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 in to 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. She 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 Canyon. 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 number 1230, and she shared it with her partner of 20 years, Robert Foxworth. They had met in 1974, on the set of another classic piece of television, Mrs. Sundance. Here's the driveway. 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 classy lady.
There was no funeral, and her body was cremated, and 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 Rebecca on the left, 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.
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 fa�ade has changed a bit since she lived there, but the house still stands. Paul Lynde called her "one of the all time Hollywood dykes."
Marion Lorne played Aunt Clara. She died on May 9th, 1968, of heart failure.
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. COOL.
Alice Pearce played the first Mrs. Kravitz. She died of ovarian cancer on March 3rd, 1966. The pig below replaced her.
Sandra Gould played the "other" Mrs. Kravitz. 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. Here's her house, with the carport. You can't see the broken down car and trashcans that are there. (I ain't sayin a word.) Here's another shot of the house. 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.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2000:
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 Maidstone.
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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