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

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

by Herbie J Pilato


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Based on author Herbie J Pilato’s exclusive interviews with Elizabeth Montgomery prior to her death in 1995, Twitch Upon a Star includes insider material and commentary from several individuals associated with her remarkable life and career before, during, and after Bewitched, including her classic feature films The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed? (1963), and Johnny Cool (1963). Two of Montgomery’s many popular TV movies, A Case of Rape (which remains one of the highest-rated TV-movies of all time) and The Legend of Lizzie Borden (which will soon be remade as a feature film), were groundbreaking and remain classics. But Twitch Upon a Star also goes behind the scenes to explore Montgomery’s political activism, including her early advocacy for AIDS sufferers and the peace movement; her support for all minorities, including the gay community and the disabled; and her controversial participation as narrator of the1988 feature film documentary Cover-Up and its 1991 'scar-winning sequel, The Panama Deception (both of which chronicled the Iran/Contra scandal of the 1980s). The book also explores Montgomery's tumultuous relationships with her father, screen legend Robert Montgomery (she was a liberal; he was a staunch conservative), and her four husbands (including actor Gig Young, who later died in a murder/suicide). Through it all—and to family and friends such as fellow performers Ronny Cox, Sally Kemp, and Florence Henderson—she was just Lizzie: down-to-earth and unaffected, just like Samantha, the "witch-with-a-twitch" Stephens, her most famous role.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589797499
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2012
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, actor, songwriter, and entertainment executive. The author of several media tie-in books (including Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door, NBC & Me, The Bionic Book, and many more), Pilato has also produced for the A&E, Bravo, TLC, Syfy, and TV Guide channels, as well as Sony, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, and other television networks and film studios. He now has several TV shows, books, and films in development and resides in Burbank, California, where he established Television, Ink. (a production company geared toward family entertainment) and The Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization that seeks to close the gap between popular culture and education).

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I Prewitched

1 Once Upon a Time 15

2 Grim 30

3 Elizabeth Montgomery Presents 40

4 Brush with Fame 57

5 The Equestrains 76

6 Training Days 86

7 The Europeans 93

8 Spirits and Demons 115

9 Two Plus Hundreds 131

Part II Bewitched

10 Lizmet 149

11 Remember the Mane 167

12 Double Double... 174

13 ...Toil and Trouble 194

14 Public Broadcasting 205

Part III Disenchanted

15 To Twitch or not to Twitch 219

16 Temperatures Rising 232

17 Post Serial 248

18 Awakenings 269

Part IV Reconciled

19 Spirits and Angels 287

20 Humanities 306

21 Political Science 320

22 Final Exams 340

23 Graduation 358

Afterword 383

Appendix 389

Sources 401

Bibliography 403

Acknowledgments 411

Suggested Reading 415

Index 417

About the Author 429

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