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Peggy Pope
Peggy Pope
Credits
Role Gretchen Millhauser
Biographical Information
Birth Name Florence Margaret Pope
Birthdate May 15, 1929
Birthplace Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Death Date May 27, 2020 (age 91)
Death Place Fort Collins, Colorado, United States[1]

Peggy Pope played overly permissive mother Gretchen Millhauser in the fourth season episode, "Playmates" (1968).

Biography[]

Character actor Peggy Pope was born as Florence Margaret Pope in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated from Smith College with a major in theater in 1951. She first appeared on Broadway with Wally Cox in “Moonbirds” in 1959 and starred with Jimmy Stewart in a 1970 revival of “Harvey” on Broadway.

Pope won an Obie in 1968 for her portrayal of a sex worker in John Guare’s “Muzeeka.” She also starred in a revival of “The Rose Tattoo” with Maureen Stapleton, “The School of Wives” with Brian Bedford and “Doctor Jazz” with Lola Falana.

Pope was best known for her portrayal of the alcoholic office secretary, Margaret, in “9 to 5,” using the catchphrase “Atta girl” to encourage her co-workers played by Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Pope later appeared on the ABC series adaptation of the movie. In 2011, Pope published her autobiography, “Atta Girl: Tales from a Life in the Trenches of Show Business.”

“It was a good movie and a good part,” she wrote in the book. “At the end, my character comes back from rehab, hair combed, looking spiffy and ready for the sequel. Underdogs climbing to the top is a fine formula, and it’s always good to be in at the end of a film so people remember you were in it.”

Pope also portrayed Mrs. David on the ABC sitcom “Soap” and appeared in the CBS sitcoms “Calucci’s Department” and “Billy.” Her other television credits included Bewitched,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Hart to Hart,” “Hill Street Blues,” “The Golden Girls,” “Night Court” and “ER.” Her movie credits included “All Night Long,” “The Last Starfighter,” “Once Bitten,” “The Substitute” and “Choke".

Peggy Pope died on May 27, 2020, in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was 91.[2]

References[]

  1. Peggy Pope on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on July 29, 2020.
  2. McNary, Dave. "Peggy Pope, the Comedic Secretary in ‘9 to 5’, Dies at 91", Variety, June 2, 2020. Retrieved on July 30, 2020, edited.
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