Peggy Lee

Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
A sultry blonde vocalist and composer-lyricist of intimate, sometimes cynical ballads and jazzy torch songs, Peggy Lee first gained fame as a singer with Benny Goodman's band. She has since enjoyed solo success on TV ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA

Filmography

Music (59)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("I'm Confessin (That I Love You)") (Song Performer)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

("Bless You (For The Good That's In You)") (Song)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

("Bless You (For The Good That's In You)") (Song Performer)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song Performer)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

District 9 2009 (Movie)

Electric Cello Soloist (Soloist)

World's Greatest Dad 2009 (Movie)

("It's A Good Day") (Song)

World's Greatest Dad 2009 (Movie)

("It's A Good Day") (Song Performer)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

("Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me)") (Song)

Fido 2007 (Movie)

("It's a Good Day") (Song)

Introducing the Dwights 2007 (Movie)

("Manana") (Song)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

"I Don't Want to Play In Your Yard" (Song Performer)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

"It's a Good Day" (Song)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

'Goody Goody" (Song Performer)

Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 (Movie)

("We'll Meet Again") (Song Performer)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("There'll Be Another Spring") (Song)

God is Great, I'm Not 2002 (Movie)

("I Didn't Know What Time it Was") (Song Performer)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

Who Knows? 2001 (Movie)

("Senza Fine") (Song Performer)

102 Dalmatians 2000 (Movie)

("Bella Notte (This Is the Night)") (Song)

Suspicious River 2000 (Movie)

cello (Performer)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning to See the Light") (Song Performer)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

("I've Got the World On a String") (Song Performer)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("Bali Ha'i") (Song Performer)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song Performer)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("It's a Good Day") (Song)

Dreaming of Joseph Lees 1999 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

("You Gotta Have Heart") (Song Performer)

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

("Bella Notte (This is the Night)") (Song)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 (Movie)

("My Silent Love") (Song Performer)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

("It's a Good Day") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

("Fever") (Song Performer)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

music composer("I'm Gonna Go Fishin") (Composer)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

("Waitin' For the Train to Come In" "Why Don't You Do Right? (Get Me Some Money Too!)") (Song Performer)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("Don't Smoke in Bed") (Song Performer)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

("It's a Good Day") (Song)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

("September in the Rain" "It's a Good Day" "Sugar") (Song Performer)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

("There'll Be Another Spring") (Song)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

("There'll Be Another Spring" "Ain't We Got Fun" "That's All" "The Glory of Love") (Song Performer)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

("Ole Man Mose" (Jasper in a Jam)) (Song Performer)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

("Is That All There Is?") (Song Performer)

Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)

("Is That All There Is") (Song Performer)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

("Let's Keep Dancing") (Song Performer)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

music and lyrics to("The Shining Sea") (Music)

Tom Thumb 1958 (Movie)

("Tom Thumb's Tune" "Are You a Dream") (Song)

Johnny Trouble 1957 (Movie)

(Song)

My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

(Song)

The Rawhide Years 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Lady and the Tramp 1955 (Movie)

songs("He's A Tramp" "La La Lu" "Siamese Cat Song" "Peace On Earth" "Bella Notte") (Song)

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

The Racers 1954 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Jazz Singer 1953 (Movie)

("This Is A Very Special Day") (Song)

Bernard and Doris (TV Show)

Song Performer

Soldier's Girl (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (11)

The 37th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Petula 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady and the Tramp 1955 (Movie)

of Darling/Peg/Si/Am (Voice)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Rose Hopkins (Actor)

The Jazz Singer 1953 (Movie)

Judy Lane (Actor)

Mr. Music (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Powers Girl (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Biography

A sultry blonde vocalist and composer-lyricist of intimate, sometimes cynical ballads and jazzy torch songs, Peggy Lee first gained fame as a singer with Benny Goodman's band. She has since enjoyed solo success on TV and in nightclub appearances and has recorded over sixty albums. Among her better known hit singles are "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?"

