Peggy Shannon

Alicia Harvey
Working It to an End

After performing in The Follies, Peggy Shannon was groomed to be the next “It Girl” of 1931 (replacing Clara Bow who had experienced a nervous breakdown.)

She endured grueling 16-hr workdays, sometimes working on two films in one day. It’s no wonder that she became an alcoholic, which ended her acting career.

She died in 1941, of an alcohol-related heart attack, seated at her kitchen table. A month later, her husband killed himself in the same kitchen chair because he could not live without her.