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Acting Teacher Dies In Fiery, Head-On Car Wreck

November 24, 1985 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Acting teacher Peggy Feury, whose students included Sean Penn, Lily Tomlin and Meg Tilly, died of multiple injuries during a fiery head-on car crash, authorities said Saturday.

″Multiple, traumatic injuries were the cause of death,″ said Bill Gold, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. ″She also suffered severe burns. We had to use dental X-rays″ to identify the body.

Feury, 61, who was listed on her death certificate by her married name, Margaret Traylor, died Wednesday night during a head-on collision in West Los Angeles that injured two other people.


Police said her car was headed north in the southbound lane of Sepulveda Boulevard when it collided with two southbound vehicles. A fourth car slammed into the wreckage.

″Toxicological tests for alcohol and other drugs will be conducted, with the results expected in a week or more,″ Gold said.

Feury and her husband, William Traylor, were co-directors of the Loft Studio in Los Angeles. In addition to Penn, Miss Tomlin and Miss Tilly, Feury’s acting students included Nicholas Cage, Michelle Pfeiffer, Melissa Gilbert, Hart Bochner and Michelle Meyrink.

″She was an extraordinary teacher,″ said Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, where a memorial service will be held Tuesday. ″She was probably the pre-eminent acting teacher in her field.″

Besides her husband, Feury is survived by two daughters.