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Aunt Clara
Aunt Clara
First Appearance: The Witches Are Out
Last Appearance: Samantha's Secret Saucer
Cause: Actor's death
Portrayer: Marion Lorne
Episode Count: 28
Species: Witch
Gender: Female
Occupation: Sat on a witches committee that tested Tabitha's powers
Family: Maurice (brother)
Endora (sister-in-law)
Samantha Stephens (niece)
Tabitha Stephens (great niece)
Adam Stephens (great nephew)
Significant Other(s): Ocky (boyfriend)

Aunt Clara is Samantha's ever loveable, but bumbling and forgetful aunt. She also has the distinct recognition of being one of the few of Samantha's relatives that Darrin actually liked. She was constantly causing problems when she used her magic, as her magic didn't work as she intended. After each blunder, she would forget the spell and Sam and Darrin would have to work long and hard at getting the problem resolved so that no one, especially Gladys Kravitz, discovered that magic was at work. Aunt Clara was notable for falling down the Stephens' chimney with a handbag full of doorknobs.

Family Tree IssueEdit

Although Aunt Clara was Samantha's favorite aunt, we never find out exactly how the two are related -- which would be either on Endora's side or Maurice's. The major problem is that the writers never decided how Clara was related to Samantha. It also isn't known how Aunt Hagatha and Aunt Enchantra are related to Samantha though some fans insist that they were Endora's sisters as the three prosecuted her in The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara, but in another episode, Endora says she was an only child until Arthur was born, but however, its possible could have been born later or somehow adopted. Samantha also has several cousins mentioned in the show with unknown connections to her Aunts or Uncles except for Cousin Henry, who is said to be Arthur's son (mother unknown who could be one of the known Aunts). Maurice's siblings are never mentioned leaving a possiblity Clara and others can 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 while no other characters "related" to Samantha are elves. It is also possible Clara was Samantha's godmother because of their closeness.

Clara and EsmereldaEdit

When Clara's portrayer Marion Lorne passed away before the fifth season, the producers felt that the character "couldn't be replicated by another actress" which was done before up to that time in the cases of Gladys Kravitz, Louise Tate, and Frank Stephens. So what they did instead was create the character Esmerelda played by Alice Ghostley who could also be a "befuddled witch with wobbly magic whose spells often went astray". Coincidentally, Lorne and Ghostley played alongside each other in the 1967 film The Graduate as partygoers.

Aunt Clara's MishapsEdit

Main article: Aunt Clara's Spells

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