Saturday, January 13, 2007

No, Not That Tabitha Stevens, Durwood!

On January 13, 1966, Sam and Darren Stevens welcomed their daughter, Tabitha, into the world on Bewitched.

I know the 41st birthday of a minor TV character, even one from a great show, isn't much of an occasion... but it
is an excuse to run pictures of the wonderful Elizabeth Montgomery, TV's original MILF, and the woman who made me think even Lizzie Borden probably wasn't such a bad person.


norm said...

Especially since she (in the film) stripped naked before she chopped up her folks.
Then one remembers she was really found innocent of the crime.
Did history give her a bad rap...or was she the original O.J. Simpson?

gina said...

I always thought Elizabeth Montgomery was so beautiful. Like Lee Remick.

Michael Markowitz said...

gina, you're so right. Lee Remick was so beautiful, so heartbreaking in Days of Wine & Roses... Still the most moving film on substance abuse. If you have a problem and can watch that movie and not get yourself in a program ASAP, you REALLY have a problem.

Norm, the Lizzie Borden movie was a good reminder that, like so many other notorious figures, she was found not guilty. (The law junkie in me hesitates to say "innocent") I remember from the movie that the fact that the blood on her clothes was menstrual was a shocking and exculpatory revelation. (Talk about your heavy flow day)

I still don't know if she did it or not, but I do know that the twin kings of raw deals have got to be Fatty Arbuckle and Ray Buckey. Even Richard Jewell has to feel sorry for them.

To a lesser extent, it irritates me that Robert Mapplethorpe's name has become synonymous with "smut" and Lou Gehrig, arguably the greatest player in baseball history, is best known for the disease that killed him.

As for the Juice, I always thought that the biggest story of the 20th (now 21st) Century would be if it was discovered that O.J. DIDN'T do it. Can you imagine? If there really was a "real killer"? If we all had to form a single file line and apolopgize to him?

Thank goodness the book does away with the need for all that.

norm said...

If I remember right, Harlan Ellison wrote a story where people went to Heaven or Hell based on public perception of them, not actual guilt or innocence.

Michael Markowitz said...

That's great! I loved Ellison's book, The Glass of the seminal (albeit cynical) books on TV.

As for Hell, I was always certain that the worst afterlife was to be filed away for all eternity in a small room with those who shared the same Social Security number as you.