Elizabeth Montgomery: The Real Off-Screen Life of TV’s Most Beloved Witch

A Father Complex

According to Herbie Pilato’s biography of Elizabeth Montgomery, who was also the daughter of movie legend Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth suffered from what she called a “father complex,” in which she often fell for older men, seeking out troubled lovers who abused her physically and mentally. “She enchanted every man she ever met,” Herbie Pilato explained in her book.


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“But she seemed drawn to troubled men, not nice guys.” Apparently, Elizabeth was always looking for the ‘bad boy,’ which may have been a complex that resulted from her broken relationship and rebellion against her father. While she had her Bentleys and Beverly Hills mansions, making millions from Bewitched alone, the actress had a dark side to her.

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