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March 24, 2021

30 Vintage Photos of Peggy Hopkins Joyce in the 1910s and ’20s

Born 1893 as Marguerite Upton in Berkley, Virginia, American actress, artist’s model and dancer Peggy Hopkins Joyce made her Broadway debut in 1917 in the Ziegfeld Follies, followed by an appearance in the Shuberts’ A Sleepless Night.


Joyce appeared in her second film, The Skyrocket (1926), which provoked the Wisconsin state legislature into introducing a bill to allow censorship of all movies entering the state. In any event, the film was a box office failure.

In 1930, Joyce published a ghostwritten, “tell-all” book reputedly taken from her steamy diary entries. Men, Marriage and Me advised, “True love was a heavy diamond bracelet, preferably one that arrived with its price tag intact.” In 1933, Joyce played herself in the ramshackle film, International House, which contained some good-natured joshing about her love life.

In addition to her performing career, Joyce was known for her flamboyant life, with numerous engagements, four marriages to wealthy men, subsequent divorces, a series of scandalous affairs, a collection of diamonds and furs, and a generally lavish lifestyle.

Joyce died in 1957 at the age of 64.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Peggy Hopkins Joyce in the 1910s and 1920s.


































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