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Peggy Ann Garner
American actress

Peggy Ann Garner

Peggy Ann Garner
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Intro American actress
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Model Child actor
From United States of America
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 3 February 1932, Canton, Stark County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 October 1984, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA (aged 52 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Spouse: Albert Salmi (1956-1963)
University High School
Academy Juvenile Award 1946
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame  
Peggy Ann Garner
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Peggy Ann Garner (February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American child actress.

As a child actress, Garner had her first film role in 1938. At the 18th Academy Awards, Garner won the Academy Juvenile Award, recognizing her body of contributions to film in 1945, particularly in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Junior Miss.

Featured roles in such films as Black Widow (1954) did not help to establish her in mature film roles, although she progressed to theatrical work and she made acting appearances on television as an adult.

In the mid-1940s, as a promotional trailer to the popular Christmas holiday movie Miracle on 34th Street Garner appeared as herself on a studio lot accompanied by other young performers.

In 1961 she starred next to Richard Boone in the episode Dream Girl on Have Gun - Will Travel.

Early years

Peggy Ann Garner was born on February 3, 1932, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. She was the daughter of 26-year-old William H. Garner, an attorney, and 19-year-old Virginia Craig Garner; they were married in Toledo, Ohio on April 7, 1931. She was pushed by her mother into the limelight and entered in talent quests while still a child. Her parents divorced on February 26, 1947.

Garner was a child model for still photographers for two years before she began working in films in 1938.


Peggy Ann Garner
James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

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 12 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 (also 1945).

Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles.

Peggy Ann Garner
Garner with Frank Sinatra, 1946


In 1949, Garner starred in Peg O' My Heart at the Famous Artists Playhouse in Fayetteville, New York. In 1954, she toured with a troupe in several states, performing in The Moon Is Blue. Garner headlined the national tour of the William Inge hit Broadway play Bus Stop beginning in 1955. She starred with Albert Salmi, who later became her husband. Garner also appeared with Dick York in the touring production.

Garner's Broadway credits include Home Is the Hero, First Lady, The Royal Family, and The Man.

Radio and television

In 1950, Garner starred as Esther Smith in the radio comedy Meet Me in St. Louis. The program ran two months on NBC.

Garner was a panelist in two television programs, Leave It to the Girls on ABC and NBC and Who Said That? on NBC. In 1951, she starred in the comedy Two Girls Named Smith on ABC.

In summer 1960, she appeared in "The Unfamiliar," an episode of Producer's Choice, and she was cast as Julie in the episode "Stopover" of David McLean's 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, on the ABC series Adventures in Paradise, with Gardner McKay. During the early 1960s she also appeared in one episode each of Bonanza ("The Rival") and Combat!, both under director Robert Altman (see next section).

Later years

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. After a decade away from work in feature films, she appeared as the pregnant aunt in the critically acclaimed film, A Wedding (1978), directed by Robert Altman, whom she had worked with on television in the early 1960s. Her final screen performance was a small part in a made-for-television feature This Year's Blonde (1980).

Personal life and death

Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes on February 22, 1951; the couple divorced in 1953. She then married actor Albert Salmi on May 16, 1956; 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 also ended in divorce.

In 1984, at age 52, Garner died from pancreatic cancer in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles. Her only child, Catherine Ann Salmi, died of heart disease on May 17, 1995. She was 38 years old. Peggy's mother, Virginia, outlived both her only child and only grandchild.



Year Title Role Notes
1939 Little Miss Thoroughbred Praying Orphan Uncredited
1939 In Name Only Ellen
1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby Melinda Mason
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois Little Girl Uncredited
1940 Eagle Squadron Child
1942 The Pied Piper Sheila Cavanaugh
1943 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre as a child
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom Young Nora
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Francie Nolan Academy Juvenile Award
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 The Sign of the Ram Christine St. Aubyn
1949 Bomba, the Jungle Boy Patricia Harland
1949 The Big Cat Doris Cooper
1949 The Lovable Cheat Julie Mercadet
1951 Teresa Susan Cass
1954 Black Widow Nancy "Nanny" Ordway
1966 The Cat Susan Kilby
1978 A Wedding Candice Ruteledge


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Ford Theatre Beth March "Little Women"
1950 The 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 movie
1955 The 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 The 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 The United States Steel Hour Frances Barclay "Wish on the Moon"
1959 The Lineup Yvonne "Thrills"
1960 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Sarah Malloy "Deception"
1960 Tate Julie "Stopover"
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 The 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 The Untouchables Barbara Sultan "The Giant Killer"
1963 The Patriots Patsy Jefferson Randolph TV movie
1964 The Eleventh Hour Myra Hopp "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?"
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Anne Donfield "The Project Strigas Affair"
1965 The Outer Limits Amanda Frank "The Probe"
1967 Batman Betsy Boldface "Ring Around the Riddler"
1968 The Big Valley Mrs. Whittaker "The Prize"
1978 Betrayal Mrs. Carol Stockwood TV movie
1979 Lou Grant Dixie Collins "Kids"
1980 This Year's Blonde Father's Wife (Stepmother) TV movie (final appearance)
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