Lenka Peterson

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Lenka Peterson
Born Betty Ann Isacson
(1925-10-16) October 16, 1925 (age 91)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Spouse(s) Daniel Patrick O'Connor (d. May, 2015)
Children Glynnis O'Connor
Darren O'Connor

Lenka Peterson (born Betty Ann Isacson; October 16, 1925) is an American actress of stage, film and television.

Life and career[edit]

Peterson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Lenke (née Leinweber), a lab technician, and Sven Edward Isacson, a physician.[1] One of the first members admitted to New York's Actors Studio,[2] Peterson's Broadway portrayals included Ella in Sundown Beach (1948), Maude in The Grass Harp (1952), Kitty in The Time of Your Life (1955), Sally and Mary in All the Way Home (1960), Rose in Nuts (1980), and Sarah in Quilters (1984), among others.

Peterson was nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Quilters. She guest starred in such early television productions as Hallmark Hall of Fame (1952), The Philco Television Playhouse (1955), and Actors Studio (1949 and 1950).

She has also been a cast member of the television series Young Dr. Malone, Search for Tomorrow, playing Isabel Moore in 1962 and Evelyn Reedy in 1977, A Flame in the Wind, Another World as Marie Fenton from 1983-1984 and later Lorna Devon's adopted grandmother, and Code of Vengeance.

Peterson is the mother of actress Glynnis O'Connor and Darren O'Connor (as well as three more sons, Kevin, Brian, and Sean) by her husband Daniel O'Connor, who is retired from NBC News.


  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/59/Lenka-Peterson.html
  2. ^ Robert Lewis (1996) [1984]. "Actors Studio, 1947". Slings and Arrows: Theater in My Life. New York: Applause Books. p. 183. ISBN 1-55783-244-7. At the end of the summer, on Gadget's return from Hollywood, we settled the roster of actors for our two classes in what we called the Actors Studio - using the word 'studio' as we had when we named our workshop in the Group, the Group Theatre Studio. Kazan's people met twice a week and included, among others, Julie Harris, Jocelyn Brando, Cloris Leachman, James Whitmore, Joan Copeland, Steven Hill, Lou Gilbert, Rudy Bond, Anne Hegira, Peg Hillias, Lenka Peterson, Edward Binns, and Tom Avera.  External link in |title= (help)

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