Peggy Walton-Walker

Peggy Walton-Walker began her professional career in New York City while working on her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary and Juilliard.  Her first Off-Broadway play led to appearances doing comedy spots on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  A movie contract took her to Los Angeles where she found herself working opposite movie stars she had grown up admiring as a girl in Chickasaw, Alabama.  Her debut feature film was What’s the Matter with Helen starring Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters and Agnes Moorehead.   Her first commercials had her pitching for Texaco with Jack Benny, and then swooning over Frank Sinatra for Pontiac.  The television pilot for “McMillan and Wife” allowed her to look up to the handsome towering Rock Hudson whom she had thrilled over as a young teen.

Peggy has acted for nearly 40 years and worked with renowned directors such as Bruce Beresford in Last Dance with Sharon Stone, Norman Jewison in Best Friends with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn, John Avildson in For Keeps with Molly Ringwald, Stan Winston in Pumpkin Head, and most recently, George Hickenlooper in Factory Girl with Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce.

 Other recent films are Two Weeks starring Sally Field, Vampire Bats for CBS shot in New Orleans as Katrina was approaching, The Second Chance with Michael W Smith, The American Standards with James Brolin, and The Work and the Glory, a history of the Mormon faith.  TV films include Rainbow - The Judy Garland Story, The Other Side of Innocence, The Incredible Journey of Dr Meg Laurel, Big Rose, and Panache.   She has appeared on episodic television recurring in such roles as John Forsythe’s secretary, on Dynasty, and as Betsy Quartermaine, the murderous money grubbing wife, on General Hospital, and guest starring in many major television episodes.   She also played the voice of Marina the mermaid on The Smurfs in addition to voicing other animated cartoons.

 Peggy has done theatre from coast to coast including Woody Allen’s Play it Again Sam with Tommy Smothers, Catch Me if You Can with James Drury, Beginner’s Luck with Bob Crane, and Guys and Dolls with Joe Namath.  Favorite roles have been Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at The Tennessee Rep in Nashville, Both Sarah Brown and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in several productions, Fiona in How the Other Half Loves at Theatre 40 Beverly Hills, and the Folk Singer in Spoon River Anthology with the original Broadway cast.  She was recently seen playing an Argentine woman with breast cancer in The Clean House at Southern Rep in New Orleans, and as the drunk Mae Constance in the original production of Pink Collar Crime at The Jefferson Performing Arts Center.

 Peggy is also a screenwriter and had the pleasure of co-creating with Keith Walker, her late husband, the story and screenplay for the hit film, Free Willy.  She is currently working on a spiritual memoir of her experiences writing with her husband titled:  Keith/Keiko, the Miracle of Free Willy.