Endora Didn't Like The New Darrin

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Twitch Upon A Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery is a new book by Herbie J. Pilato which tells you all about Bewitched, the magical 1960s-and-'70s sitcom, and other triumphs enjoyed by the talented and beautiful Montgomery.

And it turns out Endora (the astounding Agnes Moorehead) was not thrilled when Dick York had to be replaced as Darrin (because of back problems) by Dick Sargent in 1969.

In fact, she almost cast a spell on the new Darrin and turned him into a little gay rat shrouded in smoke.

"Sargent's new term on the show began on a foot of edgy hostility," explains Pilato.

"Set in her ways, Moorehead was not at all pleased with his presence.

"She was fond of York and his talent, and respected his New Age-like spirituality.

"Even though such beliefs countered her conservative Christian viewpoint, Moorehead felt his presence was key to the show's success."

And she was downright rude about it.

At the first table read with Sargent, Moorhead rose from her seat and declared to those around her, "I am not fond of change!"

(But if it was spare change, I bet she would have taken it in a heartbeat.)

She also once instructed Sargent to kiss her hand as if greeting royalty.

Montgomery--who liked Moorehead despite her flareups--was particularly offended.

Perhaps Moorehead didn't realize that Sargent was actually the original choice for the part, but had chosen to do another series at the time.

In any case, Sargent dealt with the dissing with dignity and only praised York.

I always felt the two of them should have gotten together for a remake of Sergeant York.

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Montgomery and Sargent were bewitching together, despite Moorehead's gripes.

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You didn't mess with THIS lady.

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9 comments
nammer
nammer

Endora/Moorehead made that show...if I ever have a daughter, I'm naming her Endora

RogerAiles
RogerAiles

Dick Sargent's given name was Richard Cox.

 

Sounds like Moorehead didn't like Cox.

 

Wisebear
Wisebear

Funny how Moorheads "conservative Christian viewpoints" didn't stop her from munching pussy. She was talented, but what a hypocrite.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

Bewitched was my favorite show in childhood. Loved Dick York in the role, but since he couldn't continue, I think Dick Sargent did a great job. It wasn't like they were doing Shakespeare.

mae.swazey
mae.swazey

Don't criticize the great Agnes for this!  Did ANYONE like the new Darrin?  I sure as hell didn't.  With those ever-pursing lips, that whiny voice, and that incessant twitching, he was horrible.

jackson30
jackson30

Dick Sargent was (later) out and proud, so bravo to him!

blissbaby
blissbaby

That old Aggie! You don't want to mess with HER.

ilovetheoldies7
ilovetheoldies7

 @mae.swazey

 I agree wholeheartedly, I don't like how this was written to make her seem mean, because he was really terrible!

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