The Death of Elizabeth Montgomery Dick Sargent Dick York

Elizabeth Montgomery
April 15, 1933- May 18, 1995
The minute someone says, `Oh God, you could never do that; you can’tget that kind of stuff on the air…’ that`s the kind of stuff I want todo.”

She liked to be called “Lizzie,” andalways claimed to be five years younger than she was. In fact, her brother wouldoften tease her, because at some point, the older/younger sibling thing gotswitched. For the record, she was born in 1933.

According to her death certificate, she had colon cancer for years. How thisfigures into this story is a mystery, because by all accounts, it sounds likeshe had just found out. Out of the blue.

Lizzie was most famous as “Samantha” in the long running televisionshow Bewitched. My favorite episodes were when she played cousin”Serena.” Wasn’t the Boyce and Hart Cosmos Cotillion episode the best?

After the series went off the air, she concentrated ontelevision films, racking up a respectable number of them, including myfavorite, The Legend of Lizzie Borden. (I don’t know whyI tell you my favorites. Like you care.) In March of 1995, she was filming theCBS television film, Deadline for Murder. She thought she had theflu because she was always tired and losing weight. After the shoot was over,she checked in to CedarsSinai Medical Center, and had exploratory surgery. 

Shewas told (I guess) that her colon cancer was back. Shocked, Lizzie was too weakfor radiation therapy, so she went home to rest and returned 4 days later. Moresurgery proved that the disease spread to her liver, and there was no hope. Thatmust have sucked.

She went home to her house on BenedictCanyon. 

Unfortunately, all the photographs I have ofher house are only of the driveway. Steve and I did try to sneak a peek of thehouse once but a car was coming, and we freaked (It was aftermidnight. Whoops. We hopped Jimmy Stewart’s fence, instead). Her house wasnumber 1230, 

and she shared it with her partner of 20years, RobertFoxworth. 

They had met in 1974, on the set of anotherclassic piece of television, Mrs. Sundance. Here’sthe driveway. 

I once wrote to her at thisaddress. A photo from her. My sister told me that hersignature looked like “Fabric Turnover.” I thought that was funny.

Lizzie normally weighed 122 pounds, but had wasted down to 82 pounds in thefollowing weeks. On May 8th, she went back in to Cedars Sinai,dehydrated and malnourished. They treated her, kept her on painkillers, anddischarged her on May 15th. She went home to die with dignity. Thedoctors ceased giving her all medication, except for morphine.

Supposedly, she made Foxworth promise that he would marry again. Theyembraced, and she drifted off, never to wake again. Elizabeth Montgomery diedquietly, alone, on May 18th. She requested that her husband and herthree children wait quietly in the living room. She didn’t want anyone to seeher that way. Dunno if that’s all true, but it’s a classy ending, and she was aclassy lady.

There was no funeral, and her body wascremated. Her ashes were given toher family. No one knows what was done with them.

A memorial service was held on June 18, 1995 at the Canon Theatre in BeverlyHills. Herbie Hancock provided the music, and Dominick Dunne spokeabout theirdays together in New York when they were first starting out. Other speakersincluded Robert Foxworth, who read out sympathy cards from fans, her nurse, herbrother, daughter and stepson. Amanda McBroom (Mcget it?) sang, and the entireservice ended with the lights going down, and a beautiful shot of her on a videoscreen. Lizzie got a standing ovation.

She asked that any donations in her memory should be made to the WilliamHolden Wildlife Association in Kenya, or the LA Zoo.

In June of 1999, there was an auction of her things in Beverly Hills. Her1977 Bentley, with the license plate BENTLIZ, went for 15 grand. Wish I couldhave been there. I wouldn’t have bought it, I just wish I had been there.

On January 4, 2008 a starfor Elizabeth Montgomery was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  

Her daughter (onthe left) Rebecca, her son Billy Asher, holding his daughter and Robert Asher, his wife and 3 children.  Liz Sheridan was there, and toldabout a time when Elizabeth let her stay in the guest house in her salad days,and gave Liz her down payment for her first house.  She said when Liz paidElizabeth back, she was so surprised, they went off to the racetrack to betit.  Robert Foxworth also spoke, and mentioned that Elizabeth was shy andwould rather be gardening than attend Hollywood events.

This story was put together with the help of my very good friend, andFindadeath buddy SteveSmith. Thanks so much Steve.

Trivia: Lizzie was nominated for an Emmy 9 times, but never won.

As for her co-stars on Bewitched, you can go elsewhere on Findadeath for thestories of the Dicks, Sargent and York. Lizzie had a great dick joke, that’sincluded in Sargent’s story.

Agnes Moorehead
December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974
You forbid me? Isn’t that divine? Oh really Samatha, I think you’velost your marbles.”

Agnes Moorehead played Sam’s motherEndora. She died of cancer on April 30th,1974. Cancer. She worked on that John Wayne film where everyone got cancer.They filmed it in nuke land, Nevada.

This was her home on RoxburyDrive, in Beverly Hills. 

The façade has changed a bitsince she lived there, but the house still stands. Paul Lynde called her”one of the all time Hollywood dykes.”

