Peggie Castle

Peggie Castle (December 22, 1927 August 11, 1973) was an American actress who specialized in playing the "other woman" in B-movies. She was also billed under the names Peggy Castle and Peggie Call.

Peggie Castle
Actress Peggie Castle
Peggy Blair

(1927-12-22)December 22, 1927
DiedAugust 11, 1973(1973-08-11) (aged 45)
Other namesPeggy Castle
Peggie Call
Revis Call
(m. 1945; div. 1950)

Robert H. Rains
(m. 1951; div. 1954)

William McGarry
(m. 1955; div. 1969)
(1 child)
Arthur Morganstern (m. 19711973)
(his death)

Early years

Castle was born Peggy Blair in Appalachia, Wise County, Virginia. She changed her last name "because there was another actress named Blair at the first studio in which she worked."[2] Her father, Doyle H. Blair,[2] was at one point "an industrial relations director for a large corporation"[3] and later business manager for Donald O'Connor.[2] She took lessons in drama when she was 8 years old.[2] She attended Mills College[4] for two years.[5]


Castle's first work as an actress came in the soap opera Today's Children. Then a spot on Radio Theatre in 1947 brought her a screen test offer from 20th Century Fox.[5]


Castle was discovered by a talent scout while eating in a restaurant in Beverly Hills. She was signed to a seven-year contract with Universal-International and made her film debut in the 1947 film When a Girl's Beautiful. In 1949, she was named "Miss Cheesecake" by the Southern California Restaurant Association. Later that year, the Junior Chamber of Commerce named Castle "Miss Three Alarm".[6][7] She later appeared in such films as Payment on Demand (1951), The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951) Invasion U.S.A. (1952), 99 River Street (1953), Beginning of the End (1957) and Arrivederci Roma (1957).


In the 1950s, Castle moved into television. She appeared in multiple guest roles on Fireside Theater, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Restless Gun. In 1957 she appeared as Amy Gordon on Cheyenne in the episode titled "The Spanish Grant." In 1957 she played defendant Sally Fenner in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Negligent Nymph."

From 1959 to 1962, she co-starred in the television western series Lawman — her first continuing series.[2] Her role as saloon owner Lily Merrill[8] brought out a new dimension of Castle's talent. She stated "For the first time in my life I'm a singer — that's the producer's opinion, not mine."[2]

Her final onscreen role was a guest appearance in a 1966 episode of The Virginian.

Personal appearances

In 1960, Castle and Peter Brown (who also was a regular in Lawman) traveled to rodeos, performing as a song-and-dance team. Castle stressed, "We're very careful not to sing any romantic songs," treating the act more like a brother-sister team.[9] The duo's stops included St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Albuquerque.[9]

Personal life

Castle was married four times. Her first marriage was to Revis Call. They married in 1945 and divorced in 1950.[6] She married Universal publicist Robert H. Raines January 4, 1951. They divorced April 29, 1954.[10] Her third marriage was to producer/director William McGarry in 1955. They had a daughter, Erin, before divorcing in 1969.[11] Castle's fourth and final marriage was to Arthur Morganstern in 1971. They remained married until Morganstern's death in April 1973.


For her contribution to the television industry, Peggie Castle has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard.[7] It was dedicated February 8, 1960. (This source lists the address as 6266 Hollywood Boulevard.)[12]


In her later years, Castle developed alcoholism.[13] On August 11, 1973, her third husband, William McGarry found her body on the couch of her Hollywood apartment. Her death was later determined to be caused by cirrhosis.[14]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1947 When a Girl's Beautiful "Koko" Glayde Credited as Peggy Call
1950 Buccaneer's Girl Cleo 1951
1951 Payment on Demand Diana Ramsey
1951 Air Cadet Pat
1951 The Golden Horde Lailee
1952 Invasion U.S.A. Carla Sanford
1952 Wagons West Ann Wilkins
1953 I, the Jury Charlotte Manning Shown in 3-D[3]
1953 99 River Street Pauline Driscoll
1953 Cow Country Melba Sykes
1954 The Yellow Tomahawk Katherine
1954 The White Orchid Kathryn Williams
1954 Overland Pacific Ann Dennison
1954 The Long Wait Venus
1954 Jesse James' Women Waco Gans
1955 Finger Man Gladys Baker
1955 Tall Man Riding Reva
1955 Target Zero Ann Galloway Korean War UN worker
1956 Miracle in the Rain Millie Kranz
1956 Quincannon, Frontier Scout Lesley Selander
1957 Beginning of the End Audrey Aimes
1957 The Counterfeit Plan Carole Bernard
1958 Arrivederci Roma Carol Ralston
Year Title Role Notes
1952–1954 Fireside Theater Various roles 3 episodes
1956 The Millionaire Candy Caldwell Episode: "The Candy Caldwell Story"
1956 Four Star Playhouse Molly Barry Episode: "Success Story"
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Jenny Episode: "A Quiet Sunday in San Ardo"
1956 Cheyenne Mississippi Episode: "Fury at Rio Hondo"
1957 Conflict Lila Prescott Episode: "The Money"
1957 Gunsmoke Nita Tucker Episode: "Chester's Murder"
1957 Perry Mason Sally Fenner Episode: "The Case of the Negligent Nymph"
1958 The Texan Charlotta Rivera Episode: "The First Notch"
1958 77 Sunset Strip Valerie Stacey Episode: "The Well-Selected Frame"
1959 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Joan Barry Episode: "The Big Drop"
1959 Markham Ann Jennings Episode: "Deadline Date"
1959–1962 Lawman Lily Merrill 105 episodes
1966 The Virginian Melissa Episode: "Morgan Starr"


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  2. Anderson, Robert (November 7, 1959). "Showdown in Laramie!". Chicago Tribune. p. 25. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. "Spillane Thriller On Lowe Screen". The Post-Standard. September 9, 1953. p. 14. Retrieved September 18, 2015 via
  4. Yarbrough, Gloria (September 3, 1949). "Hollywood News". The Indiana Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved September 18, 2015 via
  5. "Lily of 'Lawman' Began on Radio". Express and News. June 24, 1961. p. 7. Retrieved September 18, 2015 via
  6. Zylstra, Freida (July 23, 1950). "Star of the Week". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C7.
  7. "Hollywood Star Walk". Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  8. McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 472.
  9. "Peter Brown, Peggy Castle on Rodeo Circuit". The Daily Register. June 20, 1960. p. 5. Retrieved September 18, 2015 via
  10. "Peggy Castle Granted Divorce From Raines". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 30, 1954. p. 30. Retrieved September 18, 2015 via
  11. Burroughs Hannsberry, Karen (2009). Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film. McFarland. pp. 44, 49. ISBN 0-786-44682-X.
  12. "Peggie Castle". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  13. Brode, Douglas; Parker, Fess (October 19, 2009). Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors (1946-present). University of Texas Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-292-71849-7.
  14. "Actress Peggie Castle Dies at 45". The Milwaukee Journal. August 12, 1973. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
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