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Aunt Clara
Aunt Clara
Biographical Information
Name Clara
Occupation • Doorknob Collector
• Member of the witches committee that tested Tabitha's powers (1966)
Species Witch
Relationship Information
Relatives Samantha Stephens (niece)
Darrin Stephens (nephew-in-law)
Tabitha Stephens (great-niece)
Adam Stephens (great-nephew)
Significant Other Ocky (boyfriend)
Hedley Partridge (boyfriend)[1]
Kenzu Mishimoto (boyfriend)[2]
Unknown Relationship Maurice
Character Information
Portrayer Marion Lorne
First Episode The Witches Are Out
Last Episode Samantha's Secret Saucer
Episode Count 28
Image Gallery

Aunt Clara is Samantha's favorite aunt. She also has the distinction of being one of the few of Samantha's relatives that Darrin likes.


Because of old age, her powers do not work the way they used to, and as a result, she is constantly causing problems when she uses them. After each blunder, she tends to forget the spell and Samantha and Darrin have to work long and hard at getting the problem resolved so that no one - especially their nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz - discovered that magic was at work.

Aunt Clara often arrives (albeit unintentionally) coming down the chimney. She also had an unusual hobby of collecting doorknobs.



Like her character, Marion Lorne collected doorknobs.

Family Tree Issue[]

Although Aunt Clara was Samantha's favorite aunt, we never find out exactly how the two are related. Most likely she is related to Endora since in Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds, Dr. Bombay states that only a relative could acquire Endora's powers, but no exact relation (sisters or cousins) is revealed. Similarly, it also is not known how Aunt Hagatha and Aunt Enchantra are related to Samantha or Endora, although some fans insist that they were Endora's sisters as the three prosecuted Clara in The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara. In Endora Moves in for a Spell, Endora says she was an only child until Arthur was born, which would imply Clara is not her sister, since she is older than Endora. Maurice's siblings are never mentioned leaving a possiblity Clara and other aunts of Samantha could be his siblings. There is also however a possiblity that the "Aunt" or "Cousin" title could be used in relation of a family friend, such as Cousin Edgar, who is an elf.

Clara and Esmeralda[]

When Marion Lorne passed away before the fifth season, the producers felt that her character could not be replaced by another actress, which had been done before in the cases of Gladys Kravitz, Louise Tate, and Frank Stephens. Instead, in season six, they created the character Esmeralda, played by Alice Ghostley, who could also be a befuddled witch with wobbly magic whose spells often went astray, although unlike Clara, not because of aging. Coincidentally, Lorne and Ghostley played alongside each other in the 1967 film The Graduate as partygoers.


Episode Airdate
The Witches Are Out October 29, 1964
Samantha Meets the Folks December 17, 1964
There's No Witch Like an Old Witch April 1, 1965
Alias Darrin Stephens September 18, 1965
We're in for a Bad Spell September 30, 1965
Take Two Aspirins and Half a Pint of Porpoise Milk October 21, 1965
The Very Informal Dress November 4, 1965
Aunt Clara's Old Flame November 25, 1965
Samantha Meets the Folks (repeat) January 27, 1966
The Moment of Truth September 22, 1966
Witches and Warlocks Are My Favorite Things September 29, 1966
Accidental Twins October 6, 1966
The Short, Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara November 10, 1966
My Friend Ben December 8, 1966
Samantha for the Defense December 15, 1966
A Gazebo Never Forgets December 22, 1966
The Corn Is as High as a Guernsey's Eye January 26, 1967
The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara February 2, 1967
Aunt Clara's Victoria Victory March 6, 1967
Bewitched, Bothered and Infuriated April 13, 1967
Out of Sync, Out of Mind November 2, 1967
That Was No Chick, That Was My Wife November 9, 1967
Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds November 16, 1967
Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember November 23, 1967
Samantha's Da Vinci Dilemma December 28, 1967
McTavish February 15, 1968
A Majority of Two April 11, 1968
Samantha's Secret Saucer April 18, 1968


  1. Aunt Clara's Old Flame
  2. A Majority of Two