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Leah Waggner (1927–2015)

Leah Waggner was born Rosemarie Dianne 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 (Richmond, Virginia), she entered Longwood State Teachers College (Farmville, Virginia) as a ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Twilight Zone Mrs. Goodman
The Dick Van Dyke Show Martha Goodheart / Mrs. Kirk
Peter Gunn Sister Benedict


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 1966 Incident at Phantom Hill
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1962-1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Martha Goodheart / Mrs. Kirk
- The Making of a Councilman (1966) ... Martha Goodheart (as Lia Waggner)
- A Word a Day (1962) ... Mrs. Kirk
 1964-1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Anderson / Mrs. Roberts
- Little Brother Is Watching You (1965) ... Mrs. Anderson (as Lia Waggner)
- Let 'Em Eat Cake (1964) ... Mrs. Roberts (as Lia Waggner)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
- No Hiding Place (1963) ... (as Lia Waggner)
 1962 Incident in an Alley
Mrs. Snyder (uncredited)
 1961 Window on Main Street (TV Series)
Mavis Webster
- The Woman Behind Chapter Four (1961) ... Mavis Webster (as Lia Waggner)
 1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Millie Coe
- Hard Virtue (1961) ... Millie Coe (as Lia Waggner)
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Mrs. McCall
- The Crossroads (1961) ... Mrs. McCall (as Lia Waggner)
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Grace Timmons
- Sudden Death (1960) ... Grace Timmons (as Lia Waggner)
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mrs. Goodman
- The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960) ... Mrs. Goodman (as Lea Waggner)
 1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
- The Case of the Blushing Pearls (1959) ... Maid (as Lia Waggner)
 1958 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Sister Benedict
- Sisters of the Friendless (1958) ... Sister Benedict (as Lia Waggner)
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
- The Outcasts (1958) ... Sister (as Lia Waggner)
 1952 Hoodlum Empire
Billie (uncredited)
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Girl in Casino (uncredited)
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 2008 Talk About the Business: William Schallert on Douglas Sirk's 'The Tarnished Angels' (Video documentary short) (special thanks - as Lia Schallert)

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Alternate Names:

Lia Schallert | Lea Waggner | Lia Waggner

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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 ... See more »

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