Peggy Knudsen

About Peggy Knudsen

Who is it?: Actress
Birth Day: April 22, 1923
Birth Place:  Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Cause of death: Cancer
Years active: 1940–1965
Spouse(s): Adrian P. Samish (1942–1946; divorced) Jim Jordan (1949–1960; divorced) Francis S. Kellstrom (1962–1962; divorced)
Children: 3

Peggy Knudsen

Peggy Knudsen was born on April 22, 1923 in  Duluth, Minnesota, United States, is Actress. A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays. Her mother consequently moved the family to Chicago, where Peggy got her start on the CBS daytime radio drama "The Woman in White". Aged nineteen, she then made her way to Broadway to debut in a small part in "My Sister Eileen", as replacement for Jo Ann Sayers. Movies eventually beckoned, and, in 1945, Peggy was signed by Warner Brothers after being 'spotted' at the Stage Door Canteen. The studio publicity machine promptly heralded her arrival by nicknaming her "the lure". Peggy's first significant role, though small, was the integral part of tough girl Mona Mars in the film noir classic The Big Sleep (1946), for which she received good critical notices. She was then cast in support of Errol Flynn in Never Say Goodbye (1946) and John Garfield in Humoresque (1946).Despite these A-grade films, her subsequent career turned out to be somewhat desultory. Warners had a not undeserved reputation for often failing to effectively cast (rather than typecast) their starlets. With Peggy, they missed the boat altogether. In the absence of suitable vehicles, she was first relegated to playing one-dimensional hard-boiled toughs or the proverbial 'other woman', then loaned out. With Sol M. Wurtzel's B-unit at 20th Century Fox (and, subsequently, at Monogram) she fared rather better, finally getting to play leads. However, her films, -- Roses Are Red (1947), Trouble Preferred (1948), Perilous Waters (1948) and Half Past Midnight (1948) -- were little seen low budget affairs. Unsurprisingly, Peggy turned towards television, becoming a prolific guest star on such prime time shows as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952),Perry Mason (1957) and Bat Masterson (1958). A projected co-starring role in a 1962 sitcom, entitled "Howie", never came to pass, as CBS refused to acquire the pilot episode. Nonetheless, for her contribution to TV, Peggy was awarded a Star on the 'Walk of Fame' on Hollywood Boulevard in 1960, perhaps scant consolation for missing out on stardom. A debilitating affliction with arthritis brought about her premature retirement from acting in 1965. She spent much of her sadly few remaining years cared for by her close friend, the actress Jennifer Jones, who also reputedly paid for her medical expenses. Peggy died in July 1980, aged 57.
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As per our current Database, Peggy Knudsen has been died on July 11, 1980(1980-07-11) (aged 57)\nEncino, California, U.S..

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When Peggy Knudsen die, Peggy Knudsen was 57 years old.

Popular As Peggy Knudsen
Occupation Actress
Age 57 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 22, 1923 ( Duluth, Minnesota, United States)
Birthday April 22
Town/City  Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Nationality United States

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Knudsen made her Broadway debut in My Sister Eileen (1940). She replaced Jo Ann Sayers, who had originated the role of a girl who couldn't decide whether to be an Actress or get married. Finding herself in that situation in real life, Sayers married a naval officer. The show's Producer saw Knudsen working in a stage door canteen and chose her to take over the role.


Knudsen's first marriage was to Adrian Samish, a radio executive. The two eloped after Knudsen's June 8, 1942, performance in My Sister Eileen and went to Media, Pennsylvania, to marry. On June 15, 1949, Knudsen married Jim Jordan. Jr. in Los Angeles, California. They had three daughters together. Jordan was the son of Jim and Marian Jordan, better known as Fibber McGee and Molly. On February 12, 1962, Knudsen married Francis S. Kellstrom, an electrical contractor. They separated that July and were divorced October 22, 1962.


In 1948, Knudsen ventured into a different genre of film, doing comedy instead of drama and leaving Warner Bros. to do freelance work. She also took vocal lessons from Kay Thompson.


In the 1950s and 1960s, Knudsen appeared in guest-starring roles on several television shows. She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1958-1959; one as Sheila Bowers in "The Case of the Gilded Lily," and Marie Chapman in "The Case of the Spurious Sister." Other television appearances included Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Millionaire, Tombstone Territory, and Pete and Gladys. After appearing in an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet in 1965, Knudsen retired from acting.


Knudsen played April Adams in the comedy So This Is Hollywood on NBC (1955). She also had roles in pilots for two programs – Do Not Disturb and Howie – that did not develop into series.


Despite appearing in big budget features with established stars, Knudsen's career never took off and she was relegated to smaller roles in B movies. Her last film role was in the 1957 film Istanbul with Errol Flynn.


On July 11, 1980, Knudsen died of cancer in Encino, California.

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