Peggy Ann Garner
|Peggy Ann Garner|
Peggy Ann Garner in Jane Eyre (1943)
February 3, 1932|
Canton, Ohio, US
|Died||October 16, 1984
Woodland Hills, California, US
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
|Occupation||Actress, Real estate agent, Fleet car executive|
|Spouse(s)||Kenyon Foster Brown (1964–div.1968)
Albert Salmi (1956–div.1963)
Richard Hayes (1951–div.1953)
|Children||Catherine Ann Salmi (1957-1995)|
Peggy Ann Garner (February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress.
As a child actress, Garner had her first film role in 1938. She won the Academy Juvenile Award for her work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).(Whether the award was given specifically for her work in that film is debatable. The Official Academy Awards Database lists the award as "outstanding child actress of 1945," without mentioning a specific film. The Inside Oscar reference book about Academy Awards refers to "Peggy Ann Garner of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Junior Miss" in citing the award.)
Featured roles in such films as Black Widow (1954) did not help to establish her in mature film roles, and although she progressed to theatrical work, she made relatively few acting appearances as an adult.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Peggy Ann Garner was the daughter of William H. Garner, an attorney, and Virginia Craig Garner. She was pushed by her mother into the limelight and entered in talent quests while still a child. Her parents divorced February 26, 1947.
Garner was a model for still photographers for two years before she began working in films.
By 1938, Garner had made her first film appearance, and over the next few years she appeared in several more films, including Jane Eyre (1943) and The Keys of the Kingdom (1944). She reached the height of her success at the age of 13 in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), winning an Academy Juvenile Award largely for this performance. In the same year she showed she could handle comedy by giving a fine performance in Junior Miss (1945).
Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles.
Radio and television
In the summer of 1960, costarred in The Unfamiliar on Producer's Choice, and she was cast as Julie in the episode "Stopover" of David McLean's NBC western series, Tate. In 1960 and again in 1962, she was cast in the episodes "Once Around the Circuit" and "Build My Gallows Low", respectively, of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, with Gardner McKay.
After Garner's film career ended, she ventured into stage acting and had some success but also worked as a real estate agent and fleet car executive between acting jobs in order to support herself. In 1978, she surprised film audiences after a decade away from any feature film when she appeared as the pregnant aunt of the bride 'Candice Ruteledge' in the critically acclaimed ensemble Robert Altman film, A Wedding (1978). (Garner had worked with Altman before; he directed a 1961 episode of Bonanza, "The Rival", in which she appeared as a girl being courted by Hoss Cartwright.) Her final screen performance was a small part in a 1980 made-for-television feature This Year's Blonde.
Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes February 22, 1951, and they divorced in 1953. She married the actor Albert Salmi on May 16, 1956, and they divorced on March 13, 1963. (Another source says that Garner and Salmi were married May 18, 1956.) Garner's final marriage was to Kenyon Foster Brown. After a few years, that marriage, too, ended in divorce. Her only child, Catherine Ann Salmi, died in 1995 at the age of 38 from heart disease.
Garner died from pancreatic cancer in 1984 at the age of 52. Garner's mother outlived both her only child and her only grandchild.
