Actress Emily Peden

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 9, 2004

Can you tell me whatever happened to Emily Peden of the 1970s show The New Zoo Revue?

—Mike J., Washington, D.C.

She’s still married to New Zoo Revue co-star, and the show’s creator, Douglas Momary. They got the go-ahead for the show a few weeks before their wedding. New Zoo Revue ran from 1972 until 1975, but aired years later in reruns. When Emily and Doug started a family, Emily wanted to spend more time at home with the children. While their kids were growing up, she went back to school and earned her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and served as the education director at her church. Doug now operates a TV production company in Las Vegas and Emily serves as vice president of finance, but she’s also a devoted mom and grandmother, sixth-grade Sunday school teacher and church choir member. She also enjoys working on their farm. “It is truly a dream come true. Nothing can compare to the songs of meadowlarks in the pasture, sunsets that stretch across the horizon and the simple pleasures of country living,” she says. She and Doug often get recognized from their days on television. “We both have so many wonderful memories of those years, especially our visits to the White House,” Emily says. “Our NZR group was very close and we are still in touch with (the characters who played) Henrietta Hippo and Charlie the Owl.”