'60s TV Star Receives Posthumous Walk Of Fame Star
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Elizabeth Montgomery posthumously received the 2,353rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, nearly 13 years after the "Bewitched" star's death.
Montgomery's widower, actor Robert Foxworth, and fellow actress Elizabeth Sheridan, a longtime friend and racetrack companion, were among those attending the rain-soaked ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard. Montgomery's children, Rebecca Asher and Bill Asher, will accept the star on her behalf.
"Elizabeth would have adored the fact that it's raining today," said Sheridan, best known for her portrayal of Jerry Seinfeld's mother Helen on the classic NBC comedy "Seinfeld." "She loved the rain -- I love her, and I miss her."
Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant told the crowd that Montgomery "is probably in the heavens laughing at us as we stand in the rain."
Foxworth said Montgomery was a big fan of the rain and would have appreciated the wet weather.
"It is a great tribute to her that there are so many of you here," he said.
"You will be surprised to know that Elizabeth was very shy," Foxworth said. "Her shyness gave her roles an extra sparkle."
Montgomery received Emmy nominations for five consecutive years from 1966-70 for her portrayal of Samantha Stephens, a good-natured, nose-twitching witch married to a mortal advertising executive.
After "Bewitched" was canceled by ABC in 1972 following eight seasons, Montgomery starred in 21 made-for-television movies and the miniseries "The Awakening Land" from 1972-1995, receiving three more Emmy nominations.
Born April 15, 1933, in Los Angeles, Montgomery was the daughter of movie and television actor Robert Montgomery and stage actress Elizabeth Allen.
Montgomery made her television debut in 1951 on the NBC dramatic anthology her father hosted and produced, "Robert Montgomery Presents." She made 21 additional appearances on the series, and also appeared on such anthology series as "Playhouse 90", "Studio One" and "Kraft Television Theatre."
Her other memorable pre-"Bewitched" television roles included a portrayal of a prostitute on a 1960 episode of "The Untouchables," for which she received her first Emmy nomination, and as a soldier opposite Charles Bronson in the 1961 "Twilight Zone" episode "Two."
Montgomery's movie credits included "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell," "Johnny Cool" and "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?"
Montgomery died May 18, 1995, from colorectal cancer at the age of 62.
Montgomery's star is a block west of her father's. The Montgomerys join Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Danny and Marlo Thomas as father-daughter duos with stars on the Walk of Fame.