Oscar Actors: Lee, Peggy in Pete Kelly's Blues

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This was Peggy Lee's fourth film, having appeared (also as a singer), in two films before making a dramatic debut in the second version of “The Jazz Singer,” in 1950.

Playing a singer named Rose Hopkins, Lee's most memorable line was: “Well, there won't ever be no patter of little feet in my house-unless I was to rent some mice.”

For “Pete Kelly's Blues,” Lee was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar in a contest that included Jo Van Fleet, who won for playing a madam and James Dean's estranged mother in Kazan's drama “East of Eden,” Betsy Blair in “Marty,” Marisa Pavan in “The Rose Tattoo,” and Natalie Wood in “Rebel Without a Cause.”