Kasey Rogers

Kasey Rogers

After battling throat cancer for many years, Kasey went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke, dying from complications of the stroke.

Due to her popular work on "Peyton Place" (1964) as Barbara Parkins's long-suffering mother, she was cast as Louise Tate without an audition. Following the demise of the hit sitcom in 1972, she made a few appearances here and there but for the most part retired.

Early in her career, she was part of Paramount "Golden Circle," a group of starlets.

Established the PowderPuffs Unlimited Riders and Racers association and spearheaded its first race. A year later she persuaded the promoter of the superbowl of Motocross, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, to allow women to compete. She stopped racing altogether in 1977.

Had red hair. Originally wore a black bouffant wig on the "Bewitched" (1964) series in order to resemble the "first" Louise Tate, actress Irene Vernon. Once Kasey was firmly established in the role, she eventually stopped wearing the wig.

Has successfully written several crafts and interior design books based on the "Bewitched" (1964) television series and holiday occasions.

Her birth year is often listed as 1926.

Her last 15 years were spent with partner Mark Daniel (aka "Mark Wood").

Her son Mike took up motorcycle riding in the early 1970s and Kasey followed suit. She began to race competitively and wrote a column on women's racing for Modern Cycle magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and feature stories on racing events.

In 1966 she replaced actress Irene Vernon as Louise Tate, the wife of Darrin's boss Larry Tate on "Bewitched" (1964). It seems Ms. Vernon was a close associate and friend of one of the show's writers, Danny Arnold who was fired. Irene was subsequently asked to leave by the producers. When Irene left, it was on the pretense that her husband was ill.

Interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Pioneering women's motocross promoter.

Played a brief but memorable role as Farley Granger's caustic estranged wife who is strangled by Robert Walker in Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train (1951).

Played leads in high school plays.

She was remembered by many for her role as the second "Louise Tate" on "Bewitched" (1964).

Spotted by a talent agent and signed with Paramount in 1949.

Studied piano, accordion, acting, and elocution from the time she was 7 or 8 years old.

Twice divorced, she had four children: James Donnellan, Mona Lewis, Monika Winslow and Michael Lewis. She was also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Was seen by a talent scout, auditioned at Paramount, made a screen test and was cast in a leading role (Special Agent (1949)) in a movie the next week,.

Wrote "The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen" (1996) with her close companion and writing partner Mark Wood.