Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Carole and Her #1 Fan Peggy McKenna


In 1937 Carole received her first fan letter from fifteen year old Elvira "Peggy" McKenna of Oak Park, Illinois. Peggy became a fan after seeing Carole in Varsity Show. Carole responded to the letter and they began writing to each other several times a month. Peggy also organized her first official fan club. They met in October of 1940 when Carole made a personal appearance in Chicago. A few months later she invited Peggy to visit her in California. Their visit was chronicled in Life magazine. Peggy decided to stay in Hollywood and Carole got her a job as her stand-in on I Wake Up Screaming. While working on the movie Peggy started dating actor Elisha Cook Jr. They were married in 1943. Peggy and Elisha divorced in 1968 but got remarried two years later. They had no children together. Peggy McKenna Cook died on December 23, 1990 two days before her 69th birthday.


Peggy, Carole, and Cesar Romero