Character actress on 'The Waltons,' 'Dukes of Hazzard'
Peggy Rea, 89, a hearty character actress best known for her TV roles on "The Waltons," "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Grace Under Fire," died Feb. 5, said the Santa Barbara Cemetery Assn. She died at her Toluca Lake home from complications of heart failure.
Born March 31, 1921, in Los Angeles, Rea left UCLA to attend business school.
While a production secretary at MGM in the 1940s, she acted in small theater productions at night. Her first major role was in a touring production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1947, and she later appeared in the play on Broadway.
After debuting on TV in 1953 in "I Love Lucy," Rea went on to appear in more than 70 television projects. Her film credits include "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964) and "In Country" (1989).
In the late 1970s and early '80s, she played Olivia Walton's cousin Rose Burton on "The Waltons" and Boss Hogg's wife, Lulu, on "The Dukes of Hazzard." On "Grace Under Fire," she portrayed the title character's mother-in-law from 1995 to 1998.
Voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tom Carnegie, 91, a veteran broadcaster and the voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to generations of Indy 500 fans, died Friday at his home in Indianapolis after an illness.
Carnegie, a longtime radio sportscaster in Indiana, was known for signature calls such as "Heeeeez-on-it!" when qualifiers sped up approaching the green flag and "It's a new track record!"
Born in 1919 in Norwalk, Conn., as Carl Kenagy, he moved with his family to Missouri as a youngster. His interest in sports shifted to announcing after he was stricken with polio, and he began preparing himself in high school by entering speech contests.
He began his radio career in 1942 in Fort Wayne, Ind., and took the name Tom Carnegie — the station manager thought it sounded better on air. Three years later, he moved to Indianapolis, where he was a radio sports director and wrote a column for the Indianapolis Star.
In 1946, he met Speedway owner Tony Hulman, who had just bought and renovated the dilapidated track that had been idle during World War II. Hulman hired the young broadcaster, who at the time knew nothing about auto racing.
"Nobody gave me any help or anything like that," Carnegie once said. "I just had names and numbers, like calling a football game. And I somehow got through it and … I've been there ever since."
During his tenure as a sportscaster, he was on the public address system when underdog Milan High School famously won the Indiana state high school championship in 1954, which led to a cameo in the movie "Hoosiers."
Carnegie retired from radio station WRTV in 1985 but continued as the voice of the Speedway until 2006.
Actress on stage and television
PASSINGS: Peggy Rea, Tom Carnegie, Marie Lillo, Shearlean Duke
Peggy Rea, character actress on TV series, dies at 89; Tom Carnegie, voice of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dies at 91; Marie Lillo, actress on stage and television, dies at 81; Shearlean Duke, former Times features writer and editor, dies at 64
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