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Peggy Rea

Peggy Jane Rea was a Los Angeles-born American actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters. Before she became an actress, Rea left UCLA to attend business school. She landed a job as a production secretary at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s. Later, she was an assistant to writer-musician Kay Thompson until Thompson dropped her in April 1948. Some of the points of discord apparently included Rea's insistence on staying at the Algonquin Hotel (rather than Essex House, where Thompson was staying), and disappearing, on at least one occasion, on the eve of their New York opening to see Born Yesterday on Broadway without telling Thompson. The time had come for Peggy to make her mark as the character actress she was born to be. She quickly landed on her feet with a supporting role in the National Road Company production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (as Eunice Hubbell, 1948–1949) starring Anthony Quinn. Thompson severed ties with Rea, however the younger woman kept in touch with other members of Thompson's family, including Thompson's mother, brother and younger sister, with whom she enjoyed cordial relations.

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Mar 31, 1921 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series I Love Lucy 1951-10-15
Latest Project:
Series The Single Guy 1995-09-21
Known For
Poster of A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion
Poster of Busting Loose
Poster of Paper Moon
Poster of The Learning Tree
Series The Single Guy Unknown 1995-09-21
Movie Devil in a Blue Dress Carter’s Secretary 1995-09-15
Movie Made in America Alberta 1993-01-06
Movie A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Rose 1993-11-21
Series Grace Under Fire Jean Kelly 1993-09-29
Movie Love Field Mrs. Heisenbuttel 1992-12-11
Series Step by Step Ivy Baker 1991-09-20
Movie Curfew Mrs. Mary Cox 1989-04-25
Movie In Country Mamaw 1989-09-15
Series The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Series The Dukes of Hazzard Lulu Coltrane Hogg 1979-01-26
Movie The Cracker Factory Pomeroy 1979-03-16
Movie The Gift of Love Mrs. Mooney 1978-12-08
Series How the West Was Won Unknown 1977-02-06
Series Busting Loose Unknown 1977-01-17
Movie The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon Mrs. Charles 1976-02-04
Movie Lipstick Reporter 1976-04-02
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Win, Place or Steal Josephine 1975-02-01
Movie Promise Him Anything Mother 1975-05-15
Series Bronk Unknown 1975-09-21
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series Paper Moon Unknown 1974-09-12
Movie Blood Sport Mrs. Birdsong 1973-12-05
Movie The Night Stalker 1972-01-11
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Series ABC Afterschool Special Unknown 1972-10-04
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie What's the Matter with Helen? Mrs. Schultz 1971-06-30
Movie Cold Turkey Mrs. Proctor 1971-02-19
Series The Immortal Unknown 1970-09-24
Series The Odd Couple Unknown 1970-09-24
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Movie The Learning Tree Miss McClintock 1969-08-06
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Family Affair Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Gidget Unknown 1965-09-01
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Mrs. Peter Ramsey 1964-03-18
Movie Looking for Love Relative (uncredited) 1964-08-05
Series The Patty Duke Show Unknown 1963-09-18
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15