Peggy Wood

Peggy Wood (February 9, 1892 – March 18, 1978) was an American actress of stage, film and television. She was born Mary Margaret Wood in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Eugene Wood, a journalist, and Mary Gardner, a telegraph operator. She was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Wood spent nearly fifty years on the stage, beginning in the chorus and becoming known as a Broadway singer and star. She made her stage debut in 1910, as part of the chorus for Naughty Marietta. In 1917, she appeared in Maytime, in which she introduced the song "Will You Remember". She starred in several other musicals before playing the role of Portia in a 1928 production of The Merchant of Venice. From the late 1920s thru the 1930s, Wood had lead roles in musicals staged in London and New York. She was a member of the Algonquin Round Table. In 1941, she starred in the New York premiere of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, in which she portrayed Ruth Condomine, whose husband is tormented by the ghost of his deceased first wife. Wood did not star in many films. Her few film appearances include co-starring opposite Will Rogers in Handy Andy. She also appeared in the film Jalna.


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