Peggy Cummins, star of ‘Gun Crazy,’ dies at 92

Peggy Cummins, star of the 1950 film noir classic “Gun Crazy,” died in London on Friday. She was 92.

The actress died of a stroke, her friend, Dee Kirkwood told the Associated Press.

Cummins started her career in theater when she was 13 years old, taking the stage in London and quickly landing roles in British films, including “Old Mother Riley Detective” and “English Without Tears.” Darryl F. Zanuck, who was then-head of 20th Century Fox, brought her to the U.S. in 1945, where she starred  in “Moss Rose” and “Escape.”

Her big break came with the thriller “Gun Crazy,” where she played Annie Laurie Starr, a sharpshooter in a traveling carnival who seduces Barton Tare (played by John Dall) to marry her and join her in a life of crime. The film was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry in 1998 because of its significance. “Gun Crazy” went on to inspire “Bonnie and Clyde” and the French new wave.

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circa 1943: Peggy Cummins (1925 - ), the British teenage film actress and later leading lady. She was called to Hollywood to appear in 'Amber', but was then turned down because she lacked 'sex-appeal'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Dana Andrews and Welsh-born Irish actress Peggy Cummins on the set of Night of the Demon, directed by Jacques Tourneur. (Photo by Columbia Pictures Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Circa 1945: Portrait of actress Peggy Cummins. (Photo by Bob Landry/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Circa 1945: Portrait of actress Peggy Cummins in costume for film role. (Photo by Bob Landry/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
25th October 1947: Rex Harrison (1908 - 1990) the British leading actor shares a joke with Peggy Cummins (1925 - ) during the filming of 'Escape' for TCF, directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz Original Publication: Picture Post - 4447 - Miss Cummins Visits Britain - pub 1947 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Peggy Cummins playing Alice in Lewis Carol's famous story, Alice In Wonderland. (Photo by Hans Wild/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Welsh actress Peggy Cummins, circa 1950. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Peggy Cummins embraces Richard Greene in a scene from the film 'If This Be Sin', 1949. (Photo by London Films/Getty Images)
Peggy Cummins holds hand with John Dall in a scene from the film 'Gun Crazy', 1950. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
A poster for Joseph H. Lewis' 1950 drama 'Gun Crazy' starring Peggy Cummins. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Actress Peggy Cummins (R) attends the after party for the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage) 22307_008_JS_0977.JPG
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Actress Peggy Cummins speaks onstage during the introduction of the film 'Gun Crazy' at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival - Day 2 at the Egyptian Theatre on April 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage) 22307_010_JM_1636.jpg
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Peggy Cummins (L) and Princess George Galitzine attend the drinks reception hosted by Dockers, the San Francisco based apparel brand, at Kensington Palace on the eve of 'Dockers Flannels For Heroes' cricket match on June 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Dockers)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Peggy Cummins attends the 'Dockers Flannels For Heroes' cricket match at Burton Court, Chelsea, on June 20, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Dockers)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Peggy Cummins (L) and Chris Cowdrey attend the 'Dockers Flannels For Heroes' cricket match at Burton Court, Chelsea, on June 20, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Dockers)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Peggy Cummins attends the Flannels for Heroes charity cricket match and garden party hosted by menswear brand Dockers at Burtons Court on June 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Dockers)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Vera Day(L) and Peggy Cummins attend the Flannels for Heroes charity cricket match and garden party hosted by menswear brand Dockers at Burtons Court on June 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Dockers)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Writer Eddie Muller and actress Peggy Cummins attend the screening of the the film 'Gun Crazy' at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival - Day 2 at the Egyptian Theatre on April 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage) 22307_010_JM_1748.jpg
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Cummins returned to England in 1950. Her last film role was in 1962 with “In the Doghouse,” though she made occasional TV appearances in the following years.

Born Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller in Wales and raised in Dublin, Cummins was the daughter of actress Margaret Cummins. She married William Herbert Derek Dunnett in 1950. He died in 2000.

She is survived by two children.

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