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      Peggy Cummins

      Peggy Cummins

      Highest Rated: 100% Curse of the Demon (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 80% Hell Drivers (1957)

      Birthday: Dec 18, 1925

      Birthplace: Prestatyn, Wales, UK

      Peggy Cummins was a Welsh-Irish actress born on December 18, 1925 in Prestatyn, Wales. Cummins was the daughter of newspaper editor Franklin Bland Fuller and actress Margaret Cummins, and great-granddaughter of the Irish architect, actor, and novelist James Franklin Fuller. Born in Wales as her parents took shelter from a storm on their return home to Ireland, Cummins was educated in Dublin, and learned dance at the Abbey School of Ballet. When she was 12, actor Peter Brock introduced her to the Dublin Gate Theatre. That same year, Cummins acted in a London production of children revue "Let's Pretend," which premiered on her 13th birthday. She continued to perform on stage in productions such as "Junior Miss" and "Alice in Wonderland" throughout the 1940s, but Cummins landed her film debut with a small part in the now lost British film "Dr. O'Dowd" (1940). She would appear in supporting roles for the next few years, but acted in her biggest film yet with "English Without Tears" (1944). The next year, she was discovered by Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck and brought to Hollywood, where she was chosen, among many girls, to play the titular character in "Forever Amber" (1947). However, some time through shooting (the exact amount of time Cummins was on set is disputed), she was replaced by Linda Darnell because Cummins looked too young. She was then given the lead role in "Moss Rose" (1947), her first Hollywood production but a financial disappointment. After being given supporting roles in other middling films, Cummins returned to Europe to appear in "That Dangerous Age" (1950). Shortly thereafter, though, she returned to Hollywood to star in her most widely recognized film, in a cult classic sense: "Gun Crazy" (1950). Directed by Joseph H. Lewis, a cult figure in his own right, "Gun Crazy" followed the Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque exploits of Annie Laurie Starr (Cummins) and Bart Tare (John Dall). The femme fatale role would be her most enduring, but unfortunately, "Gun Crazy" was Cummins' last American film and the start of her major roles in minor films or minor roles in slightly more than minor films. In 1950, she returned to London and married William Herbert Derek Dunnett. The two were married until his death in 2000, and the couple had a son and daughter, born in 1954 and 1962, respectively. Her return to Britain was heralded by the lead role in "My Daughter Joy" (1950), which nevertheless did not set the box office on fire. Cummins continued to play supporting roles throughout the 1950s, but she landed another (eventual) cult success when she starred in Jacques Tourneur's horror film "Night of the Demon" (1957). Comedy "In the Doghouse" (1961) would ultimately be her last film, but Cummins turned toward television briefly at the end of her acting career. She made her TV debut in an episode of the medical procedural "The Human Jungle" (ITV, 1963-65) in 1964, and made her final acting performance in an episode of "Summer Comedy Hour" (1965) the next year. Cummins was active in charity after her retirement from acting, especially with the Stars Organization for Spastics beginning in the 1970s. She died at age 92 on December 29, 2017 from a stroke.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Curse of the Demon
      91% Gun Crazy
      80% Hell Drivers

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      MY DAUGHTER JOY, (aka OPERATION X), Peggy Cummins, 1950 IF THIS BE SIN, (aka THAT DANGEROUS AGE), Peggy Cummins, 1949 THE LATE GEORGE APLEY, Charles Russell, Peggy Cummins, Ronald Colman, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved HELL DRIVERS, Peggy Cummins, 1957 GUN CRAZY, John Dall, Peggy Cummins, 1949 GUN CRAZY, (aka DEADLY IS THE FEMALE), John Dall, Peggy Cummins, 1949 MOSS ROSE, Peggy Cummins, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved GUN CRAZY, John Dall, Peggy Cummins, 1949 MOSS ROSE, from left, Victor Mature, Peggy Cummins, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved MOSS ROSE, Peggy Cummins, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved GUN CRAZY, (aka DEADLY IS THE FEMALE), Peggy Cummins, 1950 GUN CRAZY, Peggy Cummins, 1949 MOSS ROSE, Peggy Cummins, Victor Mature, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved GUN CRAZY, Peggy Cummins, 1949 GUN CRAZY, Peggy Cummins, 1949 GUN CRAZY, Peggy Cummins, John Dall, 1949 GUN CRAZY, (aka DEADLY IS THE FEMALE), from left: Peggy Cummins, John Dall (rear), Berry Kroeger, 1950 NIGHT OF THE DEMON, (aka CURSE OF THE DEMON), from left: Peggy Cummins, Dana Andrews, 1957 notd1957-fsct002(notd1957-fsct002.jpg) GUN CRAZY, Peggy Cummins, John Dall, 1949 GUN CRAZY, (aka DEADLY IS THE FEMALE), from left: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, 1950

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Your Money or Your Wife Gay Butterworth (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Doghouse Sally Huxley (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 29% Dentist in the Chair Peggy Travers (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Captain's Table Mrs. Judd (Character) - 1960
      80% 85% Hell Drivers Lucy (Character) - 1957
      100% 85% Curse of the Demon Joanna Harrington (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 0% The Ship Was Loaded Susan Lashwood (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The March Hare Pat McGuire (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Both Sides of the Law Bridget Foster (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cash on Delivery Dorothy Rapallo (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Mr. Lucifer Kitty Norton (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Lottery Sally (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always a Bride Clare Hemsley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Goes There? Christina Deed (Character) - 1952
      91% 84% Gun Crazy Annie Laurie Starr (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Daughter Joy Georgette Constanin (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Grass of Wyoming Carey Greenway (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape Unknown (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moss Rose Belle Adair/Rose Lynton (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 75% The Late George Apley Eleanor `'Ellie'` Apley (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome, Mr. Washington Sarah Willoughby (Character) - 1944