Baby Peggy

as Herself in the movie Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room

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Real name is Peggy-Jean Montgomery
Was born at 29 October 1918 (now is 100 years old) in San Diego, California, USA

Silent moppet star 'Jackie Coogan' , immortalized as'Charles Chaplin' 's The Kid (1921) , had only one screenrival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on SunsetBoulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19-months-old and went onto appear in nearly 150 shorts (between 1920 and 1923) and nine featurefilms during her silent heyday. Often considered a precursor to'Shirley Temple' , Baby Peggy's most popular film vehicle was thechild classic Captain January (1924) , which would be made adecade later as a vehicle for