Hollywood has lost one of the classic actresses of old with the passing of Peggy Cummins. She was 92 at the time of her death and passed away after suffering complications from a recent stroke.
Cummins is best known for playing the carnival sharpshooter turned murderous bank robber in the 1950 film noir classic, "Gun Crazy." Cummins came to America in 1945 and was cast in the ironic role, given her appearance.
"The tendency, if you were a bit short, blonde and rather pretty, was for a conventional role, but this was quite a meaty part. An actor wants to play against type," wrote the Hollywood Reporter.
She open-end up once about a major loss in her career. She was originally last for a major production but just weeks into shooting, directors decided she wasn't pretty enough for the role and re-cast it to another actress.
"I can't deny it was like having a lovely jewel or some other wonderful gift and then having to give it back," Cummins told Photoplay of the experience. "It's hard, but you have a choice. You can let yourself ache over your loss — or you can think instead of how wonderful and exciting it was while you had it."
Cummins was originally from Ireland. Later in her life, she returned to Europe and acted in several films. She married a businessman from London in 1950 and the pair had a son and daughter. Please join us in praying for her family during this time.
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