Born Margaret Josephine Varnadow, her family subsequently settled in Louisiana, where she attended college (both Louisiana State and Northwestern State University), majoring in drama and appearing in several college plays.
After brief modeling and radio experience, Dow was spotted by a talent agent and cast in a TV show in February 1949. Shortly after that exposure, Universal offered her a seven-year contract. After an early TV appearance, she made nine films, most notably as Nurse Kelly in Harvey in 1950, starring James Stewart.
She retired after three years in the business to marry Walter Helmerich in 1951, an oil driller, relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had five sons.
- Undertow (1949)
- Woman in Hiding (1950)
- 'Shakedown (1950)
- The Sleeping City (1950)
- Harvey (1950)
- Bright Victory (1951)
- You Never Can Tell (1951)
- Reunion in Reno (1951)
- I Want You (1951)
- Peggy Dow at the Internet Movie Database
- Peggy Dow at the American Film Institute
- Peggy Dow on the cover of Life magazine; August 7 1950 issue
- Radio interview with Peggy Dow Voices of Oklahoma
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