The Bewitching Agnes Moorehead's Long Pre-Sitcom Career

By Karen Harris
Agnes Moorehead as Endora in 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

You probably remember her best as Samantha’s kooky, mortal-hating mother, Endora, on the hit 1960s television sit-com, Bewitched, but Agnes Moorehead had a long and diverse career long before Bewitched … and she was quick to remind people of that. After all, the actress appears in Citizen Kane, studied pantomime with the great Marcel Marceau, earned a doctorate in literature, enjoyed a successful radio career, and acted alongside Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Lauren Bacall. No wonder Agnes Moorehead felt that an implausible TV sitcom was beneath her.