Peggy Moran

Peggy Moran (born Mary Jeanette Moran, October 23, 1918 October 24, 2002) was an American film actress who appeared in films between 1938 and 1943.

Peggy Moran
Mary Jeanette Moran

(1918-10-23)October 23, 1918
DiedOctober 24, 2002(2002-10-24) (aged 84)
Years active19381943
Spouse(s)Henry Koster (19421988; his death; 2 children)
ChildrenNicolas Koster (b. 1942)
Peter Koster

Early years

Born in Clinton, Iowa, Moran was the daughter of Earl Moran, an artist who specialized in pin-ups for calendars and magazines. Her mother was a dancer before marriage, giving up her career for her family.[1] She and her mother moved west after Moran's 1937 high school graduation.[2]


Moran's film career began at Warner Bros. in the late 1930s.[3] She starred in a number of B movies, including The Mummy's Hand (1940), Slightly Tempted (1940), Horror Island (1941), Treat 'Em Rough (1942), and King of the Cowboys (1943), and played smaller parts in A pictures, such as the "first cigarette girl" in Ninotchka (1939). After marrying director Henry Koster on October 30, 1942,[2] a bust of Moran was featured in every picture her husband directed. After her marriage, Moran retired from acting and appeared in only one other film; a documentary made in 2000.[4]

Personal life

Koster and Moran had two sons. After Koster retired in 1966, the couple traveled extensively until his death in 1988.[5]


On October 24, 2002, only one day after her 84th birthday, Moran died of complications from injuries she had suffered in a car accident on August 26, 2002. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea. [6]


Year Title Role Notes
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris Golddigger Alternative title: The Gay Impostors
Boy Meets Girl New York operator Uncredited
Secrets of an Actress Actress Waiting to See Carstairs Uncredited
Campus Cinderella Co-Ed Uncredited
Girls' School Myra
The Sisters Girl Uncredited
1939 Rhythm of the Saddle Maurine McClune
King of the Underworld Young Man's Wife Scenes deleted
Zenobia Party Guest Uncredited
Alternative title: Elephants Never Forget
Winter Carnival Viola
Ninotchka First Cigarette Girl Uncredited
Little Accident Tall Girl Uncredited
First Love Girl at School Uncredited
The Big Guy Joan Lawson Alternative title: Warden of the Big House
1940 West of Carson City Millie Harkins
Oh Johnny, How You Can Love Kelly Archer
Danger on Wheels Pat O'Shea
Alias the Deacon Phyllis Alternative title: The Hillbilly Deacon
Hot Steel Babe Morrison
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby Linda Carroll
Argentine Nights Peggy
The Mummy's Hand Marta Solvani
Spring Parade Irene
Slightly Tempted Judy Ross
One Night in the Tropics Mickey Fitzgerald
Trail of the Vigilantes Barbara Thornton
1941 Double Date Penny Kirkland
Horror Island Wendy Creighton
Hello, Sucker Rosalie Watson
Flying Cadets Kitty Randall
1942 Treat 'Em Rough Betty Newman
There's One Born Every Minute Helen Barbara Twine
Drums of the Congo Enid Waldron
The Mummy's Tomb Uncredited
Seven Sweethearts Albert "Al" Van Maaster Alternative title: Tulip Time
1943 King of the Cowboys Judy Mason


  1. Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1940s. McFarland. pp. 37–47. ISBN 9780786423354. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. Feramisco, Thomas M. (2003). The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universal's Cutting Room Floor. McFarland. pp. 149–150. ISBN 9780786437344. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. Lentz, Harris M. III (2003). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786452071. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. "Peggy Moran". 2002-10-29. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  5. Vallance, Tom (2002-11-04). "Peggy Moran". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  6. Oliver, Myrna (2002-10-31). "Peggy Moran, 84; Horror Film Scream Queen". Retrieved 2009-02-26.

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