They Wanted Tammy Grimes for Samantha

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Sam was the witch who stole our hearts in the 1960s and 1970s in the show Bewitched. Sam married Darrin Stephens, an advertising executive in New York. However, she has to hide her secret of being a witch from him and everyone else. Here are some unknown secrets from the set of Bewitched.

Tammy Grimes was the first pick to play Samantha. Her Tony Award for The Unsinkable Molly Brown had caught a lot of people’s attention. However, she turned it down because she didn’t like the concept of the show.

Sam Never Wiggles Her Nose

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Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Sam, never actually wiggled her nose to make magic. It was really a trick of the camera.

Dick York Had to Leave the Show

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Dick York, who played Darrin, had to leave the show due to an old injury. He had pulled a muscle and injured his spine while filming Cordura. His injury never fully healed and he had to stop filming Bewitched because of it. Dick Sargent took over the role of Darrin.

Replacing The Neighbor

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Another character that was swapped out was the neighbor. At first, Alice Pearce played Gladys Kravitz. Later, the role would go to Sandra Gould.

Multiple Roles for Montgomery

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Elizabeth Montgomery played more roles than just the main character. She also played Sam’s cousin, Serena.

The Show was Inspired by Two Movies

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Sol Saks, the creator of Bewitched, got the inspiration for the show from two movies: I Married a Witch and Bell, Book, and Candle.

Richard Crenna Turned Down the Role of Darrin

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Richard Crenna was considered for Sam’s husband after Elizabeth Montgomery was cast. He had just wrapped up Our Miss Brooks and The Real McCoys. However, he wasn’t very excited about playing in another television series and turned down the role.

Dick York was Third Choice

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Dick York, who was eventually cast as Darrin, was the producer’s third choice.

The Beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery

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Elizabeth Montgomery was a beautiful starlet during the 60s and 70s. She was stunningly gorgeous even up to her battle with cancer, which eventually led to her death.

Alison Pearce Had Cancer While Filming

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Just four months before filming Bewitched, Alison Pearce was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but kept it a secret from everyone on set. She died in 1966.

Emmy Nomination

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Alison Pearce won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in Bewitched. She was awarded just two months before she died.

Montgomery Named Sam’s Daughter

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Elizabeth Montgomery came up with the name Tabitha for Samantha’s daughter. “I loved it, because it was so old-fashioned. I got it from one of the daughters of Edward Andrews,” she said.

Supporting Characters Had to Get Their Own Costumes

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The actors who played supporting characters on the show had to bring their own costumes to the set. They would bring in the clothes a week before filming the episode so the wardrobe department could clean and press them.

Montgomery was Pregnant in the First Season

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While filming the first season, Elizabeth Montgomery was pregnant. The crew had to hide her pregnancy with loose clothing. Her next two pregnancies were written into the show so they didn’t have to hide it.

Marion Lorne Collected Door Openers

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Just like her character, Aunt Clara, Marion Lorne also collected doorknobs and openers. Her collection had about 1,000 items.

Moorehead and York were Good Friends

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While Darrin and Endora bickered on the show, York and Moorehead were great friends when it came to real life.

Special Name for the Tate’s Son

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David White, who played Larry Tate, asked for the Tate’s son to be named after his real-life son, Jonathan. White had raised Jonathan as a single father after Jonathan’s mother died during childbirth.

Tragedy for Jonathan

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Jonathan White was aboard Pan Am Flight 103 when a terrorist blew up the plane over Scotland. David White was devastated. He died from a heart attack two years later.

Moorehead Didn’t Like Sargent

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We already mentioned that York and Moorehead were friends. When York was replaced by Dick Sargent, Moorehead wasn’t very happy about it.

Montgomery’s Obituary is Wrong

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Elizabeth Montgomery never shared her age with the public. So, when she died, her obituary stated that she was 57 years old. This was wrong. She was actually 62 years old when she passed away.

Two Girls Played Tabitha

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Twins Diane and Erin Murphy played the role of Tabitha. Erin would play Tabitha for close-up shots and scenes where the character spoke. Diane played Tabitha during long shots. Believe it or not, the twins are actually fraternal.

Erin Murphy’s Future

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After the show ended, Erin Murphy filmed some commercials. She got married at 21 years old and started two businesses. She sells alpaca knitwear and frozen vodka martini ice pops called Slim Chillers.

Assassination of MLK Jr.

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The episode of Bewitched that aired on April 4, 1968 was interrupted with the news that Martin Luter King Jr. had been assassinated.

Smoking on Set

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The cast of Bewitched loved to smoke. Dick York would smoke close to three packs of cigarettes a day! “I remember my parents were always saying, ‘Smoking is bad, smoking is bad,’ and I remember thinking, ‘If smoking is bad, then why is everybody around here doing it?’” Erin Murphy said.

Cursed Cast

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Some people believe that the cast of Bewitched was cursed. Many members died due to cancer related causes. Elizabeth Montgomery, Alice Pearce, Dick York, Dick Sargant, and Paul Lynde, all died from cancer.

Montgomery Grew Tired

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After filming five seasons of the show, Elizabeth Montgomery wanted out. However, the producers offered her more money so she would stay. She filmed for another three seasons after that.

Standing Up for Women’s Rights

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In an effort to stand up for Women’s Rights, Elizabeth Montgomery didn’t wear a bra while filming in the later seasons.

True Love

There was a special connection between Elizabeth Montgomery and Erin Murphy. Murphy said, “I looked to her as a parent, and she would tell me what to do like a parent. In a lot of ways I’m so much like her than I am my own mom, which is hilarious.”

Ending the Show

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Some believe that the show was cancelled, but it was actually picked up for two more seasons. It was Montgomery’s unraveling marriage and divorce that cancelled the show.

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