You don’t need to have grown up in the 60s to have heard of Bewitched, the sitcom about a charming witch, Samantha, who marries a mortal, Darrin, and all the antics and hilarity you might predict will ensue.
If you’ve ever watched the sitcom, you might remember Tabitha Stephens, Samantha and Darren’s daughter, who was portrayed by Erin Murphy and her fraternal twin Diane.
When we think of child actors, usually the ones who didn’t quite make it, or for who the pressure to succeed at such a young age made them go a bit off the rails, that’s not always true.
Take for example Erin Murphy who grew up to have a successful career in the entertainment industry.
Having gotten the role of Tabitha at only two years old, she practically grew up on set, and even explains that Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York, her on-screen parents, “really were like parents” to her.
“I always called her ‘Mantha Mommy, because I couldn’t say Samantha, and I called Dick Sargent, Darren Daddy,” the actress, who is now 54, explained. Furthermore, she added:
And I think it’s because we spent 12 hours a day together growing up. I looked to her as a parent, and she would tell me what to do like a parent. In a lot of ways I’m so much [more] like her than I am my own mom, which is hilarious.
She also explained how unlike her twin sister Diane she loved her time on the set, which is why her parents continued getting her acting jobs even after Bewitched ended.
“From the time I was a baby, I love it [sic],” said Erin “I liked the lights and loved being on my set. My sister used to cry when they would bring her on set. Even now she hates it.”
After her time on Bewitched was over in 1972, she quickly got signed by a modeling agency and went on to appear in over 100 commercials. In one of the commercials, she even starred alongside Ronald Reagan, who would grow up to become the 40th president of the United States.
After starring in a low-budget movie, Deadly Fighters, she then retired from acting for a time when she was fifteen, going on to have a normal life and even becoming homecoming queen.
“I think I kind of had the best of both worlds,” she told ABC News.
After getting married at 21 she moved to Arizona where she taught acting, as well as working behind the camera on sets, doing production, makeup, and even stunts.
As for her love life, she wasn’t as lucky there.
Having gotten married and had a child at 21, that marriage didn’t last, leaving her a single mother of two children. Four years after her first marriage, she met Eric Eden, her second husband, and the pair got married in 1993. The couple had a son together, but their love wasn’t meant to be and they were divorced by 1998.
But that same year she met the third husband, Darrin, and the two have been together ever since and have three boys together.
She made a return to the screen by working as a host for E! and Fox Reality Channel, as well as appearing in several early 2000s TV shows like Youthful Daze, I Know My Kid’s a Star, and RuPaul’s Drag U.
She also starred in The Comeback Kids, a TV show about 80s child actors attempting to make a “comeback.” But after that, she didn’t really pursue acting for a while, instead, focusing on writing and her philanthropic work.
But then she and Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie), had an idea for a project, which would end up becoming Life Interrupted a TV movie that was released in 2017.
“We were at a party, and Alison Arngrim called me over to the dessert table,” Erin said, explaining that Alison’s idea was making a show starring a number of former child actors.