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Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery

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  • Posted October 19, 2012

    A Must Read!

    I’m only in my twenties and just recently started watching “Bewitched.” I also got a few of Elizabeth Montgomery’s TV-movies on DVD. Man, she was HOT! But more than that, and as I read about her in TWITCH UPON A STAR, she seemed like a real cool lady. How awesome that Herbie J Pilato got to meet and talk with her! And he spells it out so clearly in the book, which is thought-provoking in a lot of ways, and definitely not your average celebrity biography. Mr. Pilato has such an accessible style in the way he writes. It’s like he’s talking with you in your living room. There’s no “foo-foo” arrogance in this book, which is very cool because that’s just the kind of picture that he paints about Ms. Montgomery….that she was just so down to earth. And that’s so good to learn about her…and this book is so good to read. Totally recommend it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    Most certainly a twitching good read. As a young man I was somew

    Most certainly a twitching good read. As a young man I was somewhat limited by my disability to partake of much outdoor play activity.So my playground became television and my playmates the actors on it, One of my favorites was BEWITCHED and its star Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie J Pilato does an extremely good job presenting not oonly his thorough research but his passion for his subject;. As a lover of classic television I cravebackstage insights to the players and producers. Pilato provides that and more. How "Lizzie's" relationships with her critical father Robert Montgomery  make her the iconic she became in her own right. Her loving but troubled marriages that gave her personal independence.And Elizabeth's humanitarian work on behalf of AIDS,  Peace Movement, and Disability Rights makes her a true heroine to me. Lizzie and her show gave me great joy as a youngster. Her dedication to the cause of disability as an adult let me come full circle after reading TWITCH UPON A STAR. Yes a great read for everyone who loves going back a short ways and rediscover the magic of television and how a cute but purposeful nose twitch but you feel so much better and that all was right again. For me Elizabeth Montgomery did just that. On television, in production studios, or on the streets with her fans in need of her nose twitch or two..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

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    BORING!!! And that's just the portion I' ve managed to read. It doesn't really even rate one star. I truly hope someone will write a biography that does justice to Elizabeth Montgomery. I don't understand why so much attention was paid to her father. I believe it would be difficult to find too many people under the age of seventy who even know who he was, let alone find anyone who has seen any of his movies. The author kept describing him as handsome-not in any of the pictures I've seen of him. Save your money and don't waste your time. I' m still waiting to read a good biography of this talented and delightful woman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    I found this book to be all over the place timeline wise. Also

    I found this book to be all over the place timeline wise. Also this was not an 'in depth' book about Elizabeth. I was definitely looking for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Don't waste your $$

    This is the most boring and redundant book I have ever read. The author repeats the same stories and scenarios over and over. I just made it through less than one quarter of the book and then gave up! What a waste of my time and money. I'd rather watch paint dry! Can't even honestly give it one star, but they probably won't print this review if I don't. So one it is!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Herbie J. Pilato's loving biography of Elizabeth Montgomery emul

    Herbie J. Pilato's loving biography of Elizabeth Montgomery emulates his love for his subject, especially in his heartfelt 'Afterword.' The extremely popular ABC series 'Bewitched' proved to be both a blessing and curse to Lizzie's career. The hallmark fantasy sitcom which greatly elevated her celebrity in 1964 later marked a curse in 1972 as she wanted to distance herself from the show. Herbie parallels Lizzie's life in great detail from her birth in 1933 through her untimely passing in 1995-all the while interspersing the 'Bewitched' connection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    I was definitely disappointed. This is basically a rehash of ol

    I was definitely disappointed. This is basically a rehash of old Hollywood publicity pablum and filmographies of anyone who ever worked with Ms. Montgomery. It seems like there is a synopsis of every movie and TV show that Ms. Montgomery ever acted in or William Asher ever directed. There is precious little original material and no analysis beyond the superficial. Particularly annoying is the author's incessant use of plot points in Bewitched and other shows to illustrate aspects of her personality, as if those plot points were somehow reflections of her life and not created by a scriptwriter.

    There is definitely no insight into the real Elizabeth Montgomery in this book. We get a good idea of how she saw herself but not much more.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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