"Shrieking Violet" Peggy Moran

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Mon Nov 4 07:33:40 UTC 2002

   This obituary is from today's (Monday's) NEW YORK TIMES, but it's been in 
other newspapers for a few days now.
   Is "shrieking violet" a "shrinking violet" variant that OED wants 
recorded?  Or the HDAS?  I can check her clipping file at the Lincoln Center 
Library, and look for the term on LOS ANGELES TIMES full text when that 
becomes available soon.
Peggy Moran, 84, 'Shrieking Violet' Known for 1940's Horror Films, Dies


AMARILLO, Calif., Nov. 3 — Peggy Moran, who made more than 30 horror and 
western films in the 1930's and 1940's and was known as one of Hollywood's 
top "shrieking violets," died here Oct. 25. She was 84.

The cause was complications from injuries she sustained in an automobile 
accident, said her son, Peter Koster of Oakland, Calif.

Ms. Moran's reputation was made by a handful of popular horror movies, 
including "The Mummy's Hand" (1940) and "Horror Island" (1941). She also 
appeared in "Ninotchka" (1939), which starred Greta Garbo.

While under contract to Warner Brothers and Universal, Ms. Moran made dozens 
of B films. She also starred opposite Gene Autry in "Rhythm of the Saddle" 
and with Roy Rogers in "King of the Cowboys." She was a co-star in many 
comedies, including "One Night in the Tropics," which was Abbott and 
Costello's screen debut.

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