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Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery Hardcover – 5 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (5 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589797493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589797499
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elizabeth Montgomery's life is beautifully portrayed by author Herbie Pilato in [this] loving new biography. FrontiersLA [A] comprehensive and touching biography of Montgomery's life... Fans of classic television or of well-written biographies should seek this out ... an insightful read about an amazing woman! Journeys in Classic Film ... [T]ells you all about Bewitched, the magical 1960s-and-'70s sitcom, and other triumphs enjoyed by the talented and beautiful Montgomery. Village Voice Twitch Upon a Star is an engrossing look at a strong-willed actress whose career spanned five decades. It will satisfy Elizabeth Montgomery's fans, as well as Bewitched buffs interested in learning more about that series' leading lady-and even how the famous twitch was 'invented.' Classic Film and TV Cafe [A] blockbuster new book. The National Enquirer Life's journey is never simple. Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery is a biography from Herbie J. Pilato [in which] he tells the Bewitched star's story ... forming friendships, romances, enemies, and everything in between. An advocate with her own problems, [Montgomery's] story is one of [an individual] who tried to make a difference with her stardom. Twitch Upon a Star is a strongly recommended addition to Hollywood and television history biography collections; highly recommended. Midwest Book Review ... [A] love letter ... No matter how big your twitch itch, this book will scratch it. Ventura County Star ... [I]t's like meeting [Elizabeth Montgomery] all over again for the very first time... If you've ever enjoyed an episode of Bewitched, come meet her for yourself. BookSteve's Library Blog This biography covers it all... Fans will love the three sections of photos and Pilato's respectful, yet truthful, portrait of the woman who will forever be remembered for as the beautiful witch Samantha Stephens. SheKnows Book Lounge Twitch Upon a Star is based on Pilato's exclusive interviews prior to Montgomery's 1995 death... The book follows her career before, during, and after Bewitched, and goes behind the scenes chronicling her political activism [and] reveals behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the show and Montgomery's life. Long Beach Press-Telegram Pilato expertly captures the life of [this] wonderful actress. Daytona News-Journal [Pilato is] the master of all things Bewitched... [Twitch Upon a Star is an] amazing new book. NewNowNext on Logo Online Fans of Elizabeth Montgomery and Bewitched will love this book. Living in the Kitchen with Puppies For anyone who only recalls Elizabeth Montgomery from her most memorable role, on the 1960s sitcom Bewitched, this thoroughly researched, extensively detailed, and wholly fascinating biography will load you up with everything you've been missing. It's a delicious, detailed look at her life and remarkable career before, during and after that magical, life-changing show; her crusading and often controversial activism for the causes close to her heart; her often turbulent relationship with her father, actor Robert Montgomery; her rocky marital history; and the many other facets of the woman who played Samantha Stephens, TV's 'witch with the twitch' at the end of her nose. American Profile Herbie J Pilato, a long-time fan and later friend of the actress uses his extensive interviews with the actress, plus meticulous research to get to the bottom of what the real Elizabeth Montgomery was like. Soap World Magazine Herbie J Pilato reveals the real Elizabeth Montgomery in Twitch Upon a Star. Her loves, her demons and even her politics are explored in this new biography of one of television's favorite stars. The research that went into this book is amazing... We get the essence and life of Elizabeth Montgomery by embarking on a journey 'into the loves, politics, and performances of this multi-talented actor-a very magical journey, yet based in the real emotion of love.' Reviews by Amos Lassen Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery is based on the author's exclusive interviews with Montgomery before her death in 1995, and includes new, never-before-published material and commentary from many associated with her life and career before, during and after Bewitched. Any with an interest in the show or Montgomery will find this a definitive exploration that ranges from insights on her career to revelations about her personal life and relationships. The result is a lively read indeed, recommended for film and biography holdings in general and especially for any reader with prior affection for Bewitched. Midwest Book Review Twitch Upon a Star is as perfect a book could be... [It] shines bright at a rating of 5 Stars (out of five). I read it twice. Afterwards I watched re-runs of Bewitched-knowing what I learned from Twitch Upon a Star-and what stirred me most were the questions that came to mind which I feel Twitch Upon a Star answered. Twitch Upon a Star is as no other book... For me, a person who thinks he's read the best of the best books, [this] put a twinkle in my eyes [from] Herbie J Pilato's mastery of the craft of writing. -- Salvador SeBasco, book critic; host of The Inside View Show Heavily researched, expertly executed, and handled with reverence, Twitch Upon A Star is a magical revelation about one of the most popular and endearing performers of all time. It's clear that Herbie J Pilato not only knows what he's talking about, but that he also cares very deeply about his subject, from a personal, yet objective perspective... No two ways about it, this book is a class act about a classic actress. -- Danny Gold, film and television producer I encourage everyone to read Pilato's astounding, loving, riveting, eye-opening book. -- Lydia Cornell, star of classic TV's Too Close for Comfort, comedienne, and women and children's advocate The way Herbie J Pilato tells it, Elizabeth Montgomery just didn't have guts, she had balls. She was kind to those she felt deserved it but had no qualms about setting others straight. Who'd'a thunk that sweet little Samantha had such chutzpah? -- Larry Brody, veteran TV writer and producer (Baretta, Diagnosis: Murder, The Fall Guy, and more) Not only has Bewitched's Samantha Stephens influenced hundreds of female TV characters and the actresses who portrayed them, but Elizabeth Montgomery's lasting influence on Hollywood and society has been far greater than the TV series that made her a legend. Herbie J Pilato, one of the great students of classic TV, spins a compelling narrative that brings to life a magical TV series and its even more magical star. It's a true Hollywood story, and more than any book I've read Twitch Upon a Star goes behind-the-scenes to capture a fascinating period in history when television was coming of age. -- Jack Myers, media ecologist, author, and producer Intricately revealing, well written, and hard to put down, Herbie J Pilato's Twitch Upon a Star captures the essence and life of Elizabeth Montgomery. He leads readers on an intriguing journey into the loves, politics, and performances of this multi-talented actor-a very magical journey, yet based in the real emotion of love. I heartily recommend this well-rounded read for fans, friends and all who value the life of a gifted, complex and bewitching woman. -- Kathy Garver, film, TV, and stage star (Cissy on the classic Family Affair TV series); author, The Family Affair Cookbook and Surviving Cissy; and speaker Much more than just a celebrity biography Twitch Upon a Star relays a spiritual quest that can speak to anyone. Retelling the story and work of a life can activate an awareness of the beauty and purpose in our own unfoldment. Pilato accomplishes this masterfully and magically, uncovering such depth and absorbing reflection with authenticity and vigorous charm to reveal Elizabeth Montgomery's journey as a true cultural treasure. This book is magnificent! -- Thomas Warfield, performing artist and founder of PeaceArt International Twitch Upon a Star is ASTOUNDING. Herbie J Pilato does a wonderful job of mixing hard info with his personal relationship with Elizabeth Montgomery. His approach makes the book very unique. This is one of the best biographies I've read in years. It is a real classic ... a brilliant work! -- Rick Lertzman, media historian and author of Codename: Dr. Feelgood Wonderful book and terrific author ... -- Shannon Devereaux Sanford, Shannon's Corner, WTBQ radio

About the Author

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, actor, songwriter, and entertainment executive. The author of several media tie-in books (including Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door, NBC & Me, The Bionic Book, and many more), Pilato has also produced for the A&E, Bravo, TLC, Syfy, and TV Guide channels, as well as Sony, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, and other television networks and film studios. He now has several TV shows, books, and films in development and resides in Burbank, California, where he established Television, Ink. (a production company geared toward family entertainment) and The Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization that seeks to close the gap between popular culture and education).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 4 April 2013
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I was so looking forward to this book! Elizabeth Montgomery is my all time favourite actress, and I watch the DVDs of Bewitched very often. I was hoping for real, indepth analysis of Eliazbeth, but it seems that there is little substance, and an awful lot of information that could be easily learned from Wikipedia. It seems that those that truly knew her are keeping her secrets, and this to me says that she chose her friends wisely. There seems to be quite a bit of pseudo analysis from random interviews trying to piece together her personality from tidbits of conversation that were in many cases years apart. The book doesn't hang together, and perhaps that's just the way Lizzie would've wanted it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 31 Jan 2014
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this book is a reader's nightmare.It is strictly fan adoration taken to an extreme degree with no objectivity and a singular lack of facts.It is woven around interviews conducted by the author with Montgomery.Much of the book is comprised of articles,often irrelevant,cut from various periodicals.many of the interviews are pointless.Take for example the interview with Ed Asner starting on page 324.This goes on for about 4 pages,and you are expecting to learn about some time he spent with Montgomery.However at the end of the interview all he says is he regrets not having been able to exchange some warmth with her.The author infuriatingly goes backward and forward in time within many chapters.the narrative for the photos is verbose and there are a number of errors in the book,minor,but indicative of too little care in the editing.For example he refers to the 1965 Ten Commandments instead of 1956.In a film made by Robert Montgomery in the UK in 1950,he refers to an actress "Ann Sheldon",when none is listed in the cast.He says that Robert Montgomery made Earl Of Chicago in the UK when in fact that film was made in the US,apart from locations,but he did make Busmans Honeymoon in the UK.In future I will be far more careful in my choice of books as I don't want to buy what amountws to as now more than an inflated love letter by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 10 July 2014
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Very disappointing. Confused narrative jumping back and forth and comparing everything in her life in a very contrived way to her most famous role as Samantha. Was looking forward to reading a biography on Elizabeth but this was a big let down. Avoid!
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I bought this book after watching the whole of Bewitched on DVD last April. I wanted to know more about the fabulous Elizabeth Montgomery.I read this book and only stuck at it so I could learn the facts about her life and career. As a book I wanted to throw it out of the window after about page 30! It's the worst biography I've ever read, for many reasons. Elizabeth deserves alot better and I do hope that her children strongly consider writing a book about her life one day.
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