Cynthia Pepper

Cynthia Pepper (born Cynthia Anne Culpepper,[citation needed] September 4, 1940) is an American actress whose principal work was accomplished during the early 1960s.

Cynthia Pepper
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Pepper as Margie, 1962.
Cynthia Anne Culpepper

(1940-09-04) September 4, 1940 (age 80)
OccupationActress (Margie Clayton on ABC's Margie)
Years active1958-2005
Mervyn L. Edwards
(m. 1960; div. 1968)

James Pazillo
(m. 1969; div. 1996)

Early yearsEdit

Born in Hollywood, California, Culpepper is the daughter of entertainer Jack Pepper (Edward Jackson Culpepper, 1902–1979), and Pepper's second wife, Dawn.[1] Her mother was a dancer.[2]

After she graduated from Hollywood High School, Pepper worked as a model and typist and took night classes at Los Angeles City College.[2]


When she was 18, Pepper appeared on an episode of Divorce Court on television.[2]

In 1960, Pepper appeared in three episodes of two ABC/Warner Brothers detective series, Bourbon Street Beat, with Andrew Duggan and Richard Long, and 77 Sunset Strip with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes.[citation needed]

In 1960-1961, she was cast as next-door teenager Jean Pearson, the romantic interest of young Mike Douglas in My Three Sons.[1] The next year, Pepper starred in her own 26-week series, Margie, in the role of the Roaring Twenties teenager Margie Clayton.[1] Pepper was 21 when Margie began.[citation needed]

On February 2, 1962, Pepper appeared as herself on the program Here's Hollywood with hostess Helen O'Connell..[citation needed] After Margie, Pepper appeared in 1964 as PFC Midge Riley with Elvis Presley in the film Kissin' Cousins. In 2002-2003, she appeared in television documentaries about Presley’s life and recalled her own experiences with him.[citation needed]

On December 2, 1963, Pepper appeared as Paula, the daughter of Sandra Cummings (Rhonda Fleming) on the ABC western series, Wagon Train in "The Sandra Cummings Story".

In 1964, Pepper returned to My Three Sons for a final guest appearance. In the story line, she returns to fictitious Bryant Park to see Mike Douglas one more time but learns that Mike is engaged to Sally Ann Morrison. That year she also appeared on Perry Mason as Annalee Fisher in "The Case of the Drifting Dropout." Thereafter, her roles were limited to guest appearances on such series as The Addams Family with John Astin, Julia with Diahann Carroll and Lloyd Nolan, The Flying Nun with Sally Field, and the short-lived The Jimmy Stewart Show in 1972.[citation needed]

She is retired from television and film but still makes personal appearances arranged through her website.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Pepper has been married twice. Her first marriage was in April, 1960 in Los Angeles to Mervyn L. Edwards. They were divorced in Los Angeles in July, 1968. Pepper's second marriage was to James M. Pazillo on September 6, 1969 in Los Angeles. Their marriage lasted until 1996. Pepper has one son, Michael L. Edwards (b. August 18, 1965), and resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Cozad, W. Lee (2006). More Magnificent Mountain Movies: The Silver Screen Years 1940-2004 (1st ed.). Lake Arrowhead, California, USA: Rim of the World Historical Society Publication. p. 238. ISBN 0972337229.
  2. ^ a b c Langley, Frank (April 21, 1962). "Cynthia Pepper: Perfect Teenager?". Press and Sun-Bulletin. New York, Binghamton. p. 29}. Retrieved July 29, 2020 – via
  3. ^ Official Cynthia Pepper Web Site Archived 2008-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ - Cynthia Pepper - 67 - Fille - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Archived 2008-11-14 at the Wayback Machine

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