Peggy Thomas Blair
December 22, 1927
Appalachia, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||August 11, 1973 (aged 45)|
|Other names||Peggy Castle|
|Known for||Miss Cheesecake|
Revis T. Call
(m. 1945; div. 1950)
Robert H. Rains
(m. 1951; div. 1954)
(m. 1955; div. 1969)
Peggie Castle (December 22, 1927 – August 11, 1973) was an American actress who specialized in playing the "other woman" in B-movies. Castle was Miss Cheesecake in 1949.
Castle was born as Peggy Thomas Blair in Appalachia, Wise County, Virginia. She changed her last name "because there was another actress named Blair at the first studio in which she worked." Her father, Doyle H. Blair, was at one point "an industrial relations director for a large corporation" and later business manager for Donald O'Connor and studio manager for Goldwyn Studios. Her mother was Elizabeth Blair. She took lessons in drama when she was 8 years old.
Castle was discovered by a talent scout while eating in a restaurant in Beverly Hills. She was signed to a seven-year contract with Universal-International and made her film debut in the 1947 film When a Girl's Beautiful. In 1949, she was named "Miss Cheesecake" by the Southern California Restaurant Association. Later that year, the Junior Chamber of Commerce named Castle "Miss Three Alarm". She later appeared in the films Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949), Payment on Demand (1951), The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951) Invasion, U.S.A. (1952), 99 River Street (1953), Beginning of the End (1957) and Arrivederci Roma (1957). She often starred in Westerns, appearing in nearly a dozen between Wagons West (1952) and Hell's Crossroads (1957).
In the 1950s, Castle moved into television. She appeared in multiple guest roles on Fireside Theater, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Restless Gun. In 1957 she appeared as Amy Gordon on Cheyenne in the episode titled "The Spanish Grant." In 1957 she played defendant Sally Fenner in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Negligent Nymph." Also in 1957 she was a primary star on Gunsmoke, playing a forlorn “Nita Tucker” in the episode “Chester’s Murder” (S2E27).
From 1959 to 1962, she co-starred in the television western series Lawman — her first continuing series. Her role as saloon owner Lily Merrill brought out a new dimension of Castle's talent. She stated "For the first time in my life I'm a singer — that's the producer's opinion, not mine."
Her final onscreen role was a guest appearance in a 1966 episode of The Virginian.
In 1960, Castle and Peter Brown (who also was a regular in Lawman) traveled to rodeos, performing as a song-and-dance team. Castle stressed, "We're very careful not to sing any romantic songs," treating the act more like a brother-sister team. The duo's stops included St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Albuquerque.
- 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Castle was married four times. She married Revis T. Call, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, on August 19, 1945, in Los Angeles. Following that marriage, she began using Peggy Call as her professional name.: 8 They divorced in 1950. She married Universal publicist Robert H. Raines January 4, 1951. They divorced April 29, 1954.
On July 24, 1955, Castle married William McGarry, producer and director. They had a daughter, Erin McGarry. Castle divorced McGarry in 1969.
In 1971, Castle married Arthur Morganstern, her fourth husband. They remained married until Morganstern's death in April 1973.
Castle was an alcoholic. On August 11, 1973, her third husband, William McGarry found her body on the couch of her Hollywood apartment. Her death was later determined to be caused by cirrhosis.
This is a partial list of films.
|1947||When a Girl's Beautiful||"Koko" Glayde||Credited as Peggy Call|
|1951||The Prince Who Was a Thief||Princess Yasmin|
|1951||Payment on Demand||Diana Ramsey|
|1951||The Golden Horde||Lailee|
|1952||Invasion, U.S.A.||Carla Sanford|
|1952||Wagons West||Ann Wilkins|
|1953||I, the Jury||Charlotte Manning||Shown in 3-D|
|1953||99 River Street||Pauline Driscoll|
|1953||Cow Country||Melba Sykes|
|1954||The Yellow Tomahawk||Katherine|
|1954||The White Orchid||Kathryn Williams|
|1954||Overland Pacific||Ann Dennison|
|1954||The Long Wait||Venus|
|1954||Jesse James' Women||Waco Gans|
|1955||Finger Man||Gladys Baker|
|1955||Tall Man Riding||Reva|
|1955||Target Zero||Ann Galloway||Korean War UN worker|
|1956||Miracle in the Rain||Millie Kranz|
|1956||Quincannon, Frontier Scout||Lesley Selander|
|1957||Beginning of the End||Audrey Aimes|
|1957||The Counterfeit Plan||Carole Bernard|
|1958||Arrivederci Roma||Carol Ralston|
|1952–1954||Fireside Theater||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1956||The Millionaire||Candy Caldwell||Episode: "The Candy Caldwell Story"|
|1956||Four Star Playhouse||Molly Barry||Episode: "Success Story"|
|1956||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater||Jenny||Episode: "A Quiet Sunday in San Ardo"|
|1956||Cheyenne||Mississippi||Episode: "Fury at Rio Hondo"|
|1957||Conflict||Lila Prescott||Episode: "The Money"|
|1957||Gunsmoke||Nita Tucker||Episode: "Chester's Murder"|
|1957||Perry Mason||Sally Fenner||Episode: "The Case of the Negligent Nymph"|
|1958||The Restless Gun||Amity Hobbs||Episode "Hornitas Town"|
|1958||The Texan||Charlotta Rivera||Episode: "The First Notch"|
|1958||77 Sunset Strip||Valerie Stacey||Episode: "The Well-Selected Frame"|
|1959||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Joan Barry||Episode: "The Big Drop"|
|1959||The Restless Gun||Episode: "Lady by Law"|
|1959||Markham||Ann Jennings||Episode: "Deadline Date"|
|1959–1962||Lawman||Lily Merrill||105 episodes|
|1966||The Virginian||Melissa||Episode: "Morgan Starr"|
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- Wagner, Laura (July 2020). "Peggie Castle". Classic Images (541): 6, 8–15, 58–60.
- Anderson, Robert (November 7, 1959). "Showdown in Laramie!". Chicago Tribune. p. 25. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
- "Spillane Thriller On Lowe Screen". The Post-Standard. September 9, 1953. p. 14. Retrieved September 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Aaker, Everett (May 25, 2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 88–90. ISBN 978-1-4766-6250-3. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
- Yarbrough, Gloria (September 3, 1949). "Hollywood News". The Indiana Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved September 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lily of 'Lawman' Began on Radio". Express and News. June 24, 1961. p. 7. Retrieved September 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Zylstra, Freida (July 23, 1950). "Star of the Week". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C7.
- "Hollywood Star Walk". latimes.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 472.
- "Peter Brown, Peggy Castle on Rodeo Circuit". The Daily Register. June 20, 1960. p. 5. Retrieved September 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Peggie Castle". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved September 18, 2015.(This source lists the address as 6266 Hollywood Boulevard.)
- "Peggy Castle Granted Divorce From Raines". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 30, 1954. p. 30. Retrieved September 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Burroughs Hannsberry, Karen (2009). Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film. McFarland. pp. 44, 49. ISBN 978-0-786-44682-7.
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- Brode, Douglas; Parker, Fess (October 19, 2009). Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors (1946-present). University of Texas Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-292-71849-4.
- "Actress Peggie Castle Dies at 45". The Milwaukee Journal. August 12, 1973. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2013.