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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
Her work on the 1955 Disney film, Lady and the Tramp (1955) led to a landmark legal judgment 36 years later when a California court awarded her $2.3 million after she sued for a portion of the profits from the videocassette sale of the movie. The case hinged on a clause in her pre-video-era contract barring the sale of "transcriptions" of the movie without her approval.

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992.

She decided to become a singer at age 14, when she earned 50 cents a night at gigs for local PTAs. A few years later she traveled to Fargo where she sang on a local radio station. The WDAY program director suggested a name change, and she became Peggy Lee.

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