Born 1933 in Los Angeles, California, American film, stage, and television actress Elizabeth Montgomery whose career spanned five decades. She is best remembered for her leading role as Samantha Stephens on the television series Bewitched.
Montgomery began her career in the 1950s with a role on her father’s television series Robert Montgomery Presents, and won a Theater World Award for her 1956 Broadway debut in the production Late Love. In the 1960s, she became known for her role as Samantha Stephens on the ABC sitcom Bewitched. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations.
After Bewitched ended its run in 1972, Montgomery continued her career with roles in numerous television films, including A Case of Rape (1974), as Ellen Harrod, and The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) in the title role. Both roles earned her additional Emmy Award nominations.
Throughout her career, Montgomery was involved in various forms of political activism and charitable work. She has been cited as one of the earliest celebrities to support gay rights and advocate for AIDS patients, volunteering with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and amfAR at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Montgomery died at home in 1995 because of colon cancer, at the age of 62. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was presented in honor of Montgomery’s work in television on January 4, 2008.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Elizabeth Montgomery in the 1960s and early 1970s.