleum in Glendale, but I'm here to tell you
that David is now inurned with his son, in the Valentino Shrine - in the Cathedral
Mausoleum, at Hollywood Forever. Just a few spaces from me.
October 16, 1917 - March 3, 1966
"I have never been beautiful, but I have been blessed with a rich career
and the love of two fine men."
Alice Pearce is best known as Gladys
Kravitz, the ORIGINAL and best Gladys (not the Subway Sandwich spitting Sandra
Gould). She was a Broadway actress and a television staple. Television programs
like Dobie Gillis, Dennis the Menace, Twilight
Zone, Hazel, Donna Reed, and movies like The
Glass Bottom Boat and On the Town.
She was married twice. Her
first husband was John Rox. He wrote the song "It's a Big Wide Wonderful
World." He predeceased her. Her second, Paul Davis, had an art framing
shop in Los Angeles.
She lived in this house in the
According to Wiki (I know) she auditioned for
the part of Grandmama on The Addams Family and lost out to Jeanette
McDonald's sister, Blossom Rock.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before
production began on Bewitched. It became evident that she was becoming
more ill as the series progressed.
Alice made it through two seasons before
passing away at the age of 48.
She died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in
Cedars of Lebanon closed and merged with Mt.
Sinai, creating the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
She was awarded a posthumous Emmy for Bewitched.
She was cremated and scattered at sea. BOOOOOO!
The Kravitz House on the Warner Ranch.
Troy looking out the Gladys window.
The actual Kravitz home burned in a fire. What
the fuck is it with backlots and fires? It's like cemetery records and fires.
This was built in it's place.
Sandra Gould played
the "other" Mrs. Kravitz.
July 23, 1916 - July 20, 1999
She was one of those staples of 60's
television, appearing in everything. She was also in The Ghost and
Mr. Chicken - a true classic. When I met her, she was eating a Subway sandwich and talking
to me at the same time, thus covering me with big glops of the daily special.
Then she told me that I should HIRE her for an appearance.
Sandra lived on Oakdell
Lane, in Studio City.
her house, with the carport.
can't see the broken down car and trashcans that are there. (I ain't sayin
a word.) Here's another shot of the
On Tuesday the 20th of July 1999, Sandra died of a stroke after
heart surgery, in St.
Joseph's Medical Center, in North Hollywood.
Thank you to Findadeath.com friend Chad
Jones for the new photographs.
July 14, 1901 - February 27, 1980
"It don't make any sense, Gladys. He's got her. Why would he want to
UPDATE OCTOBER 2000:
Tobias played Mr. Kravitz. Findadeath.com
friend Bob Sile adds this account of what happened to George after death (Read
it! It's great!) and his funeral. He lived on Whitsett
on North Hollywood.
This shot is a little
Here's his front
Big thanks to Findadeath.com friend Chad
Jones for these
June 3, 1901 - March 12, 1989
"You always did have a memory like a steel trap Endora."
Maurice Evans played Samantha's
father, Maurice. Just acquired a little dirt on the guy. True or false, it
makes interesting conversation. "Maurice, who was hated by Orson Welles and other Shakespearean actors (mainly because he was a millionaire through good pay and damned good investments and they weren't), was described by a queenly old friend of mine as "the most gentlemanly chicken hawk as ever graced the Earth". He returned to England shortly after capping his career with
THE JERK and appearances on Hart to Hart and died in an upscale retirement community in
His friend and business manager, David "Taffy" Barlow, a former lover himself until he got too old, made Maurice's last days all the more comfortable by hiring teenaged
rent boys to strip down and lie in the bed with him. This quite shocked some of his deathbed visitors. I don't know if any BEWITCHED stars were among them (when that cast started dropping they went down like a pack of lemmings), but I suspect Gielgud and some of the other more stately heirs of Queen Vic were among them."
Thanks for the picture, Milt Gasser.
There were many more, but these were my favorites, and I don't have much more
info on the others. As always, feel free to share.
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