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Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
(February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress. As a child actress, Garner had her first film role in 1938. She won the Academy Juvenile Award
Academy Juvenile Award
for her work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). (Whether the award was given specifically for her work in that film is debatable. The Official Academy Awards Database lists the award as "outstanding child actress of 1945," without mentioning a specific film.[1] The Inside Oscar reference book about Academy Awards refers to " Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Junior Miss" in citing the award.)[2] Featured roles in such films as Black Widow (1954) did not help to establish her in mature film roles, although she progressed to theatrical work and she made acting appearances on television as an adult.


1 Early years 2 Film 3 Stage 4 Radio and television 5 Later years 6 Personal life 7 Death 8 Filmography

8.1 Film 8.2 Television

9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Early years[edit]

James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Born in Canton, Ohio, Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
was the daughter of William H. Garner,[3] an attorney,[4] and Virginia Craig Garner.[5] She was pushed by her mother into the limelight[4] and entered in talent quests while still a child. Her parents divorced on February 26, 1947.[5] Garner was a model for still photographers for two years before she began working in films.[6] Film[edit] By 1938, Garner 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 12 in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), winning an Academy Juvenile Award
Academy Juvenile Award
largely for this performance. In the same year, she showed she could handle comedy by giving a fine performance in Junior Miss (also 1945).[7] Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles. Stage[edit] In 1949, Garner starred in Peg O' My Heart at the Famous Artists Playhouse in Fayetteville, New York.[3] In 1954, she toured with a troupe in several states, performing in The Moon Is Blue.[8] Garner headlined the national tour of the William Inge hit Broadway play Bus Stop beginning in 1955. She starred with Albert Salmi, who later became her husband. Garner also appeared with Dick York in the touring production. Garner's Broadway credits include Home Is the Hero, First Lady, The Royal Family, and The Man.[9] Radio and television[edit] In 1950, Garner starred as Esther Smith in the radio comedy Meet Me in St. Louis. The program ran two months on NBC.[10] Garner was a panelist in two television programs, Leave It to the Girls on ABC and NBC[11] and Who Said That? on NBC. In 1951, she starred in the comedy Two Girls Named Smith on ABC.[11]:1121 In Summer 1960, she appeared in "The Unfamiliar," an episode of Producer's Choice,[12] and she was cast as Julie in the episode "Stopover" of David McLean's 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, on the ABC series Adventures in Paradise, with Gardner McKay. Later years[edit] After Garner's film career ended, she ventured into stage acting and had some success but also worked as a real estate agent[13] and fleet car executive between acting jobs in order to support herself. After a decade away from work in feature films, she appeared as the pregnant aunt in the critically acclaimed film, A Wedding
A Wedding
(1978), directed by Robert Altman. (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
Hoss Cartwright
and a 1963 episode of Combat!
in which she appeared. Her final screen performance was a small part in a made-for-television feature This Year's Blonde (1980). Personal life[edit] Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes on February 22, 1951;[14] the couple divorced in 1953. She married actor Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
on May 16, 1956; they divorced on March 13, 1963. (Another source says that Garner and Salmi were married May 18, 1956.)[15] 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 38 from heart disease.[citation needed] Death[edit] Garner died from pancreatic cancer in 1984 at the age of 52 in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles.[16] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1939 In Name Only Ellen

1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby Melinda Mason

1942 Pied Piper, TheThe Pied Piper Sheila Cavanaugh

1943 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre as a child

1944 Keys of the Kingdom, TheThe Keys of the Kingdom Young Nora

1945 Tree Grows in Brooklyn, AA Tree Grows in Brooklyn Francie

1945 Nob Hill Katie Flanagan

1945 Junior Miss Judy Graves

1946 Home Sweet Homicide Dinah Carstairs

1947 Thunder in the Valley Maggie Moore

1947 Daisy Kenyon Rosamund O'Mara

1948 Sign of the Ram, TheThe Sign of the Ram Christine St. Aubyn

1949 Bomba, the Jungle Boy Patricia Harland

1949 Big Cat, TheThe Big Cat Doris Cooper

1949 Lovable Cheat, TheThe Lovable Cheat Julie Mercadet

1951 Teresa Susan Cass

1954 Black Widow Nancy "Nanny" Ordway

1966 The Cat Susan Kilby

1978 Wedding, AA Wedding Candice Ruteledge


Year Title Role Notes

1949 Ford Theatre Beth March "Little Women"

1950 Prudential Family Playhouse, TheThe Prudential Family Playhouse Catherine Hilton "Call It a Day"

1951 Two Girls Named Smith Barbara "Babs" Smith TV series

1952 Lux Video Theatre Judy "Salad Days"

1952 Robert Montgomery Presents Claire Ambler "Claire Ambler"

1952 Westinghouse Studio One Honey Weber / Frances Weston "Plan for Escape"

1954 Eight Witnesses Helen Hildebrand TV film

1955 Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of Broadway Kaye Hamilton "Stage Door"

