Southold actress Peg Murray and the many roles she played

06/29/2014 12:00 PM |
Tony-Award winning actress Peg Murray at home in Southold last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Tony-Award winning actress Peg Murray at home in Southold last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If “The Great Gatsby’s” Daisy Buchanan had a voice that was “full of money,” then Southold actress Peg Murray’s is filled with candor.

The 90-year-old Tony Award-winner was unabashedly honest on a recent afternoon as she recapped her experience at “Raising the Roof,” a star-studded benefit concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The gala was hosted June 9 by the National Yiddish Theatre at Town Hall in Manhattan.

“I helped organize [the event], but I didn’t have much to do professionally,” said Ms. Murray, who played Golde, the quintessential Jewish wife and mother, in the beloved musical from 1969 to 1971.

“They asked me to sing ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ with Chaim Topol [an Israeli actor who played “Tevye” ] and I said, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I can’t,’” she said. “Then I had to think about why I couldn’t. And the reason is that I don’t like him.”

She pointed to a pile of papers on a coffee table detailing her extensive body of work in theater and television.

“All those roles I took weren’t by happenstance,” she said. “I’m very picky about what I do. Always have been.”

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