|1939||In Name Only||Ellen|
|1939||Blondie Brings Up Baby||Melinda Mason|
|1942||Pied Piper, TheThe Pied Piper||Sheila Cavanaugh|
|1943||Jane Eyre||Jane Eyre as a child|
|1944||Keys of the Kingdom, TheThe Keys of the Kingdom||Young Nora|
|1945||Tree Grows in Brooklyn, AA Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Francie|
|1945||Nob Hill||Katie Flanagan|
|1945||Junior Miss||Judy Graves|
|1946||Home Sweet Homicide||Dinah Carstairs|
|1947||Thunder in the Valley||Maggie Moore|
|1947||Daisy Kenyon||Rosamund O'Mara|
|1948||Sign of the Ram, TheThe Sign of the Ram||Christine St. Aubyn|
|1949||Bomba, the Jungle Boy||Patricia Harland|
|1949||Big Cat, TheThe Big Cat||Doris Cooper|
|1949||Lovable Cheat, TheThe Lovable Cheat||Julie Mercadet|
|1954||Black Widow||Nancy "Nanny" Ordway|
|1966||Cat, TheThe Cat||Susan Kilby|
|1978||Wedding, AA Wedding||Candice Ruteledge|
|1949||Ford Theatre||Beth March||"Little Women"|
|1950||Prudential Family Playhouse, TheThe Prudential Family Playhouse||Catherine Hilton||"Call It a Day"|
|1951||Two Girls Named Smith||Barbara "Babs" Smith||TV series|
|1952||Lux Video Theatre||Judy||"Salad Days"|
|1952||Robert Montgomery Presents||Claire Ambler||"Claire Ambler"|
|1952||Westinghouse Studio One||Honey Weber / Frances Weston||"Plan for Escape"|
|1954||Eight Witnesses||Helen Hildebrand||TV film|
|1955||Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of Broadway||Kaye Hamilton||"Stage Door"|
|1955||Climax!||Nora Wallen||"The First and the Last"|
|1955||Westinghouse Studio One||Jenny||"Strange Companion"|
|1955||Stage 7||Miranda Abbelard||"The Time of Day"|
|1957||Dupont Show of the Month, TheThe Dupont Show of the Month||Lena Anderson||"Beyond This Place"|
|1958||Kraft Television Theatre||Jane Bell||"The Velvet Trap"|
|1958||General Electric Theater||Janey||"The Unfamiliar"|
|1958||Westinghouse Studio One||Katey||"Man Under Glass"|
|1959||United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel Hour||Frances Barclay||"Wish on the Moon"|
|1959||Lineup, TheThe Lineup||Yvonne||"Thrills"|
|1960||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre||Sarah Malloy||"Deception"|
|1960||One Step Beyond||Laura Perkins||"Tonight at 12:17"|
|1960||Adventures in Paradise||Deborah Baxter||"Once Around the Circuit"|
|1961||Naked City||Edie Brewer||"Button in the Haystack"|
|1961||Bonanza||Cameo Johnson||"The Rival"|
|1962||Have Gun – Will Travel||Virginia "Ginger" Adams||"Dream Girl"|
|1962||Adventures in Paradise||Lorrie Hamilton||"Build My Gallows Low"|
|1962||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Madeline Drake||"Victim Four"|
|1962||Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables||Margaret Radick / Margaret Wilson||"Elegy"|
|1963||Alcoa Premiere||Bernice Meredith||"Impact of an Execution"|
|1963||Perry Mason||Letty Arthur||"The Case of Constant Doyle"|
|1963||Combat!||Nurse Lt. Amelia Marsh||"Off Limits"|
|1963||Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables||Barbara Sultan||"The Giant Killer"|
|1963||Patriots, TheThe Patriots||Patsy Jefferson Randolph||TV film|
|1964||Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour||Myra Hopp||"Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?"|
|1964||Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Anne Donfield||"The Project Strigas Affair"|
|1965||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Amanda Frank||"The Probe"|
|1967||Batman||Betsy Boldface||"Ring Around the Riddler"|
|1968||Big Valley, TheThe Big Valley||Mrs. Whittaker||"The Prize"|
|1978||Betrayal||Mrs. Carol Stockwood||TV film|
|1979||Lou Grant||Dixie Collins||"Kids"|
|1980||This Year's Blonde||Father's Wife (Stepmother)||TV film|
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- Grabman, Sandra. "Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner." Albany: BearManor Media, 2005. ISBN 1-59393-017-8.
- Grabman, Sandra. "Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story." Albany: BearManor Media. 2004. ISBN 1-59393-001-1. Second edition 2010, ISBN 1-59393-425-4.
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