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Post# 911199   12/15/2016 at 03:49 (554 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Bernard Fox passes at 89. Rest in Peace sir.

Post# 911203 , Reply# 1   12/15/2016 at 06:27 (554 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
How very sad.

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Well that is that, all of the main adult cast members from Bewitched are gone.

Ironic as was just watching some old movie on "Movies!" a week or so ago and saw a young (and rather good looking)Dick Sargent, and thought about getting the DVD set of Bewitched.

RIP Mr. Fox, and thank you for the wonderful memories.

Post# 911209 , Reply# 2   12/15/2016 at 08:08 (554 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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He was also Malcom Merriweather on ANDY GRIFFITH--that's where I remember him from...



-- Dave

Post# 911210 , Reply# 3   12/15/2016 at 08:14 (554 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I caught the beginning of the 1963 film Who's Minding the Store? over the weekend and saw Agnes Moorehead smoking a cigarette. I was sort of surprised that such a strict Christian smoked. She sure did it theatrically. Did they have fake cigarettes for non-smokers?

I liked Dr. Bombay and his various instruments. He was a Doctor of High Camp.

In the second half of the link are the names of the stars and when and how they died.

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Post# 911212 , Reply# 4   12/15/2016 at 08:18 (554 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
From book Twitch Upon a Star

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It was my understanding that Agnes, Lizzy, and Dick York were all chain smokers. 

Post# 911213 , Reply# 5   12/15/2016 at 08:18 (554 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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We are losing so many lately.

Time marches on sadly in some cases. The real kicker is there is hardly any talent today that can replace these wonderful people.

Post# 911217 , Reply# 6   12/15/2016 at 08:54 (554 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
The Kicker is...

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there's never been that many outstanding actors. Thanks to film and TV, we have permanent records of quite a few. If you think about it, though - for every Bernard Fox, there's at least 12 dozen "B" listers.

It is a shame - I enjoyed Bewitched tremendously. Got the whole set for Christmas last year, we watched it twice.

Post# 911224 , Reply# 7   12/15/2016 at 10:26 (554 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Some say acting is easy,

there are places we can all act, and be anyone we want to be ananomously too.
Other say it isn't easy. Taking direction from a director can be the difficult part.
I was watching Dial M for Murder last night. Hitchcock was a genius at directing, and many actors said he was difficult.
Grace Kelly was a great actress, and Tippy Hendron.
The film Doris Day made in London where here husband was the diplomat was extremely stressfull for her, and she never did another murder mystery film.
It's a tough business. Early to rise, early to bed. People thinks it's all glamour and parties until the see the work it takes and the vast amounts of money it costs to bring a production to stage or screen.
Yet another aspect, when we spend our money for a movie ticket, which amounts to about $10, look at how many times that is multiplied to total billions per year.
Just think about what could be done with an extra $5 or $10 from all of us who can spare it could do for other entities, providing it isn't squandered or stolen. I mean just look at how the Los Angeles area thrives on entertainment production.
Stage production in NY is also very lucrative.

Post# 911232 , Reply# 8   12/15/2016 at 11:06 (554 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
I did a few interviews for our organization in studio

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Back in the '80s. Not acting, just being interviewed. O! My paws and whiskers! Even for a 5 minute interview, the effort that went into making me look presentable on TV. Wow. I never had any aspirations to act, had I once had, those interviews and the preparation for them would have killed them right fast.

I have nothing but admiration for good actors. It's a tough profession. 

What was it Paul Newman said in an interview for his fiftieth birthday (and damn, he looked hot in tight, wet swim shorts and nothing else at 50)? Something along the lines of, I got into Hollywood at the same time as several other really good looking, athletic guys. I figured out early the only way I could make it was to really be a good actor. We all know how that worked out - thank goodness I had my looks.


Which is typical of the man - he was always underated because he was so pretty. Watch Cat On a Hot Tin Roof sometime. Taylor usually just played her male leads up against the wall and then smashed them into the rug with her heels. He was every bit her equal.

Post# 911238 , Reply# 9   12/15/2016 at 11:33 (554 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
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I always thought it was interesting how many of Bewitched's mainstay guest stars, like Bernard Fox and Paul Lynde, began their relationship with the show in respective one-shot guest roles before they were signed up to be "regular" guest stars. Both had hilarious and (must have been) very successful outings (pun intended) as comic mortal characters during the shows spectacular first season.

Post# 911245 , Reply# 10   12/15/2016 at 11:58 (554 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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Benefited enormously from the (for that time unusual) degree of control which the main cast and director had over the series.

It didn't hurt that Dick York had an outstanding reputation for putting guests and those playing minor roles at their ease and making sure they got the best studio treatment possible.


The result was a cast and crew which were willing to put on a damn good show.



Post# 911332 , Reply# 11   12/16/2016 at 06:17 (553 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Interesting Bewitched Trivia

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Elizabeth Montgomery like her father (Robert Montgomery), and brother (Robert Montgomery, Jr. died of cancer.

EM - colon cancer
RM,j-lung cancer
RM,s - cancer (not specified)

Like her father Elizabeth Montgomery was cremated and the ashes given to family.

In death EM gave a parting gift to New York and everyone else; her summer home in Putnam County was deeded to NYS and became part of Wonder Lake State Park.

Some like to think that there was/is some sort of dark curse around Bewitched because so many actors died while the show was in production or soon after it ended.

Alice Pearce, March 3, 1966

Marion Lorne, May 9, 1968

Agnes Moorehead, April 30th, 1974

Roy Roberts, May 1975

George Tobias,February 1980,

Maurice Evans, March 1989

and so forth.

Truth is many of the main cast actors on Bewitched (aside from Sam and both Darrins) were already middle-aged to getting on when the show was running. So by the 1970's and 1980's they were in their 70's or 80's.

Agnes Moorehead could be considered a special case IMHO. She died of uterine cancer brought on by exposure to radiation while filming "The Conqueror" which was released in 1956. The film was shot in Utah downwind from Yucca Flats. While there hadn't been any explosions during filming, eleven radioactive tests did occur the year prior. Ninety of the actors/those involved with the filming of said film came down with cancer including Dick Powell, 46 of them died from the disease.

Paul Lynde,January 1982, died of a heart attack at age 55. Less said about the circumstances of Mr. Lynde's death better, but you wonder had he received prompt and proper medical attention would he have lived.

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