Elizabeth Montgomery Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery was born on 15 April 1933, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of Irish and Scottish ancestry. Elizabeth was an actress, probably best known for her characterisation of Samantha Stephens in the series “Bewitched”. She also had parts in television films including “The Legend of Lizzie Borden”, and “A Case of Rape”. All of her efforts helped put her net worth to where it was prior to her passing from cancer in 1995.
How rich was Elizabeth Montgomery? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that was at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. She was part of the industry for over five decades and found success on various platforms, all of which contributed to the position of her wealth before her death.
Elizabeth Montgomery Net Worth $5 million
Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Daniel Bryan Montgomery, both of whom were actors. She attended Westlake School for Girls and then Spence School. After matriculating, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, studying there for three years.
One of her earliest opportunities was as part of his father’s show “Robert Montgomery Presents”, in which she appeared occasionally. She would go on and make her debut on Broadway in “Late Love”, for which she won an award for her performance, and was soon cast for her first film – “The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell”. While doing films, she continued appearing in Broadway performances as well, and her popularity was growing on television as well, playing parts in “Johnny Staccato”, “The Twilight Zone”, and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in an episode of “The Untouchables”. Other titles of early films she was a part of include “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?” and “Johnny Cool”. Her net worth certainly grew steadily.
Montgomery would earn a significant amount of popularity and net worth when she became part of the sitcom “Bewitched”. She played the star role of Samantha Stephens, and the show would become a huge success in ratings, airing from 1964 to 1972, with the final season aired the following year despite problems between Elizabeth and the director William Asher. During this time, she won numerous awards and also lent her voice for the series highly popular TV series “The Flintstones”.
Later in her career, she took on film parts that were vastly different from her character in “Bewitched”. Occasionally she would appear on Japanese television reprising the same type of character, but then she started to go for more dramatic and serious roles. Montgomery was nominated for her roles in films such as “A Case of Rape”, and “The Legend of Lizzie Borden “. She continued making these genres of films, and even had a villainous role in “Amos”. She did her last Broadway production in 1989 entitled “Love Letters” and one of her final projects was voicing for “Batman: The Animated Series”.
For her personal life, her first marriage was to Frederick Gallatin Cammann in 1954, but it lasted for less than a year, however, two years later she would marry actor Gig Young, but they divorced in 1963. but she then married William Asher in the same year. They had three children, but also divorced in 1973. Her final marriage was to actor Robert Foxworth in 1993, and they remained together until her death. In 1995, Elizabeth was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, of which she had already been displaying symptoms while working that year. The diagnosis was severe as there was no longer anything the doctors could do, so she went home and died just two months later. Her home was sold and it eventually became Wonder Lake State Park.
On a couple episodes of Bewitched (1964), she was pregnant with two children, retrospectively, in real-life, she was pregnant, twice more, within 4 years, with Robert and Rebecca.
When her Bewitched (1964) co-star, Dick York, had serious health problems, between the third and fifth seasons, she and co-star, Erin Murphy became more concerned about him, who left the show, after the fifth season.
Several obituaries listed her as single and age 57 when she was actually married to Robert Foxworth and age 62. Her death certificate listed her name as Elizabeth A. Montgomery though her middle name was Victoria.
Was the only cast member to appear in all 254 episodes of Bewitched (1964).
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 36, a daughter, Rebecca Asher, on June 17, 1969. Child's father is her 3rd husband, William Asher Jr.
Is only 3 days older than Jayne Mansfield. Montgomery was born April 15, 1933, and Mansfield was born April 19, 1933.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son, William Asher Jr., on July 24, 1964. Child's father is her 3rd husband, William Asher Sr.
Gave birth to her 2nd Child at age 32, a son, Robert Asher, on October 5, 1965. Child's father is her 3rd husband, William Asher Sr.
She was a staunch liberal Democrat and feminist who was an activist for LGBT rights.
She was two months pregnant with her first child, son William Asher Jr., when she filmed the pilot episode of Bewitched (1964), _I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha_. She returned to work two months after giving birth to resume filming the 1st season. The same situation was when she was eight months pregnant with her second child, son Robert Asher - she took maternity leave from filming the 2nd season and returned to work two months after giving birth.
