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Esmeralda
Biographical Information
Name Esmeralda
Age At least 800 years
Occupation Nanny
Housekeeper
Species Witch
Relationship Information
Significant Other Ferdy (boyfriend)
Former Bonano Pisano (ex boyfriend)
Character Information
Portrayer Alice Ghostley
First Episode Samantha's Yoo-Hoo Maid
Last Episode George Washington Zapped Here (Part 2)
Episode Count 15
Image Gallery

Esmeralda is a witch who becomes the Stephenses' housekeeper in 1969. Endora suggests to Samantha that she should have a witch as a housekeeper to make things easier during her second pregnancy.

Esmeralda's powers are faulty due to nervousness and anxiety so she often accidentally causes trouble with her magic. For example, when she sneezes she usually manifests something unexpectedly. When she gets anxious she also fades and becomes invisible. This is usually because Darrin makes her nervous.

Esmeralda often takes care of Tabitha and Adam, especially when Samantha and Darrin go to Salem in 1970 and Europe in 1971. Darrin's mother, Phyllis, thinks she is a wonderful maid.

Episodes

Episode Airdate
Samantha's Yoo-Hoo Maid September 25, 1969
Samantha's Caesar Salad October 2, 1969
Samantha's Double Mother Trouble December 4, 1969
Santa Comes to Visit and Stays and Stays December 18, 1969
Samantha's Lost Weekend January 8, 1970
Okay, Who's the Wise Witch? March 12, 1970
Turn on the Old Charm April 9, 1970
Make Love, Not Hate April 16, 1970
Paul Revere Rides Again October 29, 1970
Samantha's Old Salem Trip November 12, 1970
Samantha's Magic Mirror April 8, 1971
Samantha's Not So Leaning Tower of Pisa October 6, 1971
Samantha's Magic Sitter January 5, 1972
George Washington Zapped Here (Part 1) February 19, 1972
George Washington Zapped Here (Part 2) February 26, 1972

Trivia

Esmeralda played by Alice Ghostley is considered the spiritual replacement for Aunt Clara because she was created after the death of Marion Lorne as the producers felt that the role of Aunt Clara could not be replicated by another actress.

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