Penny Edwards


Penny Edwards

About

Birth Place
Jackson Heights, New York
Born
August 29, 1928
Died
August 26, 1998
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

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 Municip...

Photos & Videos

Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - Publicity Stills
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Ralph Winters
Husband
Casting director. Married in 1951; divorced in 1959; father of her three children.
Jerry Friedman
Husband
Second husband; divorced.

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.

Life Events

Photo Collections

Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - Publicity Stills
Here are several stills taken to help publicize Universal's Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948), starring Donald O'Connor, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, and Penny Edwards.
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - Scene Stills
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - Scene Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

Trail Of Robin Hood (1950) - Get A Christmas Tree For Johnny Christmas party in the fictional California mountain town, Jack Holt as himself, a Christmas tree benefactor, with local lass Sis (Carol Nugent) catching a song by star Roy Rogers (with the Riders Of The Purple Sage, composed by Jack Elliott), Penny Edwards as the charming villainess in the holiday-themed Roy feature Trail Of Robin Hood 1950.
Trail Of Robin Hood (1950) - Hometown Jubilee Pre-teen sharpshooter Sis (Carol Nugent) won the Turkey Shoot and decided to spare the bird, visiting with Jack Holt, playing himself, the retired silent-movie cowboy star, who’s now a benevolent Christmas tree grower, Penny Edwards as visiting Toby, who’s secretly against his enterprise, and the star Roy (Rogers) with a song, joined by the Riders (Of The Purple Sage), composed by the guitarist Foy Willing, in Trail Of Robin Hood 1950.
Two Guys From Texas (1948) - That's What The Dudes Want First shot of Dorothy Malone as Joan, Texas dude ranch proprietor, with aide Pete (Monte Blue) then joined by the stars Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, as an un-booked night club act, who turn out to be old pals of employee Maggie (Penny Edwards), in Warner Bros. Two Guys From Texas, 1948.
Two Guys From Texas (1948) - Ever Watch That Guy Operate? Dennis Morgan as visiting Steve has just finished serenading dude ranch owner Joan (Dorothy Malone) and they retire to join roommates (Jack Carson as animal-phobic Danny, Penny Edwards as Maggie), for a clever bit directed by David Butler from the script by I.A.L Diamond and Allan Boretz for Warner Bros., in Two Guys From Texas, 1948.

Family

Deborah Winters
Daughter
Actor. Survived her.
Rebecca Winters
Daughter
Survived her.
David Winters
Son
Survived her.

Companions

Ralph Winters
Husband
Casting director. Married in 1951; divorced in 1959; father of her three children.
Jerry Friedman
Husband
Second husband; divorced.

Bibliography