Peggy Feury (30 June 1924 — 20 November 1985) (born Margaret Feury) was an actress on Broadway, in films, and on television. She became a highly regarded acting teacher in New York and then in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she taught many notable students.
Peggy Feury, acting a part
June 30, 1924
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
November 20, 1985 (aged 61)|
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Peg Feury, Margaret Traylor|
|Children||Stephanie Feury, Susan Traylor|
Feury was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her father was Richard Feury; her mother, born in Ireland, was also Margaret Feury; and her younger sister was Elinor Feury. She graduated from Barnard College, then attended the Yale School of Drama, later studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
While at Yale, Feury met and then married her first husband, playwright Louis S. Peterson.[a] Less than a decade later, following their divorce and Feury's remarriage, Peterson's semi-autobiographical play Entertain a Ghost was produced, chronicling a deteriorating marriage between a fictional playwright and actress with obvious parallels to Peterson and Feury. The play received from the Village Voice a positive and detailed review that expressed the feeling that the production should have run longer. It described it as "a daring and deeply exploratory new play, the best damned failure I've seen in years".
As Margaret Feury she appeared on Broadway in Me and Molly; Sunday Breakfast (staged by noted acting teacher Stella Adler); Enter Laughing; Peer Gynt, starring John Garfield, Mildred Dunnock, and Karl Malden, directed by Lee Strasberg; The Grass Harp, directed by Actors Studio co-founder Robert Lewis; The Lady of the Camellias, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Chekov's Three Sisters, directed by Strasberg (with Feury eventually replacing Geraldine Page as Olga), and The Turn of the Screw. Off-Broadway she starred in Frank Wedekind's Earth Spirit at the Provincetown Playhouse.
Between 1956 and 1969, the Actors Studio undertook a project to record and archive work that was being done there, including performances of scenes from dramatic literature. These recordings have been archived as part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Feury participated in this project from its inception until her relocation to Los Angeles in December 1968.
Feury appeared in a number of television dramas beginning in the Golden Age of Television, including, in 1961, a significant role she played in “Murder is a Face I Know”, an episode from The Naked City, which can be found on the internet.
In November 1961, an early draft of the first scene of Edward Albee’s play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was presented on the public television program Playwright at Work. The characters George and Martha – which would later be originated on stage by Arthur Hill and Uta Hagen, and on screen by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – were portrayed by Shepperd Strudwick and Feury.
On October 2, 1977, Feury appeared in "Iowa," the second season premiere of Visions, PBS's Peabody Award-winning dramatic anthology series; it was also playwright Murray Mednick's television debut. The critical reaction was disappointment, but the actors fared better, Feury in particular. As the unwilling nursing home resident whose disjointed recollections provide her granddaughter an invaluable connection to her Iowa roots, Feury's portrayal was judged "[b]y far the best acting performance" by The Hartford Courant. Her performance, as the character veers "from family feeling to suspicion to self-absorbed recollection" – was noted by The Boston Globe, with The Los Angeles Times citing her "almost effortless grace" and "marvelous ferocity." Critic James Wolcott writes:
One scene teems with unruly life: Eileen visits her grandmother (Peggy Feury) in the nursing home, and the grandma's semi-senile outbursts have a crazy, cawing theatricality. "This is a cattle yard," says Feury's crone as the camera stares down the discarded people. "Bellowing, constant bellowing." Another patient – babbling "Operator, operator, operator" – is wheeled across the screen and grandma, like an Alice-in-Wonderland queen, issues a command: "Choke her!" This disreputably funny scene is capped when a nurse happens by and – perfect joke – turns out to be a Lily Tomlin lookalike.
Feury's film credits include Matt Cimber's The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), Richard C. Sarafian's The Next Man (1976) starring Sean Connery, Elia Kazan's film of The Last Tycoon (1976), starring Robert De Niro, Carl Reiner's All of Me (1984), starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion (1984), and Feury's final screen performance, in 1918 (1985), written by Horton Foote. A brief appearance in Donald Shebib's Heartaches (1981) was singled out by New York Times critic Vincent Canby: "That very fine actress Peggy Feury appears in a tiny but important scene as the doctor who advises Bonnie about a possible abortion."
By far Feury's most substantial film role (in terms of both sheer size and importance to a film's narrative) came in a little seen low-budget psychological horror film – John Ballard's Friday the 13th: The Orphan (1979), based on the short story Sredni Vashtar by Saki. In Nightmare USA (his 2007 study of lesser-known American exploitation filmmakers), Stephen Thrower writes:
Then there's Peggy Feury, a skilled and thoughtful actress who demonstrates here how she came to be one of the leading lights in her profession. (She taught acting at the Actors Studio, alongside Lee Strasberg.) The role of Aunt Martha is already well-written, but Feury brings her own amazingly subtle shadings to the part.
