Prestatyn, Wales, UK
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Gun Crazy, Hell Drivers
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Peggy Cummins (born December 18, 1925) is a retired British actress, best known for her role in Joseph H. Lewis` Gun Crazy, playing a sharp shooter who robs banks with her lover (played by John Dall).
Peggy Cummins was born Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller (www.Ancestry.com) in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales, UK. In her youth Peggy lived in Dublin and London. In 1938 actor Peter Brock sees Peggy at a Dublin tram stop and introduces her to Dublin`s Gate Theatre Company. In London she will appear on the London stage in the title role in "Alice In Wonderland," and in 1938 playing the title role in the London company of "Junior Miss." Cummins made her film debut at age 13 in a British production. Her first major film debut was in Dr. O`Dowd (1940). She was brought to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox, in 1945 to play Amber in Kathleen Windsor`s "Forever Amber." She was soon dropped from the role and replaced by Linda Darnell. She went on to make six films in Hollywood, including Gun Crazy with John Dall (1949), before returning to London in 1950 to marry and work in film. In 1953 she appeared in Meet Mr. Lucifer an Ealing Studios comedy, and later starred alongside Dana Andrews in Night of the Demon (1957), directed by Jacques Tourneur. Another 1957 film she appeared in was Hell Drivers, which also featured Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, and Herbert Lom. Cummins` last film in 1961 was Darcy Conyers` "In the Doghouse" alongside Leslie Phillips. In 1998, "Gun Crazy" (1950) was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Peggy Cummins briefly dated Howard Hughes. She was married to William Herbert Derek Dunnett from 1950 until his death in 2000 and had two children with him, a boy, 1954, and a girl, 1962. Cummins uses the name Margaret D. A. Dunnett. Her husband Derek Dunnett was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, UK, February 9, 1921, and died in East Sussex, England, UK, in July 2000. Cummins` Mother is the actress Margaret Tracy (Margaret Mary Tracy) who plays the small but effective role of Anna the maid in the 1948 film "Smart Woman." She also played the role of Emily in the Margaret Ferguson film "The Sign of the Ram." (www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com)
Peggy Cummins` film career ended in 1961 and she now lives in retirement. During the 1970s Cummins was very active in a national charity, Stars Organisation for Spastics, raising money and chairing the management committee of a holiday centre for children with disabilities in Sussex.
The Stars and Strips newspaper of November 3, 1954, reports that Peggy Cummins became the First Honorary Commander of the 582nd Air Supply Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England, UK, to be designated by the United States Air Force Squadron.
On June 14, 2006 Peggy Cummins appeared as guest of honour at a special screening of Night of the Demon in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire during which she answered questions from the audience before viewing the film for the very first time.
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Peggy Cummins (18 December 1925 – 29 December 2017) was a Welsh-born British actress, best known for her performance in Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949), playing a trigger-happy femme fatale, who robs banks with her lover, played by John Dall.
Full Name at Birth
Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller
1940 - 1961
Place of Death
London, England, UK
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