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

Garner in Jane Eyre (1943)
BornFebruary 3, 1932
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
DiedOctober 16, 1984 (aged 52)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, Real estate agent, Fleet car executive
Years active1938–1980
Spouse(s)Richard Hayes(m. 1951; div. 1953)
Albert Salmi(m. 1956; div. 1963)
Kenyon Foster Brown(m. 1964; div. 1968)
As a child actress, Garner had her first film role in 1938. At the 18th Academy Awards, Garner won the Academy Juvenile Award, recognizing her body of contributions to film in 1945, particularly in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Junior Miss.[1][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.
In 1961 she starred next to Richard Boone in the episode Dream Girl on Have Gun Will Travel.
Early years
Peggy Ann Garner was born on February 3, 1932 at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. She was the daughter of 26-year-old William H. Garner,[3] an attorney,[4] and 19-year-old Virginia Craig Garner; they were married in Toledo, Ohio on April 7, 1931.[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 child model for still photographers for two years before she began working in films in 1938.[6] It's thought that, while trying on clothes in a New York store with her grandmother, to prepare for kindergarten, she was discovered by John Robert Powers, owner of a modeling agency.
James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
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 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.
Garner with Frank Sinatra, 1946
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
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. During the early 1960s she also appeared in one episode each of Bonanza ("The Rival") and Combat!, both under director Robert Altman (see next section).
Later years
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 (1978), directed by Robert Altman, whom she had worked with on television in the early 1960s. Her final screen performance was a small part in a made-for-television feature This Year's Blonde (1980).
Personal life and death
Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes on February 22, 1951;[14] the couple divorced in 1953. She then married actor 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 also ended in divorce.
In 1984, at age 52, Garner died from pancreatic cancer in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles.[16] Her only child, Catherine Ann Salmi, died of heart disease on May 17 1995. She was 38 years old.[17] Peggy's mother, Virginia, outlived both her only child and only grandchild.
1939Little Miss ThoroughbredPraying OrphanUncredited
1939In Name OnlyEllen
1939Blondie Brings Up BabyMelinda Mason
1940Abe Lincoln in IllinoisLittle GirlUncredited
1940Eagle SquadronChild
1942The Pied PiperSheila Cavanaugh
1943Jane EyreJane Eyre as a child
1944The Keys of the KingdomYoung Nora
1945A Tree Grows in BrooklynFrancie NolanAcademy Juvenile Award
1945Nob HillKatie Flanagan
1945Junior MissJudy Graves
1946Home Sweet HomicideDinah Carstairs
1947Thunder in the ValleyMaggie Moore
1947Daisy KenyonRosamund O'Mara
1948The Sign of the RamChristine St. Aubyn
1949Bomba, the Jungle BoyPatricia Harland
1949The Big CatDoris Cooper
1949The Lovable CheatJulie Mercadet
1951TeresaSusan Cass
1954Black WidowNancy "Nanny" Ordway
1966The CatSusan Kilby
1978A WeddingCandice Ruteledge
1949Ford TheatreBeth March"Little Women"
1950The Prudential Family PlayhouseCatherine Hilton"Call It a Day"
1951Two Girls Named SmithBarbara "Babs" SmithTV series
1952Lux Video TheatreJudy"Salad Days"
1952Robert Montgomery PresentsClaire Ambler"Claire Ambler"
1952Westinghouse Studio OneHoney Weber / Frances Weston"Plan for Escape"
1954Eight WitnessesHelen HildebrandTV movie
1955The Best of BroadwayKaye Hamilton"Stage Door"
1955Climax!Nora Wallen"The First and the Last"
1955Westinghouse Studio OneJenny"Strange Companion"
1955Stage 7Miranda Abbelard"The Time of Day"
1957The Dupont Show of the MonthLena Anderson"Beyond This Place"
1958Kraft Television TheatreJane Bell"The Velvet Trap"
1958General Electric TheaterJaney"The Unfamiliar"
1958Westinghouse Studio OneKatey"Man Under Glass"
1959The United States Steel HourFrances Barclay"Wish on the Moon"
1959The LineupYvonne"Thrills"
1960Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheatreSarah Malloy"Deception"
1960One Step BeyondLaura Perkins"Tonight at 12:17"
1960Adventures in ParadiseDeborah Baxter"Once Around the Circuit"
1961Naked CityEdie Brewer"Button in the Haystack"
1961BonanzaCameo Johnson"The Rival"
1962Have Gun – Will TravelVirginia "Ginger" Adams"Dream Girl"
1962Adventures in ParadiseLorrie Hamilton"Build My Gallows Low"
1962Alfred Hitchcock PresentsMadeline Drake"Victim Four"
1962The UntouchablesMargaret Radick / Margaret Wilson"Elegy"
1963Alcoa PremiereBernice Meredith"Impact of an Execution"
1963Perry MasonLetty Arthur"The Case of Constant Doyle"
1963Combat!Nurse Lt. Amelia Marsh"Off Limits"
1963The UntouchablesBarbara Sultan"The Giant Killer"
1963The PatriotsPatsy Jefferson RandolphTV movie
1964The Eleventh HourMyra Hopp"Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?"
1964The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Anne Donfield"The Project Strigas Affair"
1965The Outer LimitsAmanda Frank"The Probe"
1967BatmanBetsy Boldface"Ring Around the Riddler"
1968The Big ValleyMrs. Whittaker"The Prize"
1978BetrayalMrs. Carol StockwoodTV movie
1979Lou GrantDixie Collins"Kids"
1980This Year's BlondeFather's Wife (Stepmother)TV movie (final appearance)
  1. ^ "Peggy Ann Garner". The Official Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 7 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "'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.
  4. ^ a b Katz, Ephraim (1982). The Film Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Perigee Books. p. 469. ISBN 0-399-50601-2.
  5. ^ a b "Parents of Actress 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "(photo caption)". The Anniston Star. Alabama, Anniston. October 28, 1945. p. 28. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Saucy Comedy Coming To Va". The Progress-Index. Virginia, Petersburg. February 28, 1954. p. 20. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Peggy Ann Garner search". Playbill. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  10. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 223.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Top Viewing Today". Independent. California, Long Beach. June 13, 1960. p. 39. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Peggy Ann Garner Married To Actor". The Cumberland News. Maryland, Cumberland. May 19, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved May 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ Peggy Ann Garner obituary, latimes.com; accessed December 14, 2017.
  17. ^ myheritage.com
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