Feury was a charter member of the Actors Studio and frequently led sessions there when Lee Strasberg was unavailable. She also taught her own classes in the same building where Strasberg taught, behind Carnegie Hall.
In December 1968, at Strasberg's suggestion, Feury moved to Los Angeles with her husband William Traylor and their two daughters. After a brief stint teaching at Jack Garfein's Actors and Directors Lab, Feury helped establish the west coast branch of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she would double as instructor and artistic director  until 1973, when she and Traylor started their own acting school, the Loft Studio, on LaBrea Avenue.
Sean Penn was 18 when he arrived at the Loft; he remained for two years, attending class twenty-five hours a week. Feury's "very gentle," "very personal" approach quickly won over the fiercely independent young actor, as did her emphasis on discovering "how [to] bring yourself to the material rather than the material to you." To Anjelica Huston, who began her studies in 1981 at age 30, Feury was "a revelation," with "a vast knowledge of playwrights" and "an extraordinary gift for making one feel understood." Huston describes her teacher as "beautiful," " quite small and delicate," with a "half way to heaven look." On the other hand, notes Huston, Feury was "extremely intelligent and mordant, Irish, with certain very visceral preferences", and yet had "a way of commenting on a scene that was never destructive. [Even when] you knew she thought it was pretty terrible, she had a way of translating it positively to actors – her process was very reinforcing, I think."
Feury was occasionally called upon to coach an individual actor in a role, as she did Michelle Pfeiffer in Brian De Palma's Scarface (1983) and Lily Tomlin in her one-woman stage show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. The evolution of Tomlin's show formed the basis of a 1986 documentary in which Feury appeared posthumously; Tomlin dedicated the film to her memory.
From the mid 1970s  until her death, Feury and her students frequently showcased the work of playwright Horton Foote, presenting four of his plays in their entirety plus a number of individual scenes from Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle. In 1984, in her final film role, Feury was cast in the film version of Foote’s 1918, the seventh of The Orphans' Home Cycle's nine plays.
- Antero Alli, director
- Richard Dean Anderson
- Ed Begley Jr.
- Sam Behrens
- Hart Bochner
- Ellen Burstyn
- Nicolas Cage
- Dean Cameron
- James Cromwell
- Johnny Depp
- Laura Dern
- Hallie Foote
- Arthur French,
- Melissa Gilbert
- Crispin Glover
- Jeff Goldblum
- Lou Gossett Jr.
- John Gulager, filmmaker
- Marilyn Hassett
- Grainger Hines
- Anjelica Huston
- Joanna Kerns
- Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter
- Bruno Kirby
- Vonetta McGee
- Michelle Meyrink
- Taylor Miller
- Bobby Moresco,Oscar-winning screenwriter
- Annette O'Toole
- Sachi Parker
- Christopher Penn
- Sean Penn
- Michelle Pfeiffer
- Michelle Phillips
- Meg Ryan
- Albie Selznick
- Robert R. Shafer
- Charlie Sheen
- Eric Stoltz
- Meg Tilly
- Lily Tomlin
- Irene Tsu
- Kate Vernon
- Rosalie Williams
- Daphne Zuniga,
- Milcha Sanchez-Scott, playwright
Illness and deathEdit
Feury struggled with narcolepsy. When she would come out of one of its spells she could be lucid as though she had been alert during the episode. She died Wednesday, November 20, 1985 in a car accident, a head-on collision, in West Los Angeles.
Stage credits (partial listing)Edit
These are acting credits except where otherwise indicated.
