Peggie Castle

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Peggie Castle
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Actress Peggie Castle
BornPeggy Blair
(1927-12-22)December 22, 1927
Appalachia, Wise County
Virginia, USA
DiedAugust 11, 1973(1973-08-11) (aged 45)
Hollywood, California
Cause of death
Cirrhosis of the liver
Other namesPeggy Castle
Peggie Call
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Revis Call (m. 1945–50)
Robert H. Rains (m. 1951–54)
William McGarry (m. 1955–69)
Arthur Morganstern (m. 1971–73)
ChildrenErin McGarry
 
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Peggie Castle
Peggiecastle1.jpg
Actress Peggie Castle
BornPeggy Blair
(1927-12-22)December 22, 1927
Appalachia, Wise County
Virginia, USA
DiedAugust 11, 1973(1973-08-11) (aged 45)
Hollywood, California
Cause of death
Cirrhosis of the liver
Other namesPeggy Castle
Peggie Call
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Revis Call (m. 1945–50)
Robert H. Rains (m. 1951–54)
William McGarry (m. 1955–69)
Arthur Morganstern (m. 1971–73)
ChildrenErin McGarry

Peggie Castle (December 22, 1927 – August 11, 1973) was an American actress who specialized in playing the "other woman" in B-movies. She was also billed under the names Peggy Castle and Peggie Call.

Career[edit]

Born Peggy Blair in Appalachia in Wise County in far southwestern Virginia, Castle was discovered by a talent scout while eating in a restaurant in Beverly Hills. She was signed to a seven-year contract with Universal-International and made her film debut in the 1947 film When a Girl's Beautiful. In 1949, she was named "Miss Cheesecake" by the Southern California Restaurant Association. Later that year, the Junior Chamber of Commerce named Castle "Miss Three Alarm".[1][2] She later appeared in such films as Payment on Demand (1951), Invasion U.S.A. (1952), 99 River Street (1953), and Arrivederci Roma (1957).

In the 1950s, Castle moved into television. She appeared in multiple guest roles on Fireside Theater, Cheyenne, and The Restless Gun. In 1957 she played defendant Sally Fenner in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Negligent Nymph." From 1959 to 1962, she co-starred in the television western series Lawman. Her final onscreen role was a guest appearance in a 1966 episode of The Virginian.

Personal life[edit]

Castle was married a total of four times. Her first marriage was to Revis Call. They married in 1945 and divorced in 1950.[1] In 1951, she married Universal publicist Robert H. Rains. They divorced in April 1954. Her third marriage was to producer/director William McGarry in 1955. They had a daughter, Erin, before divorcing in 1969.[3] Castle's fourth and final marriage was to Arthur Morganstern in 1971. They remained married until Morganstern's death in April 1973.

Death[edit]

In her later years, Castle developed alcoholism.[4] On August 11, 1973, her third husband, William McGarry found her body on the couch of her Hollywood apartment. Her death was later determined to be caused by cirrhosis.[5]

For her contribution to the television industry, Peggie Castle has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

John Russell and Peggie Castle in ABC's Lawman (1959)
Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1947When a Girl's Beautiful"Koko" GlaydeCredited as Peggy Call
1949Mr. Belvedere Goes to CollegeJean AuchinclossUncredited
1950Buccaneer's GirlCleo
1951Payment on DemandDiana Ramsey
1951Air CadetPat
1951Bright VictoryEleanorUncredited
1951The Golden HordeLailee
1952Invasion U.S.A.Carla Sanford
1952Fireside TheaterAnnEpisode: "A Kiss for Aunt Sophie"
1953I, the JuryCharlotte Manning
195399 River StreetPauline Driscoll
1954The Yellow TomahawkKatherine
1954The White OrchidKathryn Williams
1954Overland PacificAnn Dennison
1954The Long WaitVenus
1954Jesse James' WomenWaco Gans
1955Finger ManGladys Baker
1955Tall Man RidingReva
1956Miracle in the RainMillie Kranz
1956Quincannon, Frontier ScoutLesley Selander
1957Beginning of the EndAudrey Aimes
1958Arrivederci RomaCarol Ralston
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1952-1954Fireside TheaterVarious roles3 episodes
1956The MillionaireCandy CaldwellEpisode: "The Candy Caldwell Story"
1956Four Star PlayhouseMolly BarryEpisode: "Success Story"
1956Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterJennyEpisode: "A Quiet Sunday in San Ardo"
1957ConflictLila PrescottEpisode: "The Money"
1957GunsmokeNita TuckerEpisode: "Chester's Murder"
1957Perry MasonSally FennerEpisode: "The Case of the Negligent Nymph"
1958The TexanCharlotta RiveraEpisode: "The First Notch"
195877 Sunset StripValerie StaceyEpisode: "The Well-Selected Frame"
1959Mickey Spillane's Mike HammerJoan BarryEpisode: "The Big Drop"
1959MarkhamAnn JenningsEpisode: "Deadline Date"
1959-1962LawmanLily Merrill105 episodes
1966The VirginianMelissaEpisode: "Morgan Starr"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zylstra, Freida (July 23, 1950). "Star of the Week". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C7. 
  2. ^ a b "Hollywood Star Walk". latimes.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Burroughs Hannsberry, Karen (2009). Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film. McFarland. pp. 44, 49. ISBN 0-786-44682-X. 
  4. ^ Brode, Douglas; Parker, Fess (2009-10-19). Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors (1946-present). University of Texas Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-292-71849-7. 
  5. ^ "Actress Peggie Castle Dies at 45". The Milwaukee Journal. August 12, 1973. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 

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