Hollywood actress just announced dead after apparent stroke. Prayers for the family during this heartbreaking time!
She is a Welsh-born stage and film actress. Plus, she worked in Hollywood for just a few years but will always be considered a legend.
She was the lethal, beret-wearing robber in the noir classic “Gun Crazy.” And wonderful Peggy Cummins has died at age 92 according to reports.
Peggy retired from acting in the early 1960s but her legacy continues to live on. Reports state that she passed away on Friday in London.
It was her dear friend Dee Kirkwood that confirmed the news stating that Peggy’s cause of death was due to a stroke. When she was a young child she had already been a star.
She was a star in England, and was brought to the United States in 1945 before she was even 20 years old. Cummins was brought over by studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck.
Specifically, to play the title role in an adaptation of one of the decade’s raciest novels, “Forever Amber.” Apparently she was passed over by Linda Darnell, allegedly because she was too young.
It didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream as an actress though! Cummins was the perfect age for “Gun Crazy,” which came out in 1950. That’s the thing that really launched her career.
New York Times called the show “pretty cheap stuff,” the low-budget “Gun Crazy” was directed by Joseph H. Lewis and secretly co-written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo.
The story was a tale of sex and violence and of love destroyed by greed.
Cummins played Annie Laurie Starr, a sharpshooter in a traveling carnival who hooks up with a local marksman, Bart Tare, played by John Dall. Tare is an ex-reform school student who wants to go straight, but Starr shames (and seduces) him into a life of crime, telling him: “I want things, a lot of things, big things.” His reluctance to fire a gun is more than compensated by her willingness to kill anyone. (legacy)
“I told Peggy, ‘You’re a female dog in heat, and you want him. But don’t let him have it in a hurry. Keep him waiting,'” Lewis later explained.
She was truly one of a kind and she will be missed dearly.
Prayers for the family!