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Peggy Wood (I) (1892–1978)

Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama (1949), and as the knowing Mother Abbess who gently but firmly steers Julie Andrews' ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music Mother Abbess
One Life to Live
One Life to Live Dr. Kate Nolan (1969)
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
The Story of Ruth


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 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Dr. Kate Nolan (1969)
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Opening Night (1966)
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Mrs. Murray
- The Killing of One Human Being (1965) ... Mrs. Murray
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Marcella Higgins
- The Saturday Evening of Time (1963) ... Marcella Higgins
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Katie Harris
- An Ancient Office (1962) ... Katie Harris
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lillian Granet
- Seed of Guilt (1959) ... Lillian Granet
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sarah Jolland
- The Bitter Land (1957) ... Sarah Jolland
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Peggy Wood - Theatre Guild Member (uncredited)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1951) ... Gladys
 1948-1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Florence McDavid / Mrs. Oliver Jordan
- Dark Hammock (1949) ... Florence McDavid
 1948 Dream Girl
Lucy Allerton
 1946 The Bride Wore Boots
Grace Apley
 1937 A Star Is Born
Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
 1934 Handy Andy
Ernestine Yates
 1929 Wonder of Women
 1919 Almost a Husband
Eva McElwyn
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Stage Play: A Saturday Night. Comedy. See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

As to why she never achieved the success in films that she had on stage and in early TV: "I was not attractive in the way one was supposed to be out there, and I think that, and the fact that I could act, confused them terribly."


Before Wood was cast as Naomi in The Story of Ruth (1960), Irene Dunne was offered the role. One of Wood's biggest career successes was her title role in Mama (1949), the television adaptation of one of Dunne's most popular films, I Remember Mama (1948). See more »

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