Saturday TV was pretty much the highlight of my week as a child, especially the late afternoon shows. Through the early 80’s I was treated to such classics as Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team, Knight Rider and of course somewhere in the middle of all those nestled one of my all time favourites; The Dukes of Hazzard.
So it is with a little sadness that I learn today of Peggy Rea’s death, she of Lulu Hogg fame; the man crazy wife of Boss Hogg and provider of many quality comedy moments.
I miss those Saturday afternoons, and I miss the casual, fun loving nature of the Hazzard county residents. Boss Hogg and his side kick Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane were about as dumb as it gets, and along with the crazy car stunts (where you definitely saw the General Lee bend in half every time it landed) I always tuned in for a laugh and a thrill.
Rea was no stranger to the screen by the time she joined The Dukes of Hazzard, having been a regular in the family orientated The Waltons, in which she played Rose Burton, cousin of Olivia Walton.
She had been suffering with heart problems for a while and on February 5th she passed away of congestive heart failure aged 89, at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, her screen career goes back to the 1960’s and she starred in a diverse range of roles such as Brett Butler’s mother-in-law on the ABC sitcom Grace Under fire, Ivy Baker in Step by Step, and other TV shows including I Love Lucy; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Phil Silvers Show; Bonanza; Gunsmoke; Ironside; Hunter; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Burke’s Law; and MacGyver.
Rea also appeared in a few films along the way and her credits include Cold Turkey; In Country; Love Field and Made in America (1993).
A ceremony will be held on February 28th at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, and she will be buried in the mausoleum in the Pines Courtyard.
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