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Monday, September 22, 2014


“This book is MUCH more than a piece of mere memorabilia-entertainment…although it’s a completely engaging and highly entertaining read!   In her generation, there were few women on TV who could compete with the lasting appeal of Liz Montgomery, and this epic book–filled with insider info and stuffed with great photos–certainly makes the case for her enduring legacy.  Pilato’s book deserves to be on the shelf of both serious students of TV history and casual fans with a thirst for knowing all there is to know about the Bewitched star…A great read and an historical reference.”

R.L McCullough, Where Hollywood Hides
“…a definitive source…rare and factual insight into what makes an actor, a hit show, and much more…Pilato is a virtual professor of popular culture…essential reading.”
— Ed Spielman, creator of the Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV series Kung Fu

“Pilato has served up a gourmet reader's feast with new, never-before-published material as well as culled from his massive buffet of previous books. Exhaustively detailed and annotated with a plethora of film and TV appearances, this book is an ‘essential’ for classic TV fans and the millions who will forever be bewitched by Elizabeth Montgomery.”

— Greg Ehrbar, writer and producer


“Herbie J Pilato has spent a lifetime researching and writing on media, as his backlist readily attests. Now, on the heels of his brilliant Twitch Upon A Star, comes the ultimate resource for Montgomery fans. The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery is a must-have for lovers of classic TV.”

— Matthew Worley, journalist, syndicated broadcaster, host, By the Book radio show

“Herbie J Pilato has created a loving, extensive, and incisive portrait of an actress who deserves the attention…An important addition to any pop culture collection.”

— Lou Aronica, New York Times bestselling author


“Mr. Pilato always does his homework, and this is proof of it. The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery is a wonderfully concise guide and narrative of one of television’s leading ladies. Although Elizabeth is missed, this book does have the magical ability to bring her wonderful energy and charm back to the reader.”

— Eric Scott, actor, The Waltons, and Bewitched guest star

“Herbie J Pilato’s thoroughly researched The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery told me all about the young woman I fawned over back in the day, and, while I was smitten with her as a young man, I came away from Herbie’s effort with even more affection and respect for this green-eyed beauty.”

— Paul Petersen, president and founder of A Minor Consideration; actor, author, and advocate


“Herbie J Pilato truly honors the amazing life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery. With a passionate and comprehensive chronology, Pilato weaves the story of how both her life and career overlapped and demonstrates how her very essence aligned with each character she portrayed…An enlightening history of an enchanted human being that will surely make any of her fans smile.”

— Sandy Pedeflous, creator, Smile TV


“Thank you, Herbie J—for bringing back the magic with yet another wonderful depiction of Elizabeth’s life story; by helping us discover her real character, and by bringing her back into our hearts and homes through this thoughtful, lovely book.”

— Névine Salvadé, author


“Herbie J Pilato's The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery completes the journey of transforming a Hollywood icon into a close personal friend. . . . [This book is] skillfully and personally crafted; a joy to read…A perfect companion for fans of Ms. Montgomery or Hollywood. Cheers to another great read by Mr. Pilato.”

— David E. Garamella, The Giving Collaborative


“Herbie J Pilato has managed to create the definitive career biography of the legendary Elizabeth Montgomery. I am impressed with the depth of research that went into this amazing reference work, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Pilato was able to unearth her smaller roles in some of television’s early masterpieces.”

— Karen L. Herman, vice president and director, Archive of American Television (

“Absolutely gorgeous and well written.”

— Dan Weaver, writer/director/producer (Entertainment Tonight)

"A beautiful book . . . artfully done . . . with treasures inside."

— Dorothy Clark, producer/creator, Caribbean Radio NDE show

"We heartily recommend this volume, especially if you’re a classic TV aficionado."


"‘Essential’ is the word of the day with this book, and Pilato continues to bring his trademark warmth of the actress along with his boundless knowledge of her work. The perfect Halloween book for those wanting a crash course in all things Montgomery. . . ."

— Journeys in Classic Film