Peggy Wood (I) (1892–1978)

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Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama (1949), and as the knowing Mother Abbess who gently but firmly steers Julie Andrews' ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Sound of Music Mother Abbess
Mama Mama Hansen / Mama / Marta Hansen
Jalna Meg Whiteoak


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 1979 Turtle's Progress (TV Series)
Mrs. Butterworth
- Episode #1.7 (1979) ... Mrs. Butterworth
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Dr. Kate Nolan (1969)
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Opening Night (1966)
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Mrs. Murray
- The Killing of One Human Being (1965) ... Mrs. Murray
 1965 The Sound of Music
Mother Abbess
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Marcella Higgins
- The Saturday Evening of Time (1963) ... Marcella Higgins
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Katie Harris
- An Ancient Office (1962) ... Katie Harris
 1960 The Story of Ruth
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lillian Granet
- Seed of Guilt (1959) ... Lillian Granet
 1949-1957 Mama (TV Series)
Mama Hansen / Mama / Marta Hansen
- The Seventh Age (1957) ... Mama Hansen
- A Man's Hand (1957) ... Mama Hansen
- The Hansens Rise in the World (1957) ... Mama Hansen
- T.R.'s Glasses (1957) ... Mama
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sarah Jolland
- The Bitter Land (1957) ... Sarah Jolland
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "The Story of Valentines")
- Mr. Lincoln (1955) ... Narrator (segment "The Story of Valentines")
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Peggy Wood - Theatre Guild Member (uncredited)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1951) ... Gladys
 1948-1949 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
Florence McDavid / Mrs. Oliver Jordan
- Dark Hammock (1949) ... Florence McDavid
- Dinner at Eight (1948) ... Mrs. Oliver Jordan
 1948 Dream Girl
Lucy Allerton
 1946 Magnificent Doll
Mrs. Payne
 1946 The Bride Wore Boots
Grace Apley
 1937 A Star Is Born
Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
 1937 Call It a Day
Ethel Francis
 1935 Jalna
Meg Whiteoak
 1935 The Right to Live
Nurse Wayland
 1934 Handy Andy
Ernestine Yates
 1929 Wonder of Women
 1919 Almost a Husband
Eva McElwyn
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Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Rollo Peters in the cast. See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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As to why she never achieved the success in films that she had on stage and in early TV: "I was not attractive in the way one was supposed to be out there, and I think that, and the fact that I could act, confused them terribly."


Peggy's role in the operetta "Bitter Sweet" (1929) was written for her by Noël Coward. See more »

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