By Peter Sheridan. Wriggling her witch's nose, Elizabeth Montgomery was TV's sweetheart. But a new book reveals her far more salacious 'other' life. As the star of the classic TV sitcom Bewitched, actress Elizabeth Montgomery could get anything she desired with just a magical twitch of her nose. Magical: Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery struggled to find happiness a startling new book reveals. But off-screen the blonde beauty struggled to find happiness, running through four tumultuous marriages and bewitching many of Hollywood's leading men, a startling new book reveals.
One of the sexiest and most desirable women in Hollywood, she cast a spell on such stars as Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Gary Cooper. But the daughter of movie legend Robert Montgomery suffered from a "father complex", often falling in love with older men, and sought out troubled lovers who abused her physically and mentally. Enchanting: Elizabeth is best known for her role as the lovable witch Samantha Stephens.
In the early Sixties she became a close friend of President John F Kennedy and Pilato notes: 'He chased almost every beautiful woman he met, though if anything happened Elizabeth never spoke about it. Montgomery was 62 when she died of cancer in She married four times and had three children with her third husband, Bewitched producer Bill Asher. He was an older man, which she loved. A stagehand caught the duo alone in Cooper's dressing room, sparking on-set scandal.
He was a romantic and loved women. And again for Elizabeth there was the attraction of an older man. Among her most tormented lovers was former ballet star Alexander Godunov, who became a successful actor with films that included Witness and Die Hard. Elizabeth had an affair with him while with the man who became her fourth husband. When Montgomery split from Godunov he fell into a downward spiral. Tormented: Elizabeth was married four times and had three children with Bewitched producer Bill Asher. Montgomery became a star as Samantha Stephens, the wholesome, bubbly, nose-twitching housewife witch of Bewitched yet her four marriages were as troubled as her affairs.
She soon took off for California and a career and their marriage went south. Her father was horrified. She tried to save him but their marriage broke down. It may have been a lucky escape. Young shot his second wife to death and then killed himself in a murder-suicide.
But that marriage struggled and he had affairs throughout Bewitched. Blonde ambition: Montgomery, who died age 62, was nominated for eight Emmy awards but never won. Despite the success of Bewitched, which became one of America's top rated TV shows, boredom set in after a few seasons and Montgomery launched into an affair with one of the directors, Richard Michaels, shattering both their marriages in They were together 20 years before they finally got married - soon after she ended her affair with Alexander Godunov - but later she was diagnosed with cancer and died 18 months after they wed.
Montgomery spent her life trying to resolve the conflict with her famous and overbearing father. He was Hollywood royalty and her mother was Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Wholesome image: Montgomery with on-screen husband Dick York - who was later replaced by Dick Sargent.
Montgomery grew up in their Beverly Hills mansion among family friends including Bette Davis. She made her debut on her father's weekly TV show in He was her toughest critic as an actress and was very hard on her personal life too, from the way she walked and her posture to her penchant for older men.
He was horrified. He thought she was trying to replace him with all her older lovers. Her dysfunctional childhood family home haunted her for years. She wanted him to play her father on Bewitched but he refused. I think he resented the fact that his daughter had become a bigger star than he was. Broken: Montgomery spent her life trying to resolve the conflict with her famous father Robert Montgomery. Perhaps that's why she bewitched so many of the men in her life.
She walked away from the Hollywood life. She didn't like the fakeness of Hollywood and its people. That allowed her to pick and choose the roles she really wanted after Bewitched finished. She ended up becoming the queen of the TV movies. Montgomery was nominated for eight Emmy awards but never won. Her death came quickly, only six weeks after colon cancer was diagnosed.
She joked that she wanted pina colada in her IV drip and when the end came in her room Beverly Hills mansion she sent her family away from her deathbed, wishing to die alone. Bewitched was one of the Sixties' biggest hit TV comedies but behind the scenes lay a turbulent drama. Agnes was very fond of Dick York and didn't want to see him go. She reduced his replacement to tears on occasion. The struggle: Elizabeth and Dick York had a turbulent relationship off-camera.
But you can see by the final season that she's plodding through each episode bra-less - as a nod to women's liberation - and didn't want to be there.
After eight seasons she'd had enough. She wanted to get away from Samantha Stephens as far as she could. Montgomery lined a wall of her home with photos from all her movies - but none from Bewitched.
Samantha Stephens' trademark nose-twitch was inspired by a quirk of Montgomery's: 'She used to twitch her nose when she was frustrated,' said her husband, Bewitched producer Bill Asher - though doubtless not accompanied by a xylophone sound effect. Though she wearied of Bewitched Montgomery had the last laugh: she owned 20 per cent of the show and made millions from residuals. UK delivery is free. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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