Peggy Stewart death: American actress dies at 95.
Peggy Stewart, a Valencia resident and American actress known for her roles in Western B movies, died last Wednesday morning at the age of 95.
Stewart, born Peggy O’Rourke, was born on June 5, 1923, and today would be her 96th birthday. During her film career, she starred in more than 130 films and shows, including 30 films for Republic Pictures, was inducted into the Newhall Walk of Western Stars in 2002 and continued acting until as recently as 2014.
“I’d known her personally for a few years now, but I used to watch all those Western movies when I was a kid — she was in everything,” said Bruce Fortine, former president of the Santa Clarita Community College District’s board of trustees. “She was the nicest, sweetest lady you would ever want to meet. At her age, she still had such a sharp mind that she remembered everything as it should be remembered and had a million stories to tell. She was very entertaining and could tell you stories that no one else could.”
Stewart moved to California in the 1930s, when she met actor Henry O’Neill, who recommended her to Paramount Pictures executives looking for a new actress for the part of Joel McCrea’s and Frances Dee’s teenage daughter in the film “Wells Fargo,” according to SCVHistory.com.
Her work in that film in 1937 led to numerous other roles, and by 1940, she was established in Hollywood. It didn’t take her long to sign with Republic Studios, where she became a leading lady for many Western films, according to SCVHistory.com.