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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 31, 1921 ~It was a century ago, veteran Hollywood character actress PEGGY REA, whose career spanned nearly 50 years in big and small screen roles like "I Love Lucy", "Cold Turkey", and known as 'Lulu Hogg' on TV's "Dukes of Hazzard", was born 100 years ago today! ...

Miss Rea died in 2011, of heart failure in her home, at age 89.
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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 11:43:15pm
In reply to: jlp 's message, "Mar. 31st~Happy 101st Birthday! Journalist Marga Mineo, Soccer's Roy Houghton is 100, Actress Mitsuyo Mizushima is 100, Major General James E. Paschall is 98, Critic Jean Franco is 97, Stage Actress Kim Kendall is 96, Actor William Daniels is 94, Actress Peggy Cooper is 90, Composer Ivan Staykov is 90, Director Nikolay Subbotin turns 90." on Tuesday, March 30, 09:03:01pm

Veteran American actress known for her many roles in
countless TV/film, often playing matronly characters. ...

Peggy Rea
[ Peggy Jane Rea ]
(March 31, 1921 February 5, 2011)

Life and career ...

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. Although Thompson severed ties with Rea, 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. Rea 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, 19481949) starring Anthony Quinn.

...She appeared in such television shows as I Love Lucy, The Wild Wild West,Hazel, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko,
Ironside, Burke's Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., All In The Family, Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, Busting Loose, MacGyver, The Golden Girls,
and recurring role as 'Lulu Coltrane Hogg' in popular TV sitcom The Dukes of Hazzard. ...

She appeared in feature films, including Norman Lear's Cold Turkey and In Country.
After portraying a landlady in an earlier episode of The Waltons. ...

...Soon after, Rea permanently joined the cast in 1979 in the role of Rose Burton, a cousin of Olivia Walton, a surrogate parental figure replacing Ellen Corby (Grandma), Michael Learned (Olivia), and the following year, Ralph Waite (John). Rea remained with the series until the spring of 1981 when her character of Rose married her beau Stanley Perkins (played by William Schallert) shortly before the show's cancellation. Rea's character of Rose appeared in the Walton's Thanksgiving Reunion in 1993. Rea later appeared as a regular on the sitcom Grace Under Fire during the 1990s.

Rea died in Toluca Lake, California, aged 89, from complications of heart failure on February 5, 2011. She was 89.
Miss Rea never married, and her ashes were interred at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, Calif. ...

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