Peggy Dow left Hollywood stardom to get married and raise a family

Peggy Dow (born March 18, 1928 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a retired American actress who made nine films in Hollywood from 1949-51. Dow’s most notable role was in 1950 as Nurse Kelly in the hit comedy “Harvey” with James Stewart. Dow also starred with Arthur Kennedy in the touching war drama “Bright Victory” (1951), the story of a soldier who is blinded and must learn to readjust to civilian life. Despite a promising Hollywood career, Peggy Dow suddenly retired from the film business in 1951 to marry Walter Helmerich, an oil driller. The couple relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma and had five sons together, Rik, Zak, Mat, Hans, Jon, and twelve grandchildren.

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow

Peggy Dow with Charles Drake and James Stewart in "Harvey" (1950)

Peggy Dow with Charles Drake and James Stewart in “Harvey” (1950)

Peggy Dow and Dick Powell in "You Never Can Tell" (1951)

Peggy Dow and Dick Powell in “You Never Can Tell” (1951)

Peggy Dow and Farley Granger in "I Want You" (1951)

Peggy Dow and Farley Granger in “I Want You” (1951)

 

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