Peggy Rea

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Peggy Rea

Character actress Peggy Rea, 89, known for her many roles in television series and a number of films, passed away at her home in Toluca Lake on February 5. She died of complications from congestive heart failure. Peggy was born in Los Angeles to her parents Jack and Ruth Rea on March 31, 1921.

Peggy began her television acting career in the 1960’s as a member of Red Skelton’s TV stock company. Among her recurring roles in television were as Olivia Walton’s cousin, Rose Burton, on The Waltons, as man chasing Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard, as Ivy Baker, the mother of Suzanne Somers’s character on Step by Step, and as Brett Butler’s mom, Jean Kelly, on Grace Under Fire. Peggy also appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Sergeant Bilko, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Ironside, Hunter, Marcus Welby, M.D., Burke’s Law and MacGyver.

Among her many film credits are: Cold Turkey (1971), In Country (1989), Love Field (1992) and Made in America (1993).

Interment will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 28, at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, located at 901 Channel Dr. in Santa Barbara in the Mausoleum on the Pines Courtyard.

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