|Opened||Closed||Title||Writer(s)||Company and/or Venue||Director(s)||Role|
|Me and Molly||Gertrude Berg
Music arr. - Lehman Engel
|Belasco Theatre||Ezra Stone||Vera Wertheimer (as Margaret Feury)|
|Cock-a-Doodle-Do ||Iris Tree
Music - Ned Rorem
|Lenox Hill Playhouse||Margaret Barker||Norah (as Margaret Feury)|
|The Closing Door ||Alexander Knox||Wilbur Theatre||Lee Strasberg||NA (as Margaret Feury)|
|Earth Spirit ||Frank Wedekind||Studio 7
|John Stix||Lulu (as Margaret Feury)|
|Peer Gynt||Henrik Ibsen
Adaptation - Paul Green
Incidental music - Lan Adomian
|ANTA Playhouse||Lee Strasberg||Ensemble (as Margaret Feury)|
|The Grass Harp ||Truman Capote
Music - Virgil Thomson
|Colonial Theatre||Robert Lewis||Choir Mistress (as Margaret Feury)|
|Sunday Breakfast||Emilio Rubio and Miriam Balf||Coronet Theatre||Stella Adler||Martha Decker (as Margaret Feury)|
|Make Momma Happy ||George Baxt||Laketside Theatre (in Lake Hopatcong Landing)||NA||Norma Talmadge Greenwald (as Margaret Feury)|
|Make Momma Happy ||George Baxt||Parsons Theatre (in Hartford, CT)||NA||Norma Talmadge Greenwald (as Margaret Feury)|
|Make Momma Happy ||George Baxt||Walnut Street Theatre||NA||Norma Talmadge Greenwald (as Margaret Feury)|
|A Hatful of Rain ||Michael V. Gazzo||The Actors Studio||Frank Corsaro||Putski|
|Three Players of a Summer Game ||Tennessee Williams||White Barn Theatre||Henry Hewes||NA (as Peg Feury)|
|The Man With the Golden Arm||Jack Kirkland||Cherry Lane Theatre||Louis MacMillan||Zosh|
|Volpone ||Ben Jonson
Stefan Zweig - Adaptation
|Boston Summer Theater
New England Mutual Hall
|Picnic ||William Inge||Coconut Grove Playhouse||Albert Lipton||NA|
|The Innocents ||William Archibald
Henry James - Novel
Alex North - Music
|Gramercy Arts Theatre||Harvey Cort||Miss Giddens|
|Sweet Bird of Youth ||Tennessee Williams||Gateway Playhouse||David Sheldon||Alexandra Del Lago, the Princess Kosmonopolis (as Peg Feury)|
|The Lady of the Camellias||Giles Cooper
Adaptation - Terrence McNally
Novel - Alexandre Dumas, fils
Music - Ned Rorem
|Winter Garden Theater||Franco Zeffirelli||Jeanne|
|Antony and Cleopatra||William Shakespeare
Music - David Amram
|New York Shakespeare Festival
|The Three Sisters||Anton Chekhov
Randall Jarrell - English version
|The Actors Studio Theatre
|Lee Strasberg||Olga (Replacement for Geraldine Page)|
|Drums in the Night||Bertolt Brecht
Translation - Frank Jones
|Circle in the Square Downtown||Theodore Mann||Emily Balicke|
|The Exercise||Lewis John Carlino||John Golden Theatre||Alfred Ryder||The Actress (Standby for Anne Jackson)|
|La boheme ||Libretto - Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Music - Giacomo Puccini
|Lyric Opera Assn. of Orange County
|Peggy Feury||Directed by|
|Old Man ||Horton Foote - adaptation
William Faulkner - Story
|Loft Studio Theatre (in Los Angeles)||Peggy Feury||Directed by|
|Totem Pole (World Premiere)||Paul Smith||Los Angeles Actors' Theater||Gennaro Montanino||Mrs. Goss|
|The Man Who Climbed the Pecan Trees (World Premiere)||Horton Foote||Loft Studio Theatre (in Los Angeles, CA)||William Traylor||Mrs. Campbell|
|Blind Date (World Premiere)||Horton Foote||Loft Studio Theatre (in Los Angeles, CA)||Peggy Feury||Directed by|
|Cousins (World Premiere)||Horton Foote||Loft Studio (in Los Angeles, CA)||William Traylor
|Corella Davenport (and Directed by)|
- Peterson first came to prominence in 1953 with the production of his play, the coming-of-age tale, Take a Giant Step. Peterson would go on to write scripts for TV and film.
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- The New York Times Theater Reviews, Volume 7: 1960 - 1966. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times. 1966. p. 167.
- Bordman, Gerald. American Theatre : A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1930–1969. Oxford University Press (1996) page 273. ISBN 9780195358087
- Nathan, George Jean. The Theatre Book of the Year, 1947–1948: A Record and an Interpretation. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press (1975) page 306. ISBN 9780838611760
- Sunday Breakfast. Internet Broadway Database
- Francis, Bob. "'Sunday Breakfast': Review". The Billboard. 7 June 1952. "[The Deckers] seem a scurvy lot of thoroughly uninteresting folk [but] good actors have taken on the Decker family chores [including] Margaret Feury as [Decker's] shrewish, self-centered wife."]
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- University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
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- McNally, Owen. "TV: New 'Iowa' Taps Roots Theme". The Hartford Courant. October 1, 1977. "No doubt 'Iowa' is far superior to most TV fare. But 'Visions' isn't to be judged by that sort of pathetic measure. The Peabody-Award-winning series has to be judged by its own very high standards of excellence."
- McNally, Owen. "TV: New 'Iowa' Taps Roots Theme". The Hartford Courant. October 1, 1977. "By far the best acting performance is turned in by Peggy Feury as the grandmother. She makes the old woman's recollections of Iowa credible and displays a fine, irascible edge whenever she comes on strong like a harridan or a Hamlet feigning madness."
