Erin Murphy, a former child prodigy, won over Americans by playing young Tabitha Stephens in the hit TV series “Bewitched.” She has nothing but good things to say about growing up in front of the camera and has discovered a higher calling.
Erin Murphy and her fraternal twin sister Diane Murphy were both born in June 1964. Erin Murphy was once a child actor. Erin took a position as Tabitha Stephens in the comedy “Bewitched” cast.
Before the series’ 1972 finale, she made an appearance in 103 episodes. In the first season, Erin appeared in 18 episodes alongside her sister, Diane.
But as their looks began to diverge, only Erin stayed on the show. Due to child labor laws that limited the amount of time a youngster could spend on set, producers were auditioning twins for the role, which is how the sisters wound up on the show.
Erin was the only one who expressed a liking for lighting after the siblings won the part. She was in all of the close-ups and large scenes, while Diane was in the long shots and cutaways. Erin acknowledged having a lifelong affinity with lights: “The lighting was nice, and I enjoyed being on set. When they brought my sister onto the scene, she would start to cry. She still despises it today.”
Erin noted the incident and revealed to Closer Weekly in February 2020 that she left Hollywood before being forced out of the entertainment industry. She was able to adapt with ease since, as a child star, she had always been self-assured and confident.
“After “Bewitched,” I received job offers, but I declined them. Instead of acting on “The Waltons,” I attended a Girl Scout camp. I therefore left the company.”
She and her family relocated to Orange County, but she continued to go back and forth to Los Angeles, where she could find assured employment. Erin did, however, say that she stopped going to tense auditions when she would be seated next to a hundred other children who appeared to be rejected like she did.
“I truly know folks like Carol Burnett and have had a ton of wonderful experiences. Only because I was a young actress have I recently experienced incredible life experiences. There are far more advantages for me than disadvantages.”
Erin still has pleasant memories of the cast members she worked with on “Bewitched,” despite the fact that she has been out of the spotlight for some time. She spoke candidly about her upbringing on television in an interview with FOX411 in April 2016.
Her interactions with her co-stars rank among her favorite recollections. Erin claimed that after spending a lot of time together, the cast treated her like family and treated her well.
When asked which episodes she enjoyed the most, she cited those in which Tabitha had to go to school or read a storybook because she had a playmate.
The blonde beauty married Terry Rogers in 1984 at the age of 21, while also taking care of her first child. She taught acting and the pair made their home on a ranch in Arizona.
Additionally, Erin started receiving calls whenever local film gigs were available and started taking on production and makeup work. She even once served as a stunt and picture double for Melissa Leo, an Academy Award winner, and actress Virginia Madsen.
Erin married Darren Dunckel for the third time in May 1998, and they are still together today. She actively returned to showbiz when she moved to Los Angeles, working nonstop at every position in the entertainment sector.
Erin acted as a celebrity judge, hosted reality shows, promoted goods, and even featured in infomercials. She professed her love for the entertainment industry and stated that she liked being productive.
The star of “The Comeback Kids” even bought her dream home on the beach and her dream automobile, a Tesla. Erin noted that having some time off would still be a priority for her to enjoy her life even though she expressed an interest in working full-time.
She not only fulfilled her aspirations, but she now runs two prosperous enterprises. The TV personality owns two businesses: Erin Murphy Knits, where she sells knitwear made of alpaca that she produced herself, and Slim Chillers, which sells frozen vodka martini ice pops in almost every state.
Erin said when asked why she had such a large family, “I only have one sister and I always grew up thinking “The Brady Bunch” was an incredible program so I always wanted to have a big family.”
She continued, “But in my ideal world, I always wanted one boy and one girl. If I’d had a girl in there, I might have stopped at three or sooner, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”
The pleased mother disclosed that she has a child with autism who requires additional care and occupies a lot of her time. Erin continued, “But I will always love acting, and I might get an agent again.
She denied any of her offspring had expressed an interest in following in her footsteps when asked. Erin noted that every parent should support their children in whatever path they chose, but added that if one of them were interested, she would gladly encourage, help, and lead them in their quest.
She talks at events, volunteers, and goes to board meetings. Erin thinks it’s crucial to help other parents who have queries regarding the disease because autism has turned into one of those conditions that is now widespread.
She takes pride in having raised children who share her attitude and have a positive outlook on life, choosing whether to laugh or cry, and feels it is her duty as a parent to model that way of living for them.