The Info List - Peggy Cass

Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass (May 21, 1924 – March 8, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, game show panelist, and announcer.


1 Early life 2 Stage and film 3 Television and stage 4 Personal life and death 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Cass attended Cambridge Latin School and became interested in acting as a member of the drama club. However, throughout her entire time at the school, she never had a speaking part in any of the club's productions. After graduating, she spent most of the 1940s in search of an acting career, eventually landing Jan Sterling's role in a traveling production of Born Yesterday. Stage and film[edit] Cass made her Broadway debut in 1949 with the play Touch and Go. Remembered today primarily as a regular panelist on the long-running To Tell The Truth, she played Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
on Broadway and in the film version (1958), a role for which she won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress, and later received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[1][2] She was part of the nine-member ensemble cast for the 1960 Broadway revue A Thurber Carnival, adapted by James Thurber
James Thurber
from his own works. As "First Woman", according to the script,[3] she played the mother in "The Wolf at the Door", a woman who insisted Macbeth
was a murder mystery, the wife Mr. Preble wanted to get rid of, Miss Alma Winege (who wanted to ship Thurber 36 copies of Grandma Was a Nudist), a woman helping to update old poetry, Walter Mitty's wife, and the narrator of "The Little Girl and The Wolf".[citation needed] In 1961 she played Mitzi Stewart in the movie Gidget Goes Hawaiian. In 1964 she starred as First Lady Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield in the mock-biographical novel First Lady: My Thirty Days in the White House. The book, written by Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
author Patrick Dennis, included photographs by Cris Alexander
Cris Alexander
of Cass, Dody Goodman, Kaye Ballard
Kaye Ballard
and others, portraying the novel's characters.[4] In the late 1960s and early 1970s she succeeded other actresses in Don't Drink the Water (as Marion Hollander) and in Neil Simon's Plaza Suite; and played Mollie Malloy in two revival runs of The Front Page. She also appeared in the 1969 film comedy If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. In the 1980s she returned to the stage in 42nd Street and in the 1985 run of The Octette Bridge Club.[1] Television and stage[edit]

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According to Jack Paar, speaking in retrospect, he felt he may have ruined Cass's Oscar chances by lobbying too much for her on his enormously popular television series The Tonight Show.[citation needed] Cass filled in as announcer for Paar's late night talk show that aired in the 1970s on ABC.[2] In the 1961–62 season, Cass and Jack Weston
Jack Weston
costarred in an ABC sitcom, The Hathaways, along with the Marquis Chimps, a chimpanzee showbiz troupe which served as her "children" on the show. The Hathaways followed the new adventure series Straightaway
on ABC, about two young men (John Ashley and Brian Kelly) involved in auto racing, but neither program could compete with CBS's Rawhide. In 1987, Cass was featured in the early Fox sitcom Women in Prison. Aside from sitcoms, she played the role of H. Sweeney on the NBC afternoon soap opera The Doctors from 1978-79.[2] Aside from her work with Paar, her most notable television appearances came as a guest on many game shows, mainly on shows based in New York City. She was a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
from 1960 through its 1990 revival, appearing in most episodes in the 1960s and 1970s.[5] She was also a panelist on the pilot of the 1960s version of Match Game. On Truth and other series, she often displayed near-encyclopedic knowledge of various topics, and would occasionally question the logic of some of the "facts" presented on the program. Cass made several appearances on the $10,000 & $20,000 Pyramid hosted by Dick Clark
Dick Clark
from 1973 to 1980, as well as the nighttime version which was titled The $25,000 Pyramid (1974-1979), hosted by her friend Bill Cullen. All three of these versions were taped in New York City. She also appeared in the late 1970s on Shoot for the Stars hosted by Geoff Edwards
Geoff Edwards
another celebrity/contestant partnered game show filmed in New York City. In 1983, she appeared in the New Amsterdam Theatre Company's concert staging of Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
and Ogden Nash's One Touch of Venus
One Touch of Venus
as Mrs. Kramer, opposite Susan Lucci
Susan Lucci
as her daughter, as well as Lee Roy Reams, Ron Raines, and Paige O'Hara as the titular Venus. In the spring of 1991 she participated in a concert staging of Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen
Fifty Million Frenchmen
at New York City's French Institute/Alliance Francaise as "Mrs. Gladys Carroll", singing Porter's "The Queen of Terre Haute".[citation needed] Personal life and death[edit] On March 8, 1999, Cass died of heart failure in New York City
New York City
at the age of 74 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.[6] She was survived by her second husband, Eugene Michael Feeney (1924–2013), a former Jesuit priest and educator. She had no children. Awards and nominations[edit]


1957 Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Play – Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame 1957 Theatre World Award – Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame


1958 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture – Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame


^ a b Peggy Cass
Peggy Cass
at the Internet Broadway Database ^ a b c Peggy Cass
Peggy Cass
on IMDb ^ Thurber, James (1962). A Thurber Carnival. New York: Samuel French, Inc. OCLC 154260496.  ^ Staff (August 7, 1964). "Also Current". Time. Retrieved 2007-03-31.  ^ Akers, Marshall (August 22, 2007). "To Tell the Truth". University of Georgia New Media Institute. Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-28.  ^ Peggy Cass, 74, an Actress; Won Tony as Agnes Gooch, The New York Times; accessed October 11, 2016.

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