1955 Climax! Nora Wallen "The First and the Last"

1955 Westinghouse Studio One Jenny "Strange Companion"

1955 Stage 7 Miranda Abbelard "The Time of Day"

1957 Dupont Show of the Month, TheThe Dupont Show of the Month Lena Anderson "Beyond This Place"

1958 Kraft Television Theatre Jane Bell "The Velvet Trap"

1958 General Electric Theater Janey "The Unfamiliar"

1958 Westinghouse Studio One Katey "Man Under Glass"

1959 United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel Hour Frances Barclay "Wish on the Moon"

1959 Lineup, TheThe Lineup Yvonne "Thrills"

1960 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Sarah Malloy "Deception"

1960 Tate Julie "Stopover"

1960 One Step Beyond Laura Perkins "Tonight at 12:17"

1960 Adventures in Paradise Deborah Baxter "Once Around the Circuit"

1961 Naked City Edie Brewer "Button in the Haystack"

1961 Bonanza Cameo Johnson "The Rival"

1962 Have Gun – Will Travel Virginia "Ginger" Adams "Dream Girl"

1962 Adventures in Paradise Lorrie Hamilton "Build My Gallows Low"

1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Madeline Drake "Victim Four"

1962 Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables Margaret Radick / Margaret Wilson "Elegy"

1963 Alcoa Premiere Bernice Meredith "Impact of an Execution"

1963 Perry Mason Letty Arthur "The Case of Constant Doyle"

1963 Combat! Nurse Lt. Amelia Marsh "Off Limits"

1963 Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables Barbara Sultan "The Giant Killer"

1963 Patriots, TheThe Patriots Patsy Jefferson Randolph TV film

1964 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Myra Hopp "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?"

1964 Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. Anne Donfield "The Project Strigas Affair"

1965 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Amanda Frank "The Probe"

1967 Batman Betsy Boldface "Ring Around the Riddler"

1968 Big Valley, TheThe Big Valley Mrs. Whittaker "The Prize"

1978 Betrayal Mrs. Carol Stockwood TV film

1979 Lou Grant Dixie Collins "Kids"

1980 This Year's Blonde Father's Wife (Stepmother) TV film


^ "Peggy Ann Garner". The Official Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 7 May 2016. [permanent dead link] ^ Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien; MacColl, Gail (Ed.) (1996). Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (10th ed.). New York, New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-345-40053-4. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ a b "' Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
Week' in Syracuse As Teen-Ager Appears in Plays, Films". The Post-Standard. New York, Syracuse. August 1, 1949. p. 16. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b Katz, Ephraim (1982). The Film Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Perigee Books. p. 469. ISBN 0-399-50601-2.  ^ a b "Parents of Actress Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
Divorced in L.A." The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. February 27, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Mara, Margaret (June 17, 1946). "Beauty Alone Doesn't Make Child a Model Photographers Will Like". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 9. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "(photo caption)". The Anniston Star. Alabama, Anniston. October 28, 1945. p. 28. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Saucy Comedy Coming To Va". The Progress-Index. Virginia, Petersburg. February 28, 1954. p. 20. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
search". Playbill. Retrieved 7 May 2016.  ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 223. ^ a b Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 591. ^ "Top Viewing Today". Independent. California, Long Beach. June 13, 1960. p. 39. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Aylesworth, Thomas G.; Bowman, John S. (1987). The World Almanac Who's Who of Film. New York, New York: World Almanac. p. 166. ISBN 0-88687-308-8.  ^ " Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
To Be Married Today". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. February 22, 1951. p. 1. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
Married To Actor". The Cumberland News. Maryland, Cumberland. May 19, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
obituary, latimes.com; accessed December 14, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

Grabman, Sandra. "Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner." Albany: BearManor Media, 2005. ISBN 1-59393-017-8. Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen, South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971, pp. 90-94. Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 83.

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