Peggy Rea

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Peggy Rea
Born Peggy Jane Rea
(1921-03-31)March 31, 1921
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died February 5, 2011(2011-02-05) (aged 89)
Toluca Lake, California, United States
Cause of death
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953–1998

Peggy Jane Rea (March 31, 1921 – February 5, 2011)[1] was an American actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters.[2] 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:


She died in Toluca Lake, California, aged 89, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on February 5, 2011, almost two months before her 90th birthday.[3]


  1. ^ "PASSINGS: Peggy Rea". Los Angeles Times. February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Peggy Rea, TV Actress With Matronly Aura, Dies at 89 New York Times, February 11, 2011; page B15.
  3. ^ Book of the Dead website giving Rea's cause of death as ALS

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