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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