How Elizabeth Montgomery Worked Her Magic: 'Bewitched' Trivia

By | September 11, 2017

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Elizabeth Montgomery on Bewitched, 1964. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

The '6os sitcom Bewitched, with Elizabeth Montgomery in the lead role as a suburban witch, was part of trend of finding humor in the supernatural. Bewitched, I Dream Of Jeannie, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Flying Nun, My Favorite Martian, My Mother The Car, and others brought their completely implausible premises into living rooms week after week, and Americans generally found them hilarious. (Maybe not so much My Mother The Car.) Bewitched had the longest run of all of them, thanks in part to innovative plots, a stellar rotation of guest actors, and of course the late Elizabeth Montgomery, whose comedic gifts and beauty were ultimately why the show succeeded.

How well do you know your Bewitched trivia? Here are some bewitching facts about Bewitched:

Elizabeth Montgomery Wasn't The First Choice For Samantha

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Left: Tammy Grimes, who might have played the lead role on 'Bewitched.' Right: Elizabeth Montgomery, who did. Source: Pinterest

Sol Saks, who created the series Bewitched, admitted in several interviews that his script for the pilot episode was inspired by the films “I Married a Witch” and “Bell, Book and Candle”.

Tammy Grimes, (Best Actress Tony Award winner in 1961 for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”), was under contract to Screen Gems in 1964 and was the studio’s first choice for the role of “Cassandra” (as the lead character was named at the time). But Grimes wasn’t a fan of the concept, asking why she wouldn’t use her powers to stop wars. The producers didn’t agree and the character, now named “Samantha,” had to be recast.

Elizabeth Montgomery and her husband at the time, producer/director William Asher, were looking for a TV project they could work on together, so Harry Ackerman encouraged them to look at the Bewitched pilot script. They thought the show had possibilities so Elizabeth signed on to be Samantha.