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20 Years Later, Elizabeth Montgomery Fans Are Still ‘Bewitched’

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It is currently 9:56 pm on Sunday night, May 17th, 2015 and tomorrow  marks the 20th year after actress Elizabeth Montgomery’s passing. When Founder/Executive Director of the Classic TV Preservation Society Herbie J. Pilato sent me some books about her to review (links to where you can purchase them will be below, and full reviews of each will be posted as they are completed), I really didn’t know what to expect. I had watched very few episodes of Bewitched in my life, but was aware of them somewhat in passing. I didn’t know her name, I simply knew her as the ‘witch with a twitch’ (referring to her Bewitched character Samantha’s habit of twitching her nose when she’s doing magic). That all changed when I picked up Pilato’s The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery. I became enchanted with the interesting and confident and gutsy life she lived, and fell in love with the characters I read about her playing. I came to deeply respect and admire a person who had such fame and used it to prove a point or to open eyes or to break down barriers. Ms. Montgomery was an intelligent, empowered woman, and the world needs more people like her. She passed away of cancer at her home in Beverly Hills in 1995, but her political activism and charity work are still remembered. Rest in peace, Elizabeth. Rest in peace.

Who is your favourite starlet of Classic TV? Mine would have to be Lucille Ball (which is interesting, since William Asher, who directed both ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Bewitched’ was also at one point Elizabeth Montgomery’s husband):

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For the Elizabeth Montgomery fan, or for someone who just wants to know about her filmography, check out this book: The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery – Herbie J. Pilato (the one I’m currently enjoying)

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For the Elizabeth Montgomery diehard who wants an in-depth look at Elizabeth’s life and career: Twitch Upon a Star – Herbie J. Pilato

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For any lover of the women of Classic television: Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door – Herbie J. Pilato

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Love ‘Bewitched’? Love Elizabeth Montgomery? Check This Out!

So I was contacted by Mr. Herbie J. Pilato to review some books he wrote about Elizabeth Montgomery (star of the original Bewitched show of classic TV fame), in honour of the 20th anniversary of her passing coming up this May 18. Any fans of classic TV or of Bewitched specifically are going to want to see this video or pick up these books. Below is my ‘Package-Opening Video’ of the material he sent me (I’m currently reading The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery, and immensely enjoying it). Do you have a favourite TV series from your childhood? What is it? My favourites were always ArthurBill Nye the Science Guy, Kratt’s Kreatures and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? As a teenager, my favourites were CSI: Las Vegas and MacGyver. Now, with the rise of Netflix, my favourites are so many to name that I could literally make a list as long as my arm. Right now, I am enjoying GrimmPenny DreadfulPuella Magi Madoka MagicaOnce Upon a TimeDownton Abbey, and as always, Doctor Who.

So in honour of Ms. Montgomery, watch some Bewitched reruns and check out this video below!