Relationships

Nicki Lee Barbour Foster

Daughter
born in 1944 has three children

Dave Barbour

Husband
performed together with Benny Goodman's band married in 1943 co-wrote songs with Lee divorced reportedly was an alcoholic divorced in 1951 died in 1965

Brad Dexter

Husband
married on January 4, 1955 divorced ten months later

Marvin Engstrom

Father
remarried

Dewey Martin

Husband
married on April 25, 1956 divorced in 1959

Jack Rio

Husband
married in 1964 divorced in 1965

Holly Wells

Granddaughter
served as vice president of Peggy Lee Enterprizes

EDUCATION

graduated from high school in 1938

Milestones

1998

Suffered a stroke on October 27

1991

Awarded $3.83 million in videocassette profits from (she was originally paid $3,500 for her work in the 1955 film which had then grossed over $70 million in profits from video sales)

1987

Seriously injured in a fall in Las Vegas

1985

Underwent heart surgery

1984

Starred in PBS presentation "Peggy Lee Live in Atlantic City"

1983

Made sole Broadway appearance in the autobiographical one-woman show "Peg"; production closed after 13 previews and five performances

1981

Starred in "Peggy Lee Entertains" (BBC-2)

1977

Headlined the variety program "Peggy" for Thames Television in Great Britain

1976

Suffered near-fatal fall in a New York City hotel

1974

Performed the Oscar-nominated song "The Way We Were" on the annual telecast of the Academy Awards

1972

Made rare acting appearance as a guest on the legal show "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" (ABC), playing a singer-songwriter involved in a plagiarism suit

1968

Had hit recording of "Is That All There Is?"

1968

Headlined the public television broadcast "The World of Peggy Lee" (National Educational Television)

1966

Starred in the syndicated variety program "Something Special with Peggy Lee"

1963

Appeared at Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall in a program called "The Jazz Tree"

1961

British TV debut in "Big Night Out" (BBC)

1960

Had rare dramatic TV role in "So Deadly, So Evil" broadcast on CBS' "General Electric Theatre"

1960

Headlined own CBS variety special "Revlon Presents: 76 Men and Peggy Lee", directed by Abe Burrows

1958

Recorded one of her signature songs, "Fever"

1957

Left Decca and returned to Capitol Records

1956

Starred opposite Jack Benny as his wife in the CBS production "Shower of Stars: The Flattering World"

1955

Provided voices of several characters and wrote songs for Disney's "Lady and the Tramp"

1955

Won acclaim and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as an alcoholic singer in "Pete Kelly's Blues"; last feature acting role to date

1953

Played first dramatic lead in a feature as the woman who loves "The Jazz Singer", played by Danny Thomas

1952

Made dramatic debut in films in the short "Midnight Serenade" (filmed in 1947)

1952

Switched recording labels and signed with Decca Records; first success with that label, "Lover"

1951

Starred in the CBS summer variety series "The Peggy Lee Show"

1950

Appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the film "Mr. Music"

1948

Had hit single "Manana"

1947

Recorded song "It's a Good Day", co-written with Barbour

1946

Starred in the short "Banquet of Melody", performing own composition "I Don't Know Enough About You", written with husband Dave Barbour

1946

Early TV appearance in the first network-produced hour-long variety show "Hour Glass" (NBC)

1944

Signed to a recording contract by Capitol Records

1942

Had first hit "Why Don't You Do Right"

1942

Played a singer performing "The Lady Who Didn't Believe in Love" in the film "The Powers Girl"

1942

Film debut as a guest artist in "Stage Door Canteen"

1940

Seen by Benny Goodman and asked to join his band as the female vocalist; made first record with Goodman, "Elmer's Tune"; left Goodman in 1943

1940

First break, a vocal group with which she performed was hired to play clubs in Chicago

1934

Made radio debut at age 14 (date approximate)

Filed lawsuit against Disney for share of royalties of videocassette sales of "The Lady and the Tramp"

Adopted stage name after moving to Fargo

Bonus Trivia

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There is an "Official Peggy Lee Web Site" at www.peggylee.com

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Throughout her life, Lee has had more than her share of health troubles. She was diagnosed as diabetic, was stricken with double pneumonia in 1961, had a thyroid condition that threatened to compress her vocal cords which was alleviated by surgery, suffered a near-fatal fall from a hotel in 1976 that left her temporarily blind, unable to stand and partially deaf, underwent heart surgery in 1985, was severely injured in a fall in Las Vegas in 1987 and suffered a stroke in 1998.

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

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In 1949, when she made a guest appearance on an album recorded by Mel Torme, Miss Lee used the pseudonym "Susan Melton".

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On her stepmother, Lee told People (January 9, 1984): "She poured boiling water on my hands when I did dishes and used the metal end of a razor strap for beatings."I've often wondered why so many great singers had so much grief and pain in their lives. I understand now that it's because the soul needs to be pressed down, tested in some way, to promote growth."

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