As soon as the twins started in the role, it was pretty obvious that Erin was going to be the star and play the role of Tabitha the most. Erin was always used for the close-up scene and also for any speaking lines. Her sister, Diane, was usually only used in the longer shots.
After “Bewitched,” Erin really made an impact in the world, using her Hollywood status to become an advocate for people with Autism. She has a son, Parker, who has autism and she really believes in this cause. She also wore many hats in Hollywood, becoming a casting director, makeup artist, teacher and more.
Not Just a Wholesome Housewife
Despite her being a witch, the role of Samantha was seen as a wholesome housewife on “Bewitched.” This was very different from the real-life Elizabeth Montgomery. It was said that while she seemed wholesome on the show, she definitely had a dark side in real life. A tell-all book was published about Elizabeth, entitled Twitch Upon a Star, and it revealed tons of juicy details and secrets about her life.
It was revealed in the book that Elizabeth always seemed to attract abusive relationships and troubled men. She was never attracted to the so-called nice guys. It was assumed that her attraction to bad guys was in response to a rebellion towards her own father.
The Truth Behind Their Costumes
Here is a juicy secret that was spilled by actress Kasey Rogers. Kasey played the role of Louise Tate on “Bewitched.” She shared that the supporting actors on the show all had to provide their own clothing. The supporting cast would bring in their selections a week prior to filming the episode, and then the crew working in wardrobe would clean and iron the clothing to be used on filming day.
Of course, the main actors did not have to bring in their own wardrobe, but it was definitely a way to save money by having the supporting cast bring in their own options for wardrobe.
Olsen twins, move over! Erin and Diane Murphy were the original twin stars! The fraternal twins were cast to split the role of Tabitha, Samantha and Darrin’s daughter. Just like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen shared the role of Michelle in “Full House” these two also shared the role. It was pretty typical for twins to play one role as it was a taxing filming schedule and good to have two kids on hands to play the one role.
After “Bewitched,” Erin went on to be a makeup artist, stunt double and even a casting director. She also became a teacher and speaker. She was known for her work advocating people with autism.
A Special Brooch
Like we had mentioned earlier, the supporting cast of the show “Bewitched” had to provide their own wardrobe and accessories. Actress Agnes Moorehead who played the role of Samantha’s mother, Endora, would usually be seen wearing a brooch in the shape of a starburst. This brooch was complete with 8.5 carats of diamonds! This was her own personal accessory, which she constantly wore on the show.
Elizabeth Montgomery always mentioned how much she loved the beautiful diamond pin. When Agnes died in 1974, she left the beautiful pin to her TV daughter, Elizabeth Montgomery. How sweet!