THIS IS THE LIFE star PEGGY RYAN has died from complications caused by two strokes, at the age of 80.

The veteran actress and dancer passed away on Saturday (30OCT04) in Las Vegas, Nevada's Sunrise Hospital, leaving behind her daughter KERRY ENGLISH, son SEAN SHERMAN, and five grandchildren.

Ryan famously starred in more than two dozen movie musicals including CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME and MISTER BIG and was well-known for her cinematic work with dance partner DONALD O'CONNOR.

The star made her acting debut in TV police series Hawaii Five-O in 1969 and ended her successful film career in 1953 with her final movie ALL ASHORE with Mickey Rooney.

02/11/2004 21:12