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Star of noir classic ‘Gun Crazy,’ dead at 92

Peggy Cummins
NEW YORK: Peggy Cummins, a Welsh-born stage and film actress who worked just a few years in Hollywood but left behind an indelible performance as the lethal, beret-wearing robber in the noir classic “Gun Crazy,” has died at age 92.
Cummins, who retired from acting in the early 1960s, died Friday in London at age 92. Her friend Dee Kirkwood said she died of a stroke.
A child star in England, Cummins was not yet 20 when brought to the US in 1945 by studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck to play the title role in an adaptation of one of the decade’s raciest novels, “Forever Amber.” The petite blonde was passed over in favor of Linda Darnell, allegedly because she was too young, but Cummins was most certainly of age for “Gun Crazy,” which came out in 1950.
In 1998, the Library of Congress selected “Gun Crazy” for preservation for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Cummins made just a handful of American movies, including “Escape” and “The Late George Apley,” before returning to England in 1950.

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