Peggy Allenby

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Peggy Allenby
Born Eleanor Byrne Fox
(1901-02-14)February 14, 1901
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died March 23, 1966(1966-03-23) (aged 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Occupation Actress

Robert Armstrong (m. 1920-1925; divorced)

John McGovern (January 22, 1932 – March 23, 1966; her death); 2 children

Peggy Allenby (February 14, 1901 – March 23, 1966) was an American silent film (The Man Who Came Back, 1922), television, and radio actress.

Early life[edit]

Allenby was born in New York City and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart.[1] She entered theatrical work in Nashville.[2]



Allenby may be best known for her role as "Mattie Lane Grimsley" on the CBS-TV soap opera Edge of Night. Peggy Allenby was in the show's cast from 1956-66. She also appeared on Cosmopolitan Theater (1951), The Philco Television Playhouse (1951), First Love (1954), Studio One (1954) and The United States Steel Hour (1959).


From 1930 to 1950, her voice was a part of such radio broadcasts as Second Husband, Young Doctor Malone,[3] David Harum and Road of Life. She had the role of Mrs. Brown, mother of the title character on the comedy serial Claudia, based on the character created by author Rose Franken,[1] and she played the mother in The Nichols Family.[4] Allenby had the title role in Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries.[5]


On stage she played the role of the wife of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. She appeared in The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden on Broadway.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

Allenby was married to actors John McGovern and Robert Armstrong. Her marriage with Armstrong produced two children, John Jr. and Eleanor.[2] She died in 1966 in Park West Hospital after a short illness, aged 65.


  1. ^ a b "Mother Role". The News-Palladium. October 1, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved March 20, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Deertrees Leading Lady 'Names' Son, Daughter For Her Radio Programs". Portland Press Herald. July 29, 1949. p. 7. Retrieved March 20, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "'By Kathleen Norris' Series Features Peggy Allenby". Harrisburg Telegraph. September 20, 1941. p. 25. Retrieved March 20, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Lesser, Jerry (February 14, 1942). "Radio Talent: New York" (PDF). Billboard. p. 7. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bits Of Gossip On The Ether ..". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. September 12, 1937. p. 28. Retrieved April 23, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  • Los Angeles Times, Heiress-Apparent to Play Laurels, October 12, 1922, Page 19.
  • New York Times, Peggy Allenby, 65, of Edge of Night, March 25, 1966, Page 41.

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