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Peggy Lee Overview:

Actress, Peggy Lee, was born Norma Delores Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, ND. Lee died at the age of 81 on Jan 21, 2002 in Bel Air, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Lee was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best Supporting ActressPete Kelly's Blues (1955)Rose HopkinsNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording.

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Peggy Lee Quotes:

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Jim Dear: [Giving Darling a hatbox] It's for you, Darling. Merry Christmas.
Darling: Oh, Jim, dear. It's the one I was admiring, isn't it? Trimmed with ribbons?
Jim Dear: Well, it *has* a ribbon.
[the box is opened; inside is a puppy wearing a ribbon]
Darling: Oh, how sweet.
Jim Dear: You like her, Darling?
Darling: [hugging the puppy] Oh, I love her. What a perfectly beautiful little Lady.


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Peggy Lee Facts
The original line-up on her 1958 smash hit "Fever" comprised: Jack Mondragon (double bass), Shelly Manne (drums) and Howard A. Roberts (electric guitar). It was Peggy Lee's idea to eliminate Roberts' guitar, entirely, and have him provide the funky finger-snapping instead. Manne used his hands and fingers (rather than drumsticks) to tap his snare drum and tom-tom to the accompaniment of his bass drum.

Is the namesake of the "Margarita" cocktail. In 1948 Santos Cruz, a bartender at the famed Texas nightclub the Balinese Room, mixed up a new drink especially for her. He named it for the Spanish version of "Margaret" which is the formal version of "Peggy".

Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1987.

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