Penny Edwards

Penny Edwards

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Birthday: Aug 24, 1928

Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, USA

Best known for her Western roles opposite Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards had a brief but busy film career. As a child, she had shown a flair for performing that inspired her parents to send her to stage school. As a teenager, Edwards was dancing on Broadway in Cole Porter's "Let's Face It" and two years later with the "Ziegfeld Follies." Also an accomplished singer, Edwards joined the Municipal Opera Company of St. Louis but it was while appearing on stage in "The Duchess Misbehaves" that she was spotted by a Warner Bros. talent scout and signed to a contract. Her talent for song and dance were put to use in her screen debut in the musical "Wild Irish Rose" (1947). Later that year, she had a small role in "That Hagen Girl," acting opposite Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple. 1948 saw the release of two more efforts, the musical "Two Guys from Texas" and "Feudin', Fussin" and A-Fightin'" with Donald O'Connor. After completing these projects, with no other prospective film work on the horizon, Edwards joined a traveling vaudeville troupe. After fourteen months on the road, she was signed by Republic Films to replace Roy Rogers' real-life wife Dale Evans as his on-screen leading lady in the Western "Sunset in the West" (1950). The film did especially well, and the studio, seeking to keep this successful team together, signed Edwards to a long-term contract. Together she and Rogers appeared in five more pictures released in 1950 and 1951. Republic later paired her with Rex Allen and Buddy Ebsen in "Utah Wagon Train" (1951) and then gave her top billing in "Million Dollar Pursuit" and "Street Bandits" (both 1951). Having proven herself as a capable leading lady, Edwards co-starred with the dashing Tyrone Power in "Pony Soldier" and with western hero Allan 'Rocky' Lane in "The Captive of Billy the Kid" (both 1952) and worked with Rory Calhoun in "Powder River" (1953). In 1954, Edwards joined the Seventh Day Adventists, bringing a halt to her career on religious grounds. Three years later, she resumed acting, starring in "The Dalton Girls" and "Ride a Violent Mile" but her film career never really picked up after that. Instead, she found employment in television, making guest appearances on such popular series as "Bonanza" "Wagon Train," "Perry Mason" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." The actress also continued to perform lucratively in commercials throughout the 1960s, notably as Miss Tiparillo and Miss Palmolive. Prior to her death from lung cancer in August 1998, Penny Edwards frequently made appearances at conventions and film festivals dedicated to Western films.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride a Violent Mile Susan Crowley (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% The Dalton Girls Columbine Dalton (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Powder River Debbie Allen (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 15% Pony Soldier Emerald Neeley (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman in the Dark Anna Reichardt (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street Bandits Mildred Anderson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of the Rockies June Willard (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spoilers of the Plains Frankie Manning (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Women Claudia Rankin (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Million Dollar Pursuit Ronnie LaVerne (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Utah Wagon Train Nancy Bonner (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captive of Billy the Kid Nancy McCreary (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Old Amarillo Madge Adams (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet North of the Great Divide Ann Keith (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trail of Robin Hood Toby Aldridge (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunset in the West Dixie Osborne (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tucson Laurie Sherman (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Guys From Texas Maggie Reed (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Libby Mathews (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 57% That Hagen Girl Christine Delaney (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Nan Gable (Character) 1961 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Julie Abbott (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Joan Deming (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Mrs. Caldwell (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Amy Neilsen (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1956

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