Marion Lorne
August 12, 1885 – May 9, 1968
I goofed.”

Marion Lorne playedAunt Clara. She died on May 9th, 1968, of heart failure.

David Whiteplayed Larry Tate. 

David White
April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990
No, this is no pleasure trip. Especially this year. My wife insists oncoming with me.”

His wife died in childbirth, and his son was killed in thePan Am/Lockerbie bombing over Scotland. A daughter survives him. David lived on BlixStreet in North Hollywood.  

Here’s hishouse.  

He died on November 27, 1990 – at the NorthHollywood Medical Center.  

Thank you to Findadeath.com friends ChadJones for the house pics, and Terri Rios for the Med Center.

David died in 1990 – two years after his sonwas killed in the Lockerbie bombing.  David never recovered. According to my buddy Chuck Kearnes, untilrecently, David was held in storage in the Grandview Mausoleum in Glendale, but I’m here to tell youthat David is now inurned with his son, in the Valentino Shrine – in the CathedralMausoleum, at Hollywood Forever.  Just a few spaces from me. COOL.  

  

Alice Pearce
October 16, 1917 – March 3, 1966
I have never been beautiful, but I have been blessed with a rich careerand the love of two fine men.”

Alice Pearce is best known as GladysKravitz, the ORIGINAL and best Gladys (not the Subway Sandwich spitting SandraGould). She was a Broadway actress and a television staple. Television programslike Dobie Gillis, Dennis the Menace, TwilightZone, Hazel, Donna Reed, and movies like TheGlass Bottom Boat and On the Town.

She was married twice. Herfirst husband was John Rox. He wrote the song “It’s a Big Wide WonderfulWorld.” He predeceased her. Her second, Paul Davis, had an art framingshop in Los Angeles. 

She lived in this house in theHollywood Hills.

According to Wiki (I know) she auditioned forthe part of Grandmama on The Addams Family and lost out to JeanetteMcDonald’s sister, Blossom Rock.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer beforeproduction began on Bewitched. It became evident that she was becomingmore ill as the series progressed.

Alice made it through two seasons beforepassing away at the age of 48.

She died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital inHollywood.

Cedars of Lebanon closed and merged with Mt.Sinai, creating the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

She was awarded a posthumous Emmy for Bewitched.

She was cremated and scattered at sea. BOOOOOO!

The Kravitz House on the Warner Ranch.

Troy looking out the Gladys window.

The actual Kravitz home burned in a fire. Whatthe fuck is it with backlots and fires? It’s like cemetery records and fires.This was built in it’s place. 

ABNAHHHHH!

Sandra Gould playedthe “other” Mrs. Kravitz. 

Sandra Gould
July 23, 1916 – July 20, 1999
Abner!”

She was one of those staples of 60’s television, appearing in everything.  She was also in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken – a true classic.  When I met her, she was eating a Subway sandwich and talkingto me at the same time, thus covering me with big glops of the daily special. Then she told me that I should HIRE her for an appearance.

Sandra lived on OakdellLane, in Studio City. 

Here’sher house, with the carport. 

Youcan’t see the broken down car and trashcans that are there. (I ain’t sayina word.)  Here’s another shot of thehouse. 

On Tuesday the 20th of July 1999, Sandra died of a stroke afterheart surgery, in St.Joseph’s Medical Center, in North Hollywood.

 Thank you to Findadeath.com friend ChadJones for the new photographs.

George Tobias
July 14, 1901 – February 27, 1980
It don’t make any sense, Gladys. He’s got her. Why would he want tokiss you?”

UPDATE OCTOBER 2000:
GeorgeTobias played Mr. Kravitz. Findadeath.comfriend Bob Sile adds this account of what happened to George after death (Readit! It’s great!) and his funeral.  He lived on Whitsetton North Hollywood. 

Here’shis house. 

This shot is a littlecloser. 

Here’s his frontdoor. 

Big thanks to Findadeath.com friend ChadJones for thesepictures.

     

Maurice Evans
June 3, 1901 – March 12, 1989
You always did have a memory like a steel trap Endora.”

Maurice Evans played Samantha’sfather, Maurice.  Just acquired a little dirt on the guy.  True or false, itmakes interesting conversation.  “Maurice, who was hated by Orson Welles and other Shakespearean actors (mainly because he was a millionaire through good pay and damned good investments and they weren’t), was described by a queenly old friend of mine as “the most gentlemanly chicken hawk as ever graced the Earth”. He returned to England shortly after capping his career with THE JERK and appearances on Hart to Hart and died in an upscale retirement community inMaidstone.

His friend and business manager, David “Taffy” Barlow, a former lover himself until he got too old, made Maurice’s last days all the more comfortable by hiring teenagedrent boys to strip down and lie in the bed with him. This quite shocked some of his deathbed visitors. I don’t know if any BEWITCHED stars were among them (when that cast started dropping they went down like a pack of lemmings), but I suspect Gielgud and some of the other more stately heirs of Queen Vic were among them.”  

Thanks for the picture, Milt Gasser.

There were many more, but these were my favorites, and I don’t have much moreinfo on the others. As always, feel free to share.

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