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Peggy Rea
Peggy Rea
Peggy Rea guest stars as Bertha Bunker, wife of Archie's recently deceased cousin Oscar, in the episode "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" at the start of Season 2.
Personal Information
Birthname: Peggy Jane Rea
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Deathplace: Toluca Lake, California, U.S.
Years active: 1953–1998
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Character played: Bertha Bunker in "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" (Season 2)
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Peggy Jane Rea (March 31, 1921 – February 5, 2011)[1] was a veteran actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters.[2] Rea left UCLA to attend business school, landing a job as a production secretary at MGM in the 1940s. Peggy is best known for her supporting role on the CBS-TV series The Dukes of Hazzard as Lulu Coltrane-Hogg, the wife of Boss Hogg and the sister of Sherriff Rosco P. Coltrane. She made a guest appearance on All in the Family as Cousin Bertha also the cousin of Archie's recently departed cousin Oscar, who died while staying in the Bunker's home in the episode "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" at the start of Season 2.


She appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Hazel, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko, Ironside, Burke's Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., All In The Family, Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, Busting Loose, and MacGyver [1]

Peggy appeared in feature films, including Cold Turkey and In Country. She joined the cast of The Waltons in 1979, her character brought in to fill the void created by the departures several key cast members; she remained on that show through its 1981 cancellation. She was a regular on the sitcom Grace Under Fire during the 1990s.


Her recurring roles included:

  • Peggy on Have Gun Will Travel
  • Miss Roniger on Gunsmoke
  • Cousin Bertha on All in the Family
  • Martha Burkhorn on All in the Family
  • Rose Burton on The Waltons
  • Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Ivy Baker on Step by Step
  • Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire


She died in Toluca Lake, California, aged 89, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on February 5, 2011, one month before her 90th birthday.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "[[1] PASSINGS: Peggy Rea]", Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2011. 
  2. Peggy Rea, TV Actress With Matronly Aura, Dies at 89 New York Times, February 11, 2011; page B15.
  3. Book of the Dead website giving Rea's cause of death as ALS

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