Peggy Rea

Peggy Rea

Highest Rated: 86% 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

Lowest Rated: 31% Made in America (1993)

Birthday: Mar 31, 1921

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Character actress Peggy Rea's career started with a relatively minor recurring role on the classic sitcom "I Love Lucy." She landed the part while working as a secretary for CBS radio, setting the tone for the rest of her television career playing heavy-set, motherly, sometimes domineering parts. Before her television debut on "I Love Lucy," and after she quit her job at CBS to pursue acting, Rea appeared in the Cole Porter Broadway musical "Out of this World" and, along with actor Anthony Quinn, toured in a national road company production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." After making several one-off, recurring appearances on a variety of sitcoms throughout the 1960s and '70s, including three episodes of "All in the Family" as Cousin Bertha, she joined the cast of "The Waltons" as cousin Rose Burton, who moves in to take care of the Walton children after John-Boy joins the military and his wife Olivia subsequently volunteers at the VA hospital. A year after she stepped into that role, Rea joined the cast of "The Dukes of Hazzard" as patriarch Boss Hogg's wife, Lulu, a food enthusiast who often challenged her husband's authority. In the 1990s, Rea had two major recurring roles on family-based sitcoms that would be the last ones in her career. The first was on "Step by Step" as the no-nonsense mother of Suzanne Somers's character, and the second was as the ex-mother-in-law of Brett Butler's character on "Grace Under Fire."

Highest rated movies

7 Faces of Dr. Lao
The Learning Tree
In Country
What's the Matter With Helen?
Love Field
Made in America

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kansas Unknown (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing but the Truth Flora (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Rose (Character) - 1993
31% 30% Made in America Alberta (Character) $41.8M 1993
40% 56% Love Field Mrs. Heisenbuttel (Character) $519.2K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angel of Death Marci (Character) - 1990
68% 36% In Country Mamaw (Character) $3.3M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promise Him Anything Mother (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsport Mrs. Birdsong (Character) - 1973
55% 41% What's the Matter With Helen? Mrs. Schultz (Character) - 1971
75% 89% The Learning Tree Miss McClintock (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 39% Strange Bedfellows Mavis Masters (Character) - 1965
86% 78% 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Mrs. Peter Ramsey (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Grace Under Fire Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1993 1995-1998
No Score Yet 87% The Golden Girls Mrs. Contini (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 67% The Dukes of Hazzard Lulu Hogg (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1979-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1981
No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 91% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1971 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Barbara (Guest Star) 1968 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1973
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Miss Rykof (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Mrs. Roniger (Guest Star) 1963 1967 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Guest 1971
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
71% 87% The Good Guys Nun (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on a Rooftop Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Fat Lady (Guest Star) 1966
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Mrs. Sontag (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Lois Kelly (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1959-1961 1963
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Clubwoman (Guest Star) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meego Unknown (Guest Star)