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Peggy McCay

Peggy McCay

American actress
Peggy McCay
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Intro American actress
Was Actor Stage actor Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 3 November 1927, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Death 7 October 2018, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 90 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Barnard College
Emmy Award  
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Margaret Ann "Peggy" McCay (November 3, 1927 – October 7, 2018) was an American actress whose career began in 1949, and includes theatre, television, soap operas, and feature films. McCay may be best known for originating the roles of Vanessa Dale on the CBS soap opera Love of Life (a role she played from 1951–55), and Caroline Brady, which she played from 1983 to 2016 on NBC's Days of Our Lives.

Life and career

McCay was born on November 3, 1927, in Manhattan. She was the only child of Catherine (née Tighe; 1900–1976) and Michael Joseph McCay (1897–1958), who owned a construction company that specialized in building schools. Peggy attended Saint Walburga's Convent School and Barnard College, graduating from the latter in June 1949. After her father's sudden death, she and her mother ran his construction company for a period of time.

Following her graduation from college, McCay joined impresaria Margo Jones's Texas-based theatre company and graduated to repertory, where she essayed numerous roles. She also studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and later helped to set up Strasberg's West Coast studio. In New York one of her first roles was in a 1956 off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, playing opposite Franchot Tone. Her role as Sonya in Uncle Vanya earned her the off-Broadway award "OBIE" for Best "Off-Broadway" Young Actress of the Year. The next year both she and Tone reprised their respective roles in the Hollywood film version of the play.

McCay accepted her first major role as the heroine Vanessa Dale on the soap opera Love of Life, which premiered in 1951. After four years, she left in 1955 to pursue other options. In 1958 she appeared on Perry Mason as defendant Stephanie Falkner in "The Case of the Long-Legged Models", and in 1959 as fraudster Melissa Maybrook in the Maverick episode "The Sheriff of Duck 'n' Shoot" with James Garner and Jack Kelly. Soon after, she was cast in an episode of the CBS anthology series, Appointment with Adventure. She appeared in four feature films in the late 1950s before landing a lead role in 1962 in the ABC television series Room for One More as Anna Perrott Rose, who had written a memoir about her family life as a foster mother. In 1962, McCay starred in the feature film Lad, A Dog.

On February 4, 1963, she appeared as Sheriff Andy Taylor's old girlfriend Sharon DeSpain in the "Class Reunion" episode of The Andy Griffith Show. On April 9, 1963, McCay appeared in the episode "Broken Honor" of NBC's Laramie; she and Rod Cameron played Martha and Roy Halloran, a farm couple who stumble upon $30,000 in money found inside a strong box on their property. The loot has been seized by bandits in a stagecoach heist and hidden away for later retrieval. Roy, who uses a wheelchair, insists on keeping the money until Jess Harper, played by series regular Robert Fuller, arrives at their farm amid grave danger to all from the bandits.

McCay guest-starred on ABC's The Roaring 20s, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Jason Evers's Channing. In 1963, she appeared on NBC's Redigo, with Richard Egan, and on CBS's Perry Mason (as defendant Margaret Layton in "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet"). In 1963 she was in an episode of The Virginian as Helen Hammond Judson, a woman seeking her husband. In 1964, after guest starring in "The Fugitive", she returned to daytime television as a lead on ABC's The Young Marrieds. When the show went off the air in 1966, she was written into the story line on ABC's General Hospital (as Iris Fairchild) until 1970. In the 1970s, McCay appeared in Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, How the West Was Won, and The Lazarus Syndrome. Peggy McCay even appeared in the second season of Barnaby Jones; episode titled, "Blind Terror"(09/16/1973). She appeared in a 1975 television movie, John O'Hara's Gibbsville (also known as The Turning Point of Jim Malloy), and was a regular in the cast of the short-lived 1976 series Gibbsville. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she had a recurring role as Marion Hume in the CBS drama Lou Grant.

She may be best known as matriarch Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives. McCay first appeared on the program in February 1983. After signing a long-term contract in 1985, she played the character of Caroline on a regular basis for over thirty years. Her final appearance in the role was aired August 24, 2016.


McCay died on October 7, 2018, from natural causes, at her home in the Greater Los Angeles area. She never married or had children, leaving no immediate survivors.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Obie Award Distinguished Performance by an Actress Uncle Vanya Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Cagney & Lacey Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Nominated
Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated

Feature films

  • Lad A Dog (1962)
  • Promises in the Dark (1979)
  • Bustin' Loose (1981)
  • Second Thoughts (1983)
  • Daddy's Girl (1996)
  • James Dean (2001)
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