Norma Deloris Egstrom

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Norma Deloris Egstrom was born in Jamestown, North Dakota back in 1920 to Marvin and Selma.  Her mother died when she was four and her father remarried.  She graduated from Wimbledon High School in 1937.  While in high school she was the female singer for a six-piece college dance band.

She sang professionally over the KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936.  At the age of 17 she left ho and traveled to Hollywood, California.  She found work on Balboa Island, Newport Beach as a short order cook and waitress at Harry’s Cafe.  In 1938, he fainted onstage due to overwork and an inadequate diet. She was taken to the hospital where she was told she needed a tonsillectomy.  She returned to North Dakota for the operation.

After she recovered she returned to California in 1940.  In 1942, she has her first number-one hit.  As they say the rest is history.  She was a regular on The Jimmy Durante Show and Bing Crosby’s radio shows.  She was also involved in the movies.  She stared in The Jazz Singer and Pete Kelly’s Blues.

While you may not recognize her birth name, surely, you’ve heard of her stage name, Peggy Lee.

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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - oh yes I remember her and now I am trying to remember one of her well know songs.

Apr 28, 2021 03:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Remember her music but have not heard the name in years. Enjoy your day 

Apr 28, 2021 03:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as you presented the background of this story, I began to recall knowing this information.   It's been years since I thought of Jamestown North Dakota but there are all sorts of examples of "six degrees of separation".   

Apr 28, 2021 04:14 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

The stage name brings back some memories of her music.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 28, 2021 05:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't recognize either name, but I am sure that if I share this with my Father he will recognize the name.

Apr 28, 2021 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Peggy Lee was simply awesome! An immediately recognizable voice, James.

Apr 28, 2021 05:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

As a North Dakota boy I knew this one just from reading her name @James. Thanks for telling others about one of North Dakotas stars.

Apr 28, 2021 05:34 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! What a great life and wonderful talent. Thank you

Apr 28, 2021 06:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 28, 2021 07:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Peggy Lee, "Is that all there is?" was her signature song.  Our good friend was managing her briefly.  We all flew to Las Vegas (Ceasar's Palace) to see her perform...We flew my mother out, as she was one of her favorites.  The two of them hit it off beautifully, and Mom ended up in her dressing room soothing her nerves and holding her hand.  A

Apr 28, 2021 07:24 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I would love to have seen California back in it's heyday. It must have been amazing.

Apr 28, 2021 07:34 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing the story of Peggy Lee.  She definitely has talent.

Apr 28, 2021 06:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had no idea that Peggy Lee was a stage name until I read your post this morning James. Thank you for sharing my friend 🙂

Apr 28, 2021 07:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, as I read the bio I kept saying Hmmm then when you said Peggy Lee...darn I should have known, but did not, Endre

Apr 28, 2021 11:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I knew of Peggy Lee and remember seeing her on television. And as I recall, I liked her voice. 

Apr 29, 2021 12:21 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is very fortunate that the surgery for removal of her tonsils did no harm to the singing voice that was later to make Peggy Lee famous.

Oct 06, 2021 05:23 PM