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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 December 1927Appalachia, Virginia, USA
Date of Death 11 August 1973Hollywood, California, USA  (cirrhosis of the liver)
Birth NamePeggy Thomas Blair
Nickname Peggie Call
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall, sultry, green-eyed blonde Peggie Castle was actually spotted by a talent scout while she was lunching in a Beverly Hills restaurant. In her films she was usually somebody's "woman" rather than a girlfriend, and her career was confined to mostly "B"-grade action pictures, dramas or westerns: Harem Girl (1952), Wagons West (1952), The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951), Jesse James' Women (1954), among others. She did, however, have good roles in such films as Payment on Demand (1951) with Bette Davis, 99 River Street (1953) with John Payne, I, the Jury (1953), The White Orchid (1954), Miracle in the Rain (1956) with Jane Wyman and in Seven Hills of Rome (1957) with Mario Lanza. After three seasons playing sexy femme lead Lily Merrill, the dance-hall hostess and romantic interest for steely-eyed Marshal Dan Troop in the TV western series Lawman (1958), she left show business in 1962. She later developed an alcohol problem and died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1973 at age 45.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: banse@netzero.net

Spouse (4)

Arthur S. Morgenstern (17 October 1970 - 30 April 1973) (his death)
William McGarry (1955 - 1970) (divorced) (1 child)
Robert H. Rains (4 January 1951 - 29 April 1954) (divorced)
Revis Call (1946 - 1950) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Her birthplace home is the largest house in Appalachia, Virginia.
According to Hollywood lore, Peggie Castle was discovered by a talent agent while eating a shrimp cocktail in the seafood bar of the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.
Close friend of war hero/actor Audie Murphy in the early 1950's.
Once named the Ideal Hollywood Secretary by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after portraying a secretary in the film Miracle in the Rain (1956) in which Peggie co-starred with Van Johnson and Jane Wyman.
Peggie used to return to her hometown of Appalachia VA at least once a year to visit her favorite aunt to whom she was very close. A resident of Peggie's hometown of Appalachia, VA has recently written a two act play based on her life. Much of the dialogue in the play is taken from actual letters Peggie wrote to her favorite Aunt back home in Appalachia.
Parents' names were Doyle and Elizabeth Blair. Her father was a director of an industrial relations firm. When the family moved to Hollywood he was hired as a studio manager at Goldwyn Studios.
Had a daughter with third husband William McGarry named Erin. Erin McGarry was born in 1963.
In 1949, Peggie was voted Miss Classy Chassis by members of the United Automobile Workers Union from seven Western states.
While promoted by Universal, she was dubbed "Miss Classy Chassis, "Miss Cheesecake" and "Miss Jet Job".
Developed a chronic alcohol problem in the early 1960s. In 1969 she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of barbiturates and slashing her wrists. She was later committed to California's Camarillo State Hospital for her alcoholism, but she regressed after her release.
During her teens, she did some teen modeling and was also hired for a radio soap opera called "Today's Children".
Her signing by Universal-International in 1950 was instigated by Universal star Audie Murphy, whom she was seeing at the time. She left Universal in 1954 and freelanced.

Personal Quotes (1)

Let's face it. Nobody likes nice women on the screen. Nice women are dull.

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