Peg's short life was quite incredible. She was labelled a failure despite a successful career in theatre and appearing in ten shows in New York before the age of twenty-two as well as completing a play and a movie within six months of arriving in Hollywood; that is very impressive even by today's standards. To most she is known as a symbol of Hollywood tragedy - a failed actress who ended her life by jumping from the Hollywood sign on September 16th 1932... She was just 24 at the time.
There seems to be a small amount of interest regarding the final years of her life and why she chose to end it in the way that she did, not much is said about where she came from. Although born in Port Talbot, Wales, she spent her early childhood living in the Baron's Court area of London before moving to America at the age of 6.
Although officially English she lived and attended schools in New York and Los Angeles and easily settled into the American way of life. She appeared on stage for the first time aged 16 and was married by the time she was 18 to a man she had known for just 4 days. The marriage was short lived and a burden to Peg for the remaining years of her life.
In July 2011, I visited the location of her London home in Comeragh Road and was surprised to find that the locals in the pub opposite had never heard her name and were unaware, and not that interested, in the potential star who had once lived within a stone's throw of their community. Peg's life has been mentioned in a few low budget movies and was excellently covered in the Hope Anderson documentary 'Under the Hollywood Sign' but I feel that there could be a lot more interest in Peg and I am surprised that her story has not already been told in a major Hollywood movie.
This production was different to my other shows; previous productions having been based within ‘make-believe’ scenarios where anything can be scripted for entertainment purposes. This show needed to be dramatised with additional characters and scenes for the production to work. I do not claim that it will be 100% authentic and accurate; there simply isn't enough information out there and I didn't expect my entire audience to share my interest in the purely factual details of Peg's life and times.... although they did.