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Overview (4)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameRosemarie Diann Waggner
Nickname Lia waggner

Mini Bio (1)

Leah Waggner was born Rosemarie Dawn Waggner in 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Her parents were Glenn S. Waggner, manager of Harris Dental, a dental supplies company, and Rose E. Waggner. Following graduation from St. Gertrude's High School, Leah entered Longwood State Teachers College, in Farmville, Virginia, USA as a freshman in 1943 to study drama. In January 1944 she was pledged to a woman's sorority, Mu Omega. Leah moved with her family to California in 1948. She is an actress. Among her eighteen film and television appearances she is known for The Twilight Zone (1960), Gunsmoke (1961), and two appearances each on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1962 and 1966) and The Patty Duke Show (1964 and 1965). Leah married William Joseph Schallert, former president of The Screen Actors Guild, on February 26, 1949 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. They have fours sons: William Joseph (born in 1949), Edwin G. (born in 1952), Mark M. (born in 1954), and Brendan C. Schallert (born in 1961).

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Spouse (1)

William Schallert (26 February 1949 - 2015) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (7)

She appeared with her husband William Schallert in two episodes of The Patty Duke Show (1963), in which he played Martin Lane.
William Schallert and Leah Waggner were both in the cast of the 1948 Circle Theater production of "Rain" in Hollywood, California, USA. Circle Theater used what was termed Unique Circle Players staging where the actors perform in mid-room with the audience seated in a semi-circle to create intimacy and realism. In "Rain" the audience was in a trader's house living room under a bamboo roof and rain effects. It was designed to simulate a dismal Pago Pago Island setting. The play, which opened on October 24, 1948, cast Mr. Schallert as the Rev. Alfred Davidson, a young pastor experiencing moral and spiritual conflicts with his wide, Sadie, played by June Havoc. Miss Waggner was cast as the wife of Dr. MacPhail. The Unique Circle Players were amateur actors and actresses.
In the late 1940s Rosemarie D. Wagner was a registered Democrat on the Burbank, California Voter Registration List for Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Erskine Johnson introduced Leah in his nationally syndicated column, "In Hollywood," in January 1951. He announced that she was about to make her screen debut in Paramount's "My Favorite Spy," a new comedy co-starring Bob Hope and Hedy LaMarr.
After arriving in California in 1948, Leah studied for three years with Dennis Weaver's workshop for actors. Her first tutor was Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya.
Among the many Virginians present at the 1951 Oscar Awards Ceremony were Leah Waggner and her husband, William Schallert. Leah was reported to be a contrasting beauty to Ava Gardner, also in attendance. It was that Leah was a screen newcomer with "flaxen charm" by Hollywood writer, Carol Leh. Leah wore an aqua brocade satin with a slip top and matching top. She wore her hair in a simple page-boy style, and had a black and silver stole with silver sandals. The writer noted that her husband, Bill Schallert, was the son of the Los Angeles Times drama editor, Edwin Schallert.
In reflecting on once being fat, Leah reported in a Richmond newspaper that in the early 1950s she put on unwanted pounds while she and her husband were in England. Bill Schallert was on a fellowship, and to occupy her time Leah ate. Back in America, despite their tight budget, she became a compulsive eater. To return to her slim figure Leah developed a plan to lose three pounds a week. The plan had to be inexpensive and healthy. It consisted of three times a day eating a broiled hamburger, a glass of skim milk, an orange, and raw carrots.

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