Thesp made over 30 horror and Western films

Peggy Moran, who made more than 30 horror and Western films in the 1930s and 1940s and was once dubbed one of Hollywood’s top “shrieking violets,” died Oct. 25 in Camarillo, Calif., of complications from injuries suffered in an Aug. 26 car accident. She was 84.

Moran’s reputation was made by a handful of popular horror movies, including 1940’s “The Mummy’s Hand” and 1941’s “Horror Island.”

“The Mummy’s Hand” later proved popular on cable TV, reviving her popularity with horror fans. She played one of a group of explorers searching for the tomb of an Egyptian princess.

She appeared at conventions around the country and last year was invited to the premiere of Universal’s “The Mummy Returns,” starring Brendan Fraser.

Among her other film roles were with Gene Autry in “Rhythm of the Saddle” and Roy Rogers in “King of the Cowboys.” She also appeared in comedies such as “One Night in the Tropics,” Abbott and Costello’s screen debut.

Her movie career ended when she married director Harry Koster, who made “Harvey,” starring James Stewart, and “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Cary Grant and David Niven.

Moran said Koster never delivered on his promise to put her in his films — except for a bust of her head that appeared in every movie he made after they wed.

Harry Koster died in 1988. She is survived by a son and stepson.

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