Peggy O'Neill Video

Mary Ellen, and her Uncle sing the chorus from "That's Peggy O'Neill"

Peggy O’Neil, was an actress and theater performer who was once so popular that she inspired a hit song.

She was born Margaret O’Neil on June 16, 1898 in Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Her family immigrated to America when she was a child, settling in Buffalo, New York. She began performing when still young and in 1910 made her professional stage debut in Chicago as a dancer in 'The Sweetest Girl in Paris.'

In 1921, O’Neil inspired Harry Pease, Edward G Nelson, and Gilbert Dodge (two of whom were reportedly trying to court the actress who never married) to write a song in her honor.

If her eyes are blue as skies, that's Peggy O'Neil
If she's smiling all the while, that's Peggy O'Neil
If she walks like a sly little rogue
If she talks with a cute little brogue
Sweet personality full of rascality
That's Peggy O'Neil

With its sweet melody and Irish tones, “Peggy O’Neil” proved to be a huge hit and at the Savoy Theater in London, the song was played between the show's acts.

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