TV Character Actress Peggy Rea Dies at 89
Peggy Rea, a famed TV character actress, died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her Toluca Lake, Calif. home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 89.
Rea was best known for playing Brett Butler's mother-in-law on Grace Under Fire and Olivia Walton's cousin, Rose on The Waltons. She also regularly appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard and Step by Step.
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Rea began her acting career in the '60s as a member of Red Skelton's stock company. Over the years, she appeared in hit TV series including I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and MacGyver and the films Made in America and Devil in a Blue Dress.