Peggy Cass

Actor, Game show panelist
Several generations recall Peggy Cass as a perennial panelist on TV game and quiz shows, most notably "To Tell the Truth", yet Cass, with her scratchy voice, Boston accent and strawberry blonde hair, was also an ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1924 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Actor (18)

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)


Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)


Major Dad 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)


The Movie Masters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Columbus Circle 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)


To Tell the Truth 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


To Tell the Truth 1969 - 1978 (TV Show)


Jack Paar Tonight 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)


Age of Consent 1970 (Movie)

New Yorker's Wife (Actor)

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

Edna Ferguson (Actor)

The Tonight Show 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)


Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961 (Movie)

Mitzie Stewart (Actor)

Auntie Mame 1958 (Movie)

Agnes Gooch (Actor)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)


Danielle Steel's "Zoya" (TV Show)


Women in Prison (TV Show)



Several generations recall Peggy Cass as a perennial panelist on TV game and quiz shows, most notably "To Tell the Truth", yet Cass, with her scratchy voice, Boston accent and strawberry blonde hair, was also an accomplished stage actress. Her most notable stage role was Agnes Gooch in the Broadway production of "Auntie Mame", a role she recreated in the 1958 film version starring Rosalind Russell.

Cass began her career touring Australia with a production of "The Doughgirls", performing for natives and American servicemen during the closing days of World War II. Returning to New York, she made her Broadway debut as Maisie, the comic performer in "Burlesque" (1948), and continued to appear in comedies, revues, and even played in Shakespeare before her big break as the mousy secretary made over by her employer in "Auntie Mame" (1956-58). Cass earned a 1957 Best Supporting Actress Tony Award and an Oscar nod for the film version. She has continued to appear in stage productions throughout the country into the 90s. Cass is also remembered for originating the role of Marion Hollander, the tourist wife, in Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" (1967) and for her work as the prostitute Mollie Malloy in the 1969 Lincoln Center revival of "The Front Page". In the 80s, she played religious women in the tours of "Agnes of God" and "Nunsense".

Cass' film career has been more sporadic. She made her debut in a small role in "The Marrying Kind" (1952). Despite her success in "Auntie Mame", few film roles followed. It was three years before Cass was next in front of the cameras in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" (1961), and then not again until 1967 as an American tourist in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium".

"Auntie Mame" did bring Cass a career on TV. She was one of Jack Paar's stable of comedy players during his run as host of "The Tonight Show" from 1958-62, a period in which she also carved a niche as a regular panelist or participating regular on numerous game and quiz shows. In particular, she is best remembered for "To Tell the Truth," on which Cass appeared from 1964-67, then in daytime versions during the 70s, and the short-lived syndicated version in 1980. She also did one season on the sitcom "The Hathaways" (ABC, 1961-62), as the "mother" of three chimpanzees, and for a short time in the 70s was a regular on the NBC soap opera "The Doctors". After a hiatus on TV during much of the 80s, Cass was a regular in the Fox comedy series "Women in Prison" (1987-88), provided a key voice on the PBS children's series "Long Ago and Far Away" (1989-93) and co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's 'Zoya'" (1995).


Raymond James Cass


Margaret Cass


Eugene Feeney

married in 1980 survived her

Carl Fisher



Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge , Massachusetts

trained with Uta Hagen, Mira Rostova and Tamara Daykarhanova



Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's 'Zoya'"


Panelist on "Cheaters"


Returned again as panelist on "To Tell the Truth"


Co-starred in feature film "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"


Regular on short-lived game show "You're Putting Me On"


Reprised Agnes Gooch in feature film "Auntie Mame"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress


Originated role of Agnes Gooch in Broadway production of "Auntie Mame"


Film debut, "The Marrying Kind"


Broadway debut "Burlesque"


Stage acting debut, Australian tour of "The Doughgirls"

Provided voices for PBS animated series "Long Ago and Far Away"

Semi-regular, "The Jack Paar Show"

Co-starred in Fox sitcom "Women in Prison"

Regular on primetime game show "Keep Talking"

Toured the US in productions of "Nunsense"

Returned as panelist on "To Tell the Truth"

Panelist, "To Tell the Truth"

Starred in ABC sitcom "The Hathaways"

Bonus Trivia


Cass is the subject of a 1978 song by Gary Senick entitled "I'm in Love With Peggy Cass."


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