Was 7 months pregnant with her third child, daughter Rebecca Asher, when she took maternity leave from filming the 6th season of Bewitched (1964). Returned to work one month after giving birth.
In a parody of her "Samantha Stephens" role, she made a cameo appearance as a witch at the end of the beach party film, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), directed by her then-husband, William Asher.
Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin.".
Turned down the role of "Krystle Carrington" on Dynasty (1981).
She fell in love with director Richard Michaels during filming of the eighth season of Bewitched (1964), and moved in with him when the season was complete. This broke up both their marriages and ended the possibility of a ninth season. The relationship lasted two and a half years.
Was a grand marshal with former TV husband Dick Sargent at the 1992 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. Elizabeth was a supporter of gay rights and also women's rights throughout her life.
Received a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on January 4, 2008.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Samantha in Bewitched (1964). When they were trying to figure out a trademark for the character Samantha, the director William Asher noticed that when she got nervous, she twitched her upper lip, which caused her nose to follow and thus gave the impression she was twitching her nose. Thus, they used that.
A 9 foot bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha Stephens riding sidesaddle on her broomstick now resides in a downtown park in Salem, Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century.
Montgomery spent weekends and summers at the family farm in upstate Patterson, New York. Often referenced in episodes of Bewitched (1964) as "Patterson Garage" or "Cushman Cosmetics", Cushman Road is the rural, dirt road on which the several hundred acre Montgomery estate is located.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 422-423. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
She lost out on the part of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954) to Eva Marie Saint. Director Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," says that the choice of an actress to play the part was narrowed down to Montgomery and Saint. Although Montgomery was fine in her screen test, there was an air of finishing school about her. Kazan thought this genteel quality would not be becoming for Edie, who was raised on the waterfront in Hoboken, NJ. Despite qualms about 30-year old Saint playing a teen, she was cast in the part and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
She was a sister of Robert Montgomery Jr.. She also had an older sister, Martha Bryan, (born October 13, 1930), but she died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months, before Elizabeth was born.
She and Robert Foxworth lived together for nineteen years before finally marrying.
Deep, sultry voice.
The role of Samantha Stephens on Bewitched (1964).
Blonde hair, green eyes.
I was never bored on the set, not one minute for 8 years was I bored. Does that sound so disgustingly Pollyanna you can hardly stand it? Because it's not. It was like going to college for 8 years and taking an in depth course in what you really wanted to do. So it was very, very exciting for me, I mean I learned a lot of stuff, a lot.
[when asked if it's hard to juggle working and raising kids] Yes it is, and as a result, I will never win any Mother of the Year awards, I hope I'm getting better. Everybody I think, parents and kids have to grow up together. Nobody can really ready you for motherhood whether you work or whether you don't. Parenting is probably the toughest job anybody's ever had, and I'm haven't been really good at it, but like I say, I think I've gotten better.
[on her father's reaction to her wanting to be an actress] He told me 'If that's what you want to do, you're gonna really want to have to do it because there's no room out there for some gutless wonder wandering around, you know, there are too many talented people'. And he said it's one of the most horrifyingly, ego-blasting, destructive, awful, businesses that you can possibly get into, and he said 'I really wouldn't really wish it on anyone I care even a little bit about'. So knowing he cared more than a little bit about me, I thought 'Whoops, this is really tough a one'. However after that conversation, he did say to me that when it is rewarding and it is good, it is such a high you can't imagine it, and he's right.
[commenting on Tabitha (1976), the spin-off of Bewitched (1964)] First of all, I didn't see the show, but I heard that she [Lisa Hartman] didn't twitch as well as I did. I kept getting mail from people were who outraged, saying, Where is Erin Murphy? What in the world (is going on)?! This woman is 25...this doesn't make any sense.' I was getting mail from people like it was my fault, although also saying, 'Thank God you didn't have anything to do with this.' They felt betrayed. I thought, 'How can you be betrayed by a TV show?' But they were irate. I got almost as much mail about that as I get about anything else. It was very funny...ranged from kids who hated it to grownups who said, 'This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen.'
Like most people, I secretly hope that it's true - that there are witches like Samantha, and that families like hers really do exist.
The minute someone says, "Oh God, you could never do that; you can't get that kind of stuff on the air!" . . . that's the kind of stuff I want to do.