Peggy Ann Garner
(February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress.
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.
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,
and 19-year-old Virginia Craig Garner; they were married in Toledo, Ohio on April 7, 1931.
She was pushed by her mother into the limelight
and entered in talent quests while still a child. Her parents divorced on February 26, 1947.
Garner was a child model for still photographers for two years before she began working in films in 1938.
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.
Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles.
In 1949, Garner starred in Peg O' My Heart
at the Famous Artists Playhouse in Fayetteville, New York
In 1954, she toured with a troupe in several states, performing in The Moon Is Blue
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.
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.
In summer 1960, she appeared in "The Unfamiliar," an episode of Producer's Choice
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).
After Garner's 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. 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
Personal life and death
Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes
on February 22, 1951;
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.)
Garner's final marriage was to Kenyon Foster Brown. After a few years, that marriage also ended in divorce.
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