Penny Edwards

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Best known for her Western roles opposite Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards had a brief but busy film career. As a child, she had shown a flair for performing that inspired her parents to send her to stage school. As a ... Read more »
Born: 08/28/1929 in Jackson Heights, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

The Bob Cummings Show 1954 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for her Western roles opposite Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards had a brief but busy film career. As a child, she had shown a flair for performing that inspired her parents to send her to stage school. As a teenager, Edwards was dancing on Broadway in Cole Porter's "Let's Face It" and two years later with the "Ziegfeld Follies". Also an accomplished singer, Edwards joined the Municipal Opera Company of St. Louis but it was while appearing on stage in "The Duchess Misbehaves" that she was spotted by a Warner Bros. talent scout and signed to a contract. Her talent for song and dance were put to use in her screen debut in the musical "Wild Irish Rose" (1947). Later that year, she had a small role in "That Hagen Girl", acting opposite Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple. 1948 saw the release of two more efforts, the musical "Two Guys from Texas" and "Feudin', Fussin" and A-Fightin'" with Donald O'Connor. After completing these projects, with no other prospective film work on the horizon, Edwards joined a traveling vaudeville troupe. After fourteen months on the road, she was signed by Republic Films to replace Roy Rogers' real-life wife Dale Evans as his on-screen leading lady in the Western "Sunset in the West" (1950). The film did especially well, and the studio, seeking to keep this successful team together, signed Edwards to a long-term contract. Together she and Rogers appeared in five more pictures released in 1950 and 1951. Republic later paired her with Rex Allen and Buddy Ebsen in "Utah Wagon Train" (1951) and then gave her top billing in "Million Dollar Pursuit" and "Street Bandits" (both 1951). Having proven herself as a capable leading lady, Edwards co-starred with the dashing Tyrone Power in "Pony Soldier" and with western hero Allan 'Rocky' Lane in "The Captive of Billy the Kid" (both 1952) and worked with Rory Calhoun in "Powder River" (1953). In 1954, Edwards joined the Seventh Day Adventists, bringing a halt to her career on religious grounds. Three years later, she resumed acting, starring in "The Dalton Girls" and "Ride a Violent Mile" but her film career never really picked up after that. Instead, she found employment in television, making guest appearances on such popular series as "Bonanza" "Wagon Train", "Perry Mason" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". The actress also continued to perform lucratively in commercials throughout the 1960s, notably as Miss Tiparillo and Miss Palmolive. Prior to her death from lung cancer in August 1998, Penny Edwards frequently made appearances at conventions and film festivals dedicated to Western films.

Relationships

Jerry Friedman

Husband
second husband divorced

Deborah Winters

Daughter
survived her

Ralph Winters

Husband
married in 1951 divorced in 1959 father of her three children

Rebecca Winters

Daughter
survived her

David Winters

Son
survived her

Milestones

1970

Retired from acting

1957

Resumed acting with starring roles in "The Dalton Girls" and "Ride a Violent Mile"

1954

Joined the Seventh Day Adventists and and announced the end of her acting career on religious grounds

1953

Appeared in the Rory Calhoun Western "Powder River"

1952

Starred opposite Tyrone Power in "Pony Soldier" and Allan 'Rocky' Lane in "The Captive of Billy the Kid"

1950

Starred opposite Roy Rogers in "Sunset in the West", "Trail of Robin Hood" and "North of Great Divide"

1949

Starred in the Western "Tucson"

1948

Featured in the comedy "Feudin' Fussin' and A- Fightin'" (with Donald O'Connor) and the musical "Two Guys From Texas" (with Dennis Morgan and Dorothy Malone)

1947

Appeared opposite Ronald Reagan in "That Hagen Girl"

1947

Film debut in the musical "Wild Irish Rose"

1942

Appeared on Broadway in "Ziegfeld Follies"

1940

Danced in Cole Porter's "Let's Face It" on Broadway

Was traveling in a vaudeville show when signed by Republic Films to replace Dale Evans as Roy Rogers' leading lady

Signed by Warner Bros.

Appeared at Western film festivals and conventions after giving up professional acting

While appearing on stage in "The Duchess Misbehaves" , spotted by Warner Bros. talent scout

Had a lucrative acting career in television commercials in the 1960s, most notably as Miss Palmolive and Miss Tiparillo

Guest starred in the popular television series "Bonanza", "Wagon Train", "Perry Mason" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

Was a singer with the Municipal Opera Company of St Louis

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