Posts Tagged ‘The Waltons’

Ralph Waite Obituary

Friday, February 14th, 2014


Ralph Waite dies at 85; actor played ‘The Waltons’ patriarch




A Marine, an ordained minister and an editor before he took up acting, Ralph Waite later became involved in politics in the Coachella Valley.


Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
February 13, 2014


Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series “The Waltons,” has died. He was 85.


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Peggy Rea Obituary

Thursday, February 10th, 2011


TV Character Actress Peggy Rea Dies




The veteran performer was regular on ‘Grace Under Fire’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’




Peggy Rea, a veteran TV actress who played Brett Butler‘s mother-in-law on the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 89.


Rea also was a regular on such series as The Waltons (as Olivia Walton’s cousin Rose Burton), The Dukes of Hazzard (as the man-chasing Lulu Hogg) and Step by Step (as Ivy Baker, the mother of Suzanne Somers‘ character).


The Los Angeles native began her TV career in the 1960s as a member of Red Skelton‘s stock company. She also appeared on such series as 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’s film credits include Cold Turkey (1971), In Country (1989), Love Field (1992) and Made in America (1993).


Interment will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 at Santa Barbara Cemetery in the mausoleum in the Pines Courtyard.