- Henry 3rd, William A.. "'Iowa' Play Leads Series". The Boston Globe. October 1, 1977. "If, as Yeats once suggested, every play is written for the sake of a single scene, 'Iowa' was written for the tender scene between a sensitive girl recovering from a breakdown and her tough, addled grandmother. The old woman veers from family feeling to suspicion to self-absorbed recollection of her girlhood - recollection from which the granddaughter somehow draws a sense of her own continuity and place. [...] The performances, however, are remarkable, particularly by Carol Fox as the girl and Peggy Feury as the grandmother."
- Smith, Cecil. "Dramas Mark the Greene-ing of Sunday Eve". The Los Angeles Times. September 28, 1977. pp. "Under Rick Benewitz's direction, it is performed with an almost effortless grace, most memorably in the fury of Peggy Feury. [...] Grandma's not dead; she's been moved to a rest home, where she lives amid other blank-eyed old people waiting for death. She's played with marvelous ferocity by Peggy Feury, a snarling whirlwind of an old woman with an Irish brogue in a wheelchair, hiding the chocolates she lives on under her shawl."
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- Images of Peggy Feury on the set of 1918. SMU Central University Libraries: Horton Foote Photographs and Manuscripts.
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- Burstyn, Ellen. Lessons in Becoming Myself
- Oakley, James. "Susan Traylor's LA Story". Interview Magazine. July 11, 2012. "So after my dad came to Los Angeles, Lee suggested she go out too, because he wanted to open a teaching studio there. She brought us out and surprised my dad. [...] It was Christmastime, and we were so sad because there was no snow. My sister and I took soap and put it all over the Christmas tree. Susan Strasberg was living in the Colony, but she was going to Italy to make a movie, so she let us stay in her house while she was away." See also:
- Strasberg, Susan. "Part Four". Bittersweet. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. pp. 250-251. ISBN 0-399-12447-0. "When I returned to Los Angeles, I found a home in Malibu Colony, a private group of about seventy-five houses. [...] No sooner had we settled into this paradise than I was offered not one but two films in Europe; one to be shot in Italy, the other in France. [...] Two old friends, Peggy and Bill Trayler [sic], had decided to come to California with their daughters, Susan and Stephanie. They needed a place to stay, so I sublet my home to them. [...] The film, The Sisters, was about two siblings, very melodramatic and Italian, but I enjoyed the work in spite of the plot."
- 'La Sorelle' Release Info: Also Known As". IMDb.
- "Actors and Directors Lab Announces Its New Summer Schedule". The Los Angeles Times. July 27, 1969.
- "Strasberg to Evaluate Drama Problems". The Upland News. June 15, 1972.
- Kelly, Richard T. (2005). Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Canongate U.S. ISBN 9781841957395 (2005) page 59.
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- Huston, Anjelica. "The Big Fabulous". Vanity Fair. December 2014. "Eventually I began working with Peggy Feury, of the Loft Studio. I was, at 30, the oldest person in her novice class. For the next couple of years, every day, five days a week, I drove from my house to her studio on La Brea."
- Huston, Anjelica. Watch Me: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster (2014). p. 128–129. ISBN 9781476760353.
- "Stone and Others Talk 'Scarface': Article in December Issue of 'Playboy' Covers the Making of De Palma Classic". De Palma a la Mod. December 8, 2011. "[Steven] Bauer says, De Palma 'made Michelle feel like a scared, lonely little girl in a world of men. He did the right thing, but it was hard to watch. That poor girl was always alone, always on edge, very vulnerable, brave but alone in her performance. She lived on the phone with her acting coach Peggy Feury. She needed some kind of lifeline.'"
- Leonard, John. "Television: Mother of Invention". New York Magazine. 5 October 1987.
- Tomlin, Lily. "‘People Would Look at Me … Horror-Stricken’". wowOwow. June 11, 2008. "[A]t the end I had begun studying with Peggy Feury who was a studio actress who had come out to the West Coast to found the West Coast chapter of The Studio. She and I were in “All of Me” together, and we just became great friends. And I was sort of possessive of her; I could hire her privately and she would work with me and we became like girlfriends. And then I’d feel so self-conscious and pig-like when I’d see her in class sometimes, because I felt like I was so close to her. And everybody revered her. They adored her."
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Cast: Norma Talmadge Greenwald - Peg Feury, Mrs. Greenwald - Molly Picon, Alfred Greenwald - Jacob Kalich, Jackie Coogan Greenwald - Mark Rydell, Becky Moscowitz - Dolores Sutton, Tessie Moskowitz - Dorie Warren, Mrs. Moskowitz - Anna Appel
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In the summer of 1954, A Hatful of Rain was presented at the Studio for five performances.
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