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Plot: Samantha and Darrin Stephens get married in the first episode. Darrin finds out that his wife Samantha is no ordinary woman. She is a powerful witch belonging to a family of powerful witches and warlocks. Samantha can do magic with a twitch of her nose. Bewitched was aired for 8 seasons on ABC TV Channel in the United States from Sept. 17, 1964 through March 25, 1972. In 2002, Bewitched was ranked at number 50 on TV Guide's '50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time'. It was created by Sol Saks who died at the age of 100 in 2011.
This show took us to the magical world of witches. The humor, the concept, the story in each episode and those witty dialogues made us all addicted to this sitcom. Indian shows have tried to imitate this concept but failed terribly. Our third world SFX shown on small screen doesn't go beyond some stars glittering on some part of a human body which looks so damn fake.
Let us talk about bewitched and find out what happened to the cast of Bewitched.
Samantha: played by Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth will always be remembered for her role as Samantha in the American Sitcom 'Bewitched'. Elizabeth was diagnosed with colorectal cancer (also known as Colon or Rectal Cancer) in 1995. By the time the cancer was diagnosed, it was at a terminal stage with no hope of recovery. Elizabeth didn't wish to die in a hospital and therefore decided to return to her Beverly Hills home. Early in the morning of May 18, 1995, this beautiful and talented lady passed away. Her husband was by her side. Elizabeth had married 4 times in her life. She was married to Frederick Gallatin Cammann from 1954 through 1955, then to Gig Young from 1956 to 1963, then William Asher from 1963 through 1973 and then to Robert Foxworth from 1993 till her death in 1995. She has 3 children.
Darrin Stephens: Played by Dick York from 1964 through 1969 & by Dick Sargent for the last three seasons from 1969 through 1972.
Dick York was born on Sept 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne, USA. He played the mortal husband 'Darrin Stephens' in Bewitched for the first 5 seasons. The show was huge success and was Dick York nominated for an Emmy Award in 1968. While filming the fifth season of Bewitched, Dick York fell ill and had to leave the show. He was later replaced by Dick Sargent. Dick York died of Emphysema which is a progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath. He died at the age of 63 on February 20, 1992. He was married to Joan Alt and has 5 children.
Dick Sargent died of Prostate cancer on July 8, 1994 at the age of 64. Sargent publicly declared his homosexuality in 1991 and supported gay rights issues. In June 1992, Sargent was a Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade along with his Bewitched co-star Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha).
Agnes Moorehead: She played the role of Samantha's Mother ‘Endora’ and was the most popular character in Bewitched. Agnes was born on December 6, 1900 in Cambridge, USA. She married John Griffith Lee in 1930 but got separated from him in 1952. She later married Robert Gist in 1955 but got divorced in 1958. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role of Aggie MacDonald in Johnny Belinda in 1948. She was nominated again for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1964 for her role as Velma in the movie Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She died of Uterine cancer on April 30, 1974.
Gladys Kravitz (Samantha's spying neighbor who always used to see those unusual things happening in Samantha's house): Played by Alice Pearce from 1964 to 1966 and then by Sandra Gould from 1966 to 1971.
Alice Pearce was born on October 16, 1917 in New York. Alice was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer even before Bewitched began. Her cancer was at the terminal stage, but she had kept her illness a secret. She died from ovarian cancer toward the end of the 2nd year of Bewitched at the age of 48.
Sandra Gould replaced Alice Pearce after her death. Sandra was born on July 23, 1916. She played Gladys Kravitz in Bewitched from the third season. She died on July 20, 1999 just 3 days before her 83rd birthday. She was Jewish. Sandra died of a stroke following heart surgery.
Larry Tate (Boss of Darrin Stephens): Played by David White.
David White was born on April 4, 1916 and died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on November 27, 1990.
Dr. Bombay (Dr of the Witches and the Warlocks): Played by Bernard Fox
Bernard Fox was born on May 11, 1927 in Wales, UK. Fox was in Oscar winning movie Titanic that was released in 1997. He was also seen in the earlier version of Titanic titled 'A Night to Remember' that was released in 1958. Bernard is 89 now and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Uncle Arthur (The wittiest character in Bewitched): Played by Paul Lynde.
Paul Lynde played the role of Uncle Arthur in Bewitched and his character was the funniest of them all. Paul was born on June 13, 1926 in Ohio, USA. Paul was found dead in his home on January 11, 1982. He was 55.