|Born||Peggy Jane Rea
March 31, 1921
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Died||February 5, 2011
Toluca Lake, California, United States
Cause of death
|Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis|
Peggy Jane Rea (March 31, 1921 – February 5, 2011) was an American actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters. Rea left UCLA to attend business school, landing a job as a production secretary at MGM in the 1940s.
She appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Hazel, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko, Ironside, Burke's Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., All In The Family, Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, Busting Loose, MacGyver, The Dukes of Hazzard (as Lulu Coltrane Hogg) and The Golden Girls.
She appeared in feature films, including Cold Turkey and In Country. She joined the cast of The Waltons in 1979 as Rose Burton, a cousin of Olivia Walton, as sort of a surrogate parental figure replacing Ellen Corby (Grandma), Michael Learned (Olivia), and the following year, Ralph Waite (John). Rea remained with the series until the spring of 1981 when her character of Rose married her beau Stanley Perkins (played by William Schallert) shortly before the show's cancellation. Rea's character of Rose never appeared nor was ever mentioned in the Waltons television movie sequels of the 1980's and 1990's.
Rea later appeared as a regular on the sitcom Grace Under Fire during the 1990s.
Her recurring roles included:
- Peggy on Have Gun Will Travel
- Miss Roniger on Gunsmoke
- Cousin Bertha on All in the Family
- Martha Burkhorn on All in the Family
- Rose Burton on The Waltons
- Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
- Ivy Baker on Step by Step
- Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire
- "PASSINGS: Peggy Rea". Los Angeles Times. February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- Peggy Rea, TV Actress With Matronly Aura, Dies at 89 New York Times, February 11, 2011; page B15.
- Book of the Dead website giving Rea's cause of death as ALS
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