Person - Margaret Hetherington

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MARGARET HETHERINGTON

Then Peggy Purnell, Margaret was an art student who dropped off some paint when she accompanied a girlfriend to a rehearsal of Lawson. Persuaded to be in it, she ended up playing Dorrie Spicer and went on to act in, stage manage and design and make costumes for a few more NT productions including Office Interlude (playing a cheeky young character Peggy Sellen) 1944, The Eve of St Mark 1944, and A Physician in Spite of Himself 1944. She knew Will Lee (who became Sesame Street's Mr Hooper) when he was a US serviceman in wartime Sydney.

Margaret Purnell married Alfred Donald Owrid in 1949 and as Peggy Owrid sailed from England to Sydney on a fishing smack in 1952. In 1958 she married puppeteer Norman Frederick Hetherington; they settled at Mosman. Known as “Heth”, Norman was a cartoonist, leader of community singing and did lightning sketches in the Army Entertainment Unit in the Second World War. He is best known as the creator of the television cartoon character Mr Squiggle. Margaret wrote the Mr Squiggle scripts from the beginning of the show in 1959, and their daughter Rebecca was his on-screen “friend”.




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