Peggy Stewart (actress)

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Peggy Stewart
Born Margaret O'Rourke
(1923-06-05) June 5, 1923 (age 91)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–present
Spouse(s) Don "Red" Barry (1940-1944)
Buck Young (1953-2000)

Peggy Stewart (born Margaret O'Rourke; June 5, 1923) is an American film actress who starred mostly in B-movies during the 1930s and 1940s. Her sister, Patricia O'Rourke, was an Olympic swimmer and was married to World War II hero and B-movie actor Wayne Morris.

Life and career[edit]

Stewart's career began when she was cast in the 1937 film Wells Fargo, alongside Joel McCrea. By the early 1940s she was on contract with Republic Pictures, starring regularly with Allan Lane, Sunset Carson, and Wild Bill Elliott. During that time she played in several episodes of Adventures of Red Ryder. She usually played the part of the tough heroine, rather than a passive girl needing to be saved. During that time she married western actor Don Barry. From 1944 to 1951 she starred in thirty-five films, most of which were serials and westerns. She also starred with Gene Autry several times during that period as well as appearing on several episodes of The Cisco Kid, including "Oil Land", which first aired on October 10, 1950.

In 1949, she played alongside Jim Bannon in Ride, Ryder, Ride. She again played the part of heroine to Bannon in 1949, starring in The Fighting Redhead. In 1952 she starred with Bill Elliott in Kansas Territory. In 1957, she had a minor role on CBS's Have Gun-Will Travel episode "The Outlaw". In 1958, she was cast as Etta Jackson, the romantic interest of the painter Hurley Abbott, played by Brad Johnson, in the episode "The Underdog" of the ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian in the title role.

Her career slowed in the 1960s, and by the 1970s she was residing in Studio City, California. Stewart won the Golden Boot Awards in 1984. Semi-retired, Stewart still continued to act on occasion. She played a bit role on one episode of Seinfeld in 1990 titled "The Implant"; in that episode she played the part of the aunt of George Costanza's temporary girlfriend.

In 2009 through 2010, Stewart played Pam Beesly's "old-fashioned" grandmother Mee-Maw on The Office episode "Niagara", and once more in the episode when they baptise Jim's and Pam's daughter Cece.

In 2012, she played Grandma Delores in Adam Sandler's comedy film, That's My Boy.

Partial filmography[edit]