Peggy Ann Garner

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Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner in Miracle on 34th Street trailer.jpg

Peggy Ann Garner in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Born(1932-02-03)February 3, 1932
Canton, Ohio, USA
DiedOctober 16, 1984(1984-10-16) (aged 52)
Woodland Hills, California, USA
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
OccupationActress, Real estate agent, Fleet car executive
Years active1938–84
Spouse(s)Kenyon Foster Brown (1964–div.1968)
Albert Salmi (1956–div.1963)
Richard Hayes (1951–div.1953)
ChildrenCatherine Ann Salmi (1957-1995)
 
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Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner in Miracle on 34th Street trailer.jpg

Peggy Ann Garner in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Born(1932-02-03)February 3, 1932
Canton, Ohio, USA
DiedOctober 16, 1984(1984-10-16) (aged 52)
Woodland Hills, California, USA
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
OccupationActress, Real estate agent, Fleet car executive
Years active1938–84
Spouse(s)Kenyon Foster Brown (1964–div.1968)
Albert Salmi (1956–div.1963)
Richard Hayes (1951–div.1953)
ChildrenCatherine Ann Salmi (1957-1995)

Peggy Ann Garner (February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress.

A successful child actress, Garner played her first film role in 1938 and won the Academy Juvenile Award for her work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). Featured roles in such films as Black Widow (1954) did not further her attempts to establish herself in mature film roles, and although she progressed to theatrical work, she made relatively few acting appearances as an adult.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Canton, Ohio, Garner's mother pushed her into the limelight and entered her in talent quests while Garner was still a child. By 1938 she had made her first film appearance, and over the next few years she appeared in several more films, including Jane Eyre (1943) and The Keys of the Kingdom (1944). She reached the height of her success at the age of 13 in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), winning an Academy Juvenile Award largely for this performance.

Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles. She guest-starred steadily in television roles from the early 1950s through the 1960s. She was a regular panelist on the NBC television series, Who Said That?, along with H. V. Kaltenborn and Boris Karloff. In the summer of 1960, she was cast as Julie in the episode "Stopover" of David McLean's NBC western series, Tate. In 1960 and again in 1962, she was cast in the episodes "Once Around the Circuit" and "Build My Gallows Low", respectively, of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, with Gardner McKay.

After her film career ended, she ventured into stage acting and had some success but also worked as a real estate agent and fleet car executive between acting jobs in order to support herself. In 1978, she surprised film audiences after a decade away from any feature film when she appeared as the pregnant aunt of the bride 'Candice Ruteledge' in the critically acclaimed ensemble Robert Altman film, A Wedding (1978). (Garner had worked with Altman before; he directed a 1961 episode of Bonanza, "The Rival", in which she appeared as a girl being courted by Hoss Cartwright.) Her final screen performance was a small part in a1980 made-for-television feature This Year's Blonde.

Personal life[edit]

Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes, and they divorced in 1953. She went on to marry actor Albert Salmi on May 16, 1956, and they divorced on March 13, 1963. Garner's final marriage was to Kenyon Foster Brown. After a few years, that marriage, too, ended in divorce. Her only child, Catherine Ann Salmi, died in 1995 at the age of thirty-eight from heart disease.

Death[edit]

Garner died from pancreatic cancer in 1984 at the age of fifty-two. Six years later, Albert Salmi murdered his second wife and then committed suicide in Spokane, Washington.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1938Little Miss ThoroughbredPraying orphanuncredited
1939Blondie Brings Up BabyMelinda Mason
In Name OnlyEllen Eden
1940Abe Lincoln in Illinois (film)little girl (uncredited)Spirit of the People UK title
1942The Pied PiperSheila Cavanaugh
Eagle SquadronChild
1944The Keys of the KingdomNora, as a girl
Jane EyreJane Eyre (younger)
1945Nob HillKatie Flanagan
A Tree Grows in BrooklynFrancie NolanAcademy Juvenile Award
Junior MissJudy Graves
1946Home, Sweet HomicideDinah Carstairs
1947Daisy KenyonRosamund O'Mara
Thunder in the ValleyMaggie Moore
1948The Sign of the RamChristine St. Aubyn
1949The Lovable CheatJulie Mercadet
The Big CatDoris Cooper
Bomba, the Jungle BoyPat Harland
1951TeresaSusan Cass
1954Black WidowNancy 'Nanny' Ordway
1965The Probe (Outer Limits Episode)Amanda Frank
1966The CatSusan Kilby
1978A WeddingCandice Ruteledge
1978BetrayalMrs. Carol StockwoodTV Movie - Final film before her death due to pancreatic cancer.

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