Elizabeth Montgomery was an American actress most famous for her role as a witch named Samantha in "Bewitched." Montgomery acted in numerous movies and several dramatic television series before she died of cancer at the age of 57.
Montgomery's most famous title, "Bewitched," received top television ratings from 1964 to 1972. Montgomery's father, Robert Montgomery, was a famed actor in the 1930s and 1940s. Robert Montgomery received multiple Oscar award nominations. In fact, Elizabeth Montgomery's acting debut came in 1951 on her father's television show. Elizabeth Montgomery went on to perform on Broadway in "The Loud Red Patrick" and "Late Love."
Montgomery married "Bewitched" creator Bill Asher in 1963. Asher was Montgomery's third husband and the couple had three children. She worked as an advocate for gay rights after her "Bewitched" co-star Dick Sargent came out as gay in 1991. Montgomery's acting also ventured into the political arena, with her narration of "The Panama Deception," a documentary that discussed U.S. involvement in Panama in 1989. She also advocated for Amnesty International and for AIDS awareness. Colorectal cancer claimed Montgomery's life only eight weeks after she received her diagnosis. Montgomery received nine Emmy award nominations and three Golden Globe award nominations.