Penny Edwards, a teenage Broadway dancer who moved to Hollywood to make 68 motion pictures ranging from Westerns to comedies and appeared in more than 500 television episodes, has died. She was 70.
Edwards died Aug. 26 of lung cancer in Friendswood, Texas, said her daughter Deborah Winters.
The actress appeared in nearly a score of major Westerns, including six as leading lady to Roy Rogers when his wife, Dale Evans, took a film hiatus: "Trail of Robin Hood," "Spoilers of the Plains," "Heart of the Rockies," "In Old Amarillo," "North of the Great Divide" and "Sunset in the West."
She also played the sweetheart to cowboy heroes Rex Allen, Rocky Lane and Rory Calhoun.
But the perky blond rebelled at the sagebrush typecasting in 1953, telling The Times: "Let's face it, I'm not a cowgirl type. You'd never know it by looking at my last 14 pictures, but I'm a singer and a dancer."
Born Millicent Maxine Edwards in Jackson Heights, N.Y., Edwards hit Broadway at age 15 in the Ziegfeld Follies with Milton Berle. She went on to dance and sing in the shows "Let's Face It," "Laffing Room Only," "Marinka" and "The Duchess Misbehaves."