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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 443

updated
Saturday, 11 March 2006

Peggy O'Neil (1898-1960),
Irish American actress and singer,
assisting at an orphan boys' outing,
probably in or near London about 1920

Peggy O'Neil with party of boys

Peggy O'Neill on a boys' outing,
probably in or near London about 1920

(photo: unknown, probably London, circa 1920)

Peggy O'Neil's first appearance in England was under contract to Robert Courtneidge when she took the part of Paddy in Paddy the Next Best Thing, a play by W. Gayer-Mackay and Robert Ord based on Gertrude Page's novel. After an initial run at the Queen's Theatre, Manchester, the play opened at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 5 April 1920, where it ran successfully for 867 performances.

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