Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery was an American actress whose career spanned five decades. She is best remembered for her leading role as Samantha Stephens on the television series Bewitched. Montgomery continued her career with roles in numerous television films, including A Case of Rape, and The Legend of Lizzie Borden in the title role.
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Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery was an American actress whose career spanned five decades. She is best remembered for her leading role as Samantha Stephens on the television series Bewitched. The daughter of actor Robert Montgomery, she began her career in the 1950s with a role on her father’s television series Robert Montgomery Presents. Montgomery continued her career with roles in numerous television films, including A Case of Rape, as Ellen Harrod, and The Legend of Lizzie Borden in the title role. Throughout her career, Montgomery was involved in various forms of political activism and charitable work. Montgomery was of Irish and Scottish descent. Her great-grandfather, Archibald Montgomery, was born in Belfast and emigrated to the United States in 1849. Genealogical research conducted after Montgomery died found that Montgomery and Lizzies Borden, acquitted of murder in 1893, were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Montgomery made her Broadway debut, starring in Late Love, for which she won a Theater World Award for her performance. She then made her film debut in Otto Preminger’s The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell.
Montgomery returned to Broadway in 1956, appearing in The Loud Red Patrick. Montgomery’s early career consisted of starring roles and appearances in live television dramas and series, such as Studio One, Kraft Television Theater, Johnny Staccato, Burke’s Law, The Twilight Zone, The Eleventh Hour, Wagon Train, Boris Karloff’s Thriller, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She was nominated at the 13th Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of southern nightclub performer Rusty Heller in a 1960 episode of The Untouchables. She played the part of Rose Cornelius in the Rawhide episode \”Incident at El Crucero\”. Montgomery was featured in a role as a socialite who falls for a gangster in Johnny Cool, directed by William Asher, and the film comedy Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?, with Dean Martin and Carol Burnett, this time directed by Daniel Mann. In a parody of her Samantha Stephens role, she made a cameo appearance as a witch at the end of the beach party of the film Wild Bikini. The film How Stuff Works was directed by her husband at the time, Paul Lynde Lynde.
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