TV actress Peggy Rea dies

peggy-reaImage Credit: Everett CollectionPeggy Rea, the plumpish actress who routinely played sunny supporting characters with names like Lulu, Bertha, and Bessie on hit television shows, died of heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., on Saturday, according to the New York Times. She was 89. Rea might be best known for playing Boss Hogg’s wife on The Dukes of Hazzard, but she also played pivotal characters on The Waltons and Grace Under Fire.

Born and raised in California, Rea came to New York to act on the stage, landing Broadway roles in a 1950 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and the Cole Porter musical Out of This World. She transitioned into television, with her first appearance on an episode of I Love Lucy, and later appeared in popular shows, such as Gunsmoke, All in the Family, and Step by Step.

Comments (24 total) Add your comment
Page:
  • sunnyd

    Why does it matter that she was “plumpish”? Even if her weight contributed to her death, it’s just rude and unneccesary to continue pointing out that she had weight issues after she’s died. Everyone needs to stop treating overweight people like second-class citizens!

    • whatevs

      I don’t think he meant it as an insult. Maybe her figure was part of her image. Besides, at the rate our country is going, the second class citizens will be the thin people, so don’t worry (I’m assuming you’re overweight).

      • Lisa

        @whatevs – “(I’m assuming you’re overweight.)” Other possibility, just not a jerk making off based assumptions like you. I don’t understand why everyone assumes a thin person wouldn’t possibly have issues with comments about weight.

      • whatevs

        A thin person doesn’t think every fathomable comment about a person’s size means that overweight people are treated like second class citizens. Only overweight people read that much into a neutral comment. That’s why I say that.

        You’re no better than me, by the way, for calling me a jerk. Be a bigger person if you think you’re so much better.

      • LoveBug68

        So Whatevs – does that mean a white person cannot be offended by a racist comment against a black person or that a straight person can’t be offended about a negative comment to a gay person? Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

      • Dan

        Hey people, chill out. The woman was 89 years old so the fact she was “plumpish” didn’t really contribute to an early death.

    • Ricky

      They mention her weight because it was a noted part of her acting. Go back and watch a few things she did and you’ll see that.

  • Brett

    She was funny on Grace Under Fire as Grace’s mother in law, Jean Kelly

  • Nancy

    She was something else on Dukes of Hazzard. Loved her :) RIP Ms. Rea.

  • harry

    Thank you for the Memories Peggy Rea!

  • claudenorth

    These are the real stars — the actors and actresses who give depth and texture to films and television.

  • Sugar

    Whoever said she was overweight can kiss my damn ass!

    • James

      She WAS overweight. Now bend over.

  • Eric

    Cant believe all this %*&& folks are posting about her weight. Not sure about her, but Sorrel (Boss Hogg) wore a fat suit on the show. She may have had one too- as she didnt look as heavy on later shows like Grace

  • Stephanie T.

    Uhm. She was 89. Weight was not the only factor. Funny. When she was on Step by Step and Grace, she looked at least 60ish. A funny and talented actress, and she will be missed.

    • Alec

      If she would’ve dropped that weight, we might still have her.

  • Apostate

    Rest in peace,Peggy.

  • Al

    I’ve been seeing Mrs. Rea on reruns of “The Waltons” lately and decided to Google her. I was saddened to see that she passed away earlier this year. I always liked her in “The Waltons” and on other shows I would sometimes see her in. She always reminded me of my high school girlfriend’s mom, a lady I am still close to over 30 years later. It’s sad that she had no immediate family. Did she ever marry or have children? Mrs. Peggy, you were a talented actress. May you rest in peace.

  • walt

    I remember Peggy from the early”I Love Lucy” shows, she always had a great smile. She reminded me of a lady next door to us when I growing up in Pittsburgh. I watch re-runs of Lucy and the Waltons and she always makes me smile. rest in peace Peggy.

  • Romby

    There is a criictal shortage of informative articles like this.

    • Evgeni

      I’ve had problems every time I use my small pracmahy. In fact I use two and every time they are out, not only of Cellcept but also Ciclosporin. My nearest independent pracmahy promise to deliver but never do and I have to pop in whenever I am passing to see if my prescription has been filled.I sometimes use ABC pracmahy and although they are often out of the drugs they do deliver within a week to my flat which is great. They also offer a service to pick up my prescriptions from my Doctors too which saves me some time.I always get a prescription filled at the hospital whenever I have an appointment there so I usually have more than I need just in case.Any body know the maximum amount we can order from our G.P.s in one go?D x

  • tresorparis

    You¡­are¡­amazing! This weblog is so great. I really hope a lot more people read this and get what you are saying, ¡¯cause let me tell you, it¡¯s critical stuff. I never would have thought about it this way unless I would run into your web site. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you¡¯ve excellent achievement.

  • ralphlaurenpolo

    Interesting post and view, hope to hear more what the future holds THANKS Great post. Probably saved thousands of hours between everybody here. For me,this clearly is a heads up on which methods to focus on to maximise my online success . I¡¯ll start concentrating on your other articles instead. Really great advice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Increase your social presence easy & fast for FREE!

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have introduced for your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are too brief for beginners. May you please prolong them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

Page:
Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP