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Like most people, I secretly hope that it's true - that there are witches like Samantha

Before Harry Potter’s Hermione, Elizabeth Montgomery was the world’s most famous witch – starring as Samantha in long-running Sixties sitcom Bewitched.

Able to cast spells with a twitch of her nose, Samantha did her best to hide her supernatural skills from Darrin, the ordinary man she’d married in suburbia, although sometimes, she found a little magic came in handy.

“The minute someone says, 'Oh God, you could never do that; you can't get that kind of stuff on the air' that's the kind of stuff I want to do” said Elizabeth, who was born into an acting family. Her father, Robert, was a big film star of the 1930s and 1940s, and she started her own career acting with him on the TV in the 1950s.

Elizabeth married four times and enjoyed a number of notable roles in TV movies and mini-series in the Seventies and Eighties, including the Golden Globe nominated Legend of Lizzie Borden, based on the trial of the infamous 19th century axe murderer.

Ten years after Elizabeth’s death from cancer, a statue of her as Samantha perched on a broomstick was unveiled in Salem, Massachusetts, the tourist town made famous by the notorious witch trials of the 1690s. Visitors rub the statue’s nose for luck.