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Peggy Ann Garner

Peggy Ann Garner pictured in 1947
Born February 3, 1932(1932-02-03)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 16, 1984 (aged 52)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1938–1984
Spouse(s) Kenyon Foster Brown (1964–1968) (divorced)
Albert Salmi (1956–1963)
(divorced) 1 child
Richard Hayes (1951–1953) (divorced)

Peggy Ann Garner (February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress.

A successful child actor, Garner played her first film role in 1938 and won the Academy Juvenile Award for her work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). Featured roles in such films as Black Widow (1954) did not further her attempts to establish herself in mature film roles, and although she progressed to theatrical work, she made relatively few acting appearances as an adult.


Life and career

Born in Canton, Ohio, Garner's mother pushed her into the limelight, and entered her in talent quests while Garner was still a child. By 1938 she had made her first film appearance and over the next few years appeared in several more films including Jane Eyre (1944) and The Keys of the Kingdom (1944). She reached the height of her success at the age of 13 in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) winning an Academy Juvenile Award largely on the basis of this performance.

Like many child performers, Garner was unable to make a successful transition into adult film roles. She guest starred steadily in television roles beginning in the early 1950s and continuing through the 1960s. After her film career ended, she ventured into stage acting and had some success, but also worked as a real estate agent and fleet-car executive between acting jobs in order to support herself. Her final screen performance was a small part in a made for television feature in 1980.

Personal life

Garner married singer/game show host Richard Hayes, and they divorced in 1953. She went on to marry actor Albert Salmi on May 16, 1956, and they divorced on March 13, 1963. Garner's final marriage was to Kenyon Foster Brown. After a few years, that marriage, too, ended in divorce. Her only child, Catherine Ann Salmi, died in 1995 at age 38 from heart disease.


Garner died from pancreatic cancer in 1984, aged 52.


Year Film Role Notes
1938 Little Miss Thoroughbred Praying orphan uncredited
1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby Melinda Mason
In Name Only Ellen Eden
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois (film) little girl (uncredited) Spirit of the People UK title
1942 The Pied Piper Sheila Cavanaugh
Eagle Squadron Child
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom Nora, as a girl
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (younger)
1945 Nob Hill Katie Flanagan
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Francie Nolan
Junior Miss Judy Graves
1946 Home, Sweet Homicide Dinah Carstairs
1947 Daisy Kenyon Rosamund O'Mara
Thunder in the Valley Maggie Moore
1948 The Sign of the Ram Christine St. Aubyn
1949 The Lovable Cheat Julie Mercadet
The Big Cat Doris Cooper
Bomba, the Jungle Boy Pat Harland
1951 Teresa Susan Cass
1954 Black Widow Nancy 'Nanny' Ordway
1966 The Cat Susan Kilby
1978 A Wedding Candice Ruteledge

Further reading

  • "Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner," by Sandra Grabman. Albany: BearManor Media. 2005. ISBN 1-59393-017-8.
  • "Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story," by Sandra Grabman. Albany: BearManor Media. 2004. ISBN 1-59393-001-1.


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