Elizabeth Montgomery was a popular American actress with over five decades of professional acting career. She is best known for her role as Samantha Stephens in the TV series Bewitched. She made impact the very beginning of her career and won awards for her debut performance. That is why she has one of the longest and successful careers in the industry. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Elizabeth Montgomery in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Elizabeth was born on 15th April 1933 in California, and her mother was an actress while her father was a film star. Her sister died as an infant, and she had a younger brother. She attended Westlake School for Girls and then Spence School in New York. Then she moved on to American Academy of Dramatic Arts for long years. Elizabeth made her debut in her father’s TV series Robert Montgomery Presents.
Elizabeth was married to Frederick Gallatin Cammann in 1954. But their married life did not last for more than a year. Then she married Academy Award winner Gig Young in 1956, and their relationship lasted till 1963. From 1963 to 1973, she was wife to William Asher who was a director cum producer.
They had three children, and their relationship broke as Elizabeth fell in love with the director and Richard Michaels resulting in an extramarital affair. Even Richard’s married life ended due to their secret relationship which lasted only two and a half years. Then she married for the fourth time to Robert Foxworth and stayed loyal till her death.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
After debuting in her father’s TV series, she became an occasional member of his father company of performers and delivered stage performances. She Broadway debut won her an award and got her recognition. Soon she made her film debut in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell in 1955. From then onwards, she appeared in so many different TV series for regular and part-time appearances. But the true breakout came in 1964 when she was cast for Bewitch, a comedy TV series for ABC.
She played the central role, and the TV series was extremely successful. It ran for eight straight seasons. The show ended due to the extra-marital affair of Elizabeth with the director William Asher. From 1973 to 1995, she has been part of several TV movies and TV series. In 1995, she died of colon cancer which spread to her liver.
Among the awards, she was nominated five times in Emmy Awards and four times in Golden Globe Awards. She won a Threat World Award for her Broadway debut. In 1995, she was awarded the Lucy Award in recognition of her creative works.
Net Worth & Earnings
She managed to accumulate a net worth of over $6.5 million during her career. A lot of her income was spent on treating her illness. She is known for her charity works, and after her death, her summer home in New York became Wonder Lake State Park. She was also politically active and campaigned for supporting Gay rights and volunteered for AIDS patients.
Elizabeth had one of the longest career spans of five decades. She had managed to leave behind a legacy and popularized the name Samantha through her character on the screen. A bronze statue of Elizabeth is built in Massachusetts. The Hollywood Walk of Fame was present in 2008 for her contribution to the TV industry.