PRESS RELEASE Essential Elizabeth Montgomery
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THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY
A GUIDE TO HER MAGICAL PERFORMANCES
By Herbie J Pilato
(Taylor Trade Publishing)
Elizabeth Montgomery’s talent, charisma, and personality have charmed millions
THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY: A GUIDE TO HER
MAGICAL PERFORMANCES by Herbie J Pilato (Twitch Upon A Star, Taylor
Trade, 2012) is a delightful new book that delineates, dissects, and celebrates the
diversity of Montgomery’s remarkable career, while chronicling just how much her
real life spilled into her historic roles on stage and screen.
Based on Pilato’s exclusive interviews with the actress and supplemented with
commentary provided by, among others, legendary and Oscar-nominated actress
Juanita Moore (Imitation of Life, 1959), who co-starred with Elizabeth in a
monumental episode of 77 Sunset Strip about prejudice), and a myriad of
With plot summaries, airdates, release dates, and behind-the-scenes notes and
anecdotes of select performances, THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH
MONTGOMERY is the ultimate handy, entertaining, and informative reference
to her performances before, during and after Bewitched – including:
Her feature films like The Court-Martial of BillyMitchell (1955, with Gary
Cooper), Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed? (1963, with DeanMartin and Carol
Burnett), and Johnny Cool (1963, directed by future husband and Bewitched
Her ground-breaking TV-Movies such as: A Case of Rape(1974), The Legend of
LizzieBorden (1975), The AwakeningLand(1977), and A Killing Affair(about
an inter-racial love affair in which she co-starred with OJ Simpson!).
Fun Facts about Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth loved to draw, and once had aspirations to work for Walt Disney as a
When she was in her teens, Elizabeth’s parents forbade her to go to the movies, which
was odd considering her father was movie star Robert Montgomery!
One of Elizabeth’s favorite films was Lili, released in 1953, and which starred Leslie
Caron as a woman who joined the circus. In 1981, Elizabeth starred in the TV-movie,
When the Circus Came to Town, in which she played a character who did the same thing!
Elizabeth attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with Brady Bunch star
Florence Henderson who played mom to Maureen McCormick’s Marcia, Marcia,
Marcia. Years before, McCormick made two guest appearances on Bewitched, the first
in which she played Samantha’s witchly-daughter in a dream sequence!
Before Bewitched, Elizabeth made over 200 guest-star TV appearances on shows like
The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables, the latter on which she played a prostitute –
and for which she earned her first of several Emmy nominations!
Elizabeth once twitched on an episode of Burke’s Law years before she trademarked that
famous facial move on Bewitched!
Elizabeth agreed to play Samantha on Bewitched after Broadway actress Tammy
Grimes said no. Grimes then later played “Tamantha” on TV’s The Tammy Grimes
Show – which co-starred Dick Sargent (Bewitched’s second Darrin)!
Years after Bewitched, Elizabeth turned down the role of Krystal Carrington on
TV’s Dynasty nighttime soap. The role then went to Linda Evans. She also turned
down a part on Falcon Crest - another evening serial. This time, the role then went to
Kim Novak (who played a witch in the 1958 feature film, Bell, Book & Candle).
One of Samantha’s “rivals” on Bewitched was named Buffy, the nickname for
Elizabeth’s real-life stepmother Elizabeth Buffy Harkness!
“…a definitive source…rare and factualinsight into what makes an actor, a hit show, and much
more…Pilato is a virtual professor of popular culture…essential reading.”
— Ed Spielman, creator ofthe Emmy Award-winning ABC-TVseries Kung Fu
“Pilato has served up a gourmet reader's feast with new,never-before-published material as well as culled
from his massive buffet of previous books. Exhaustively detailed and annotated with a plethora of film
and TV appearances,this book is an ‘essential’ for classic TV fans and the millions who will forever be
bewitched by Elizabeth Montgomery.”
— Greg Ehrbar, writer and producer
“Herbie J Pilato has spent a lifetime researching and writing on media, as his backlist readily attests.
Now, on the heels of his brilliant Twitch Upon A Star,comes the ultimate resource for Montgomery fans.
The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery is a must-have for lovers of classic TV.”
— MatthewWorley, journalist, syndicated broadcaster, host, By the Book radio show
“Herbie J Pilato has created a loving, extensive, and incisive portrait of an actress who deserves the
attention…An important addition to any pop culture collection.”
— Lou Aronica, New York Times bestselling author
“Herbie rides again! Mr. Pilato always does his homework, and this is proof of it. The Essential Elizabeth
Montgomery is a wonderfully concise guide and narrative of one of television’s leading ladies. Although
Elizabeth is missed, this book does have the magical ability to bring her wonderful energy and charm
back to the reader.”
— Eric Scott, actor, The Waltons, and Bewitched guest star
“Herbie J Pilato’s thoroughly researched The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery told me all about the
young woman I fawned over back in the day, and, while I was smitten with her as a young man, I came
away from Herbie’s effort with even more affection and respect for this green-eyed beauty.”
— Paul Petersen, president and founder of A Minor Consideration; actor, author, and advocate
“Herbie J Pilato truly honors the amazing life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery. With a passionate and
comprehensive chronology, Pilato weaves the story of how both her life and career overlapped and
demonstrates how her very essence aligned with each character she portrayed…An enlightening history
of an enchanted human being that will surely make any of her fans smile.”
— Sandy Pedeflous, creator, Smile TV
“Thank you, Herbie J—for bringing back the magic with yet another wonderful depiction of Elizabeth’s
life story; by helping us discover her realcharacter,and by bringing her back into our hearts and homes
through this thoughtful, lovely book.”
— Névine Salvadé, author
“Herbie J Pilato's The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery completes the journey of transforming a
Hollywood icon into a close personal friend. . . . [This book is] skillfully and personally crafted; a joy to
read…A perfect companion for fans of Ms. Montgomery or Hollywood. Cheers to another great read by
— David E. Garamella, The Giving Collaborative
ABOUT HERBIE J PILATO
Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the author of several media tie-in books,
including Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door and Retro Active Television
(both to be published in the fall of 2014), and The Essential Elizabeth
Montgomery: A Guide to Her MagicalPerformances (Taylor Trade, 2013). Pilato
has worked for A&E, TLC, Bravo, Syfy, the TV Guide Network, Sony, Warner
Bros. and NBCUniversal, and is the Founder & Executive Director of The Classic
TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit that seeks to close the gap between popular
culture and education).
Recent TV Interviews
CCN News in Pasadena, CA (6-minutes)
“Reel Hollywood Live – with Ben & Reba (15-minutes @ cue 25:57)
“Forgotten Hollywood” (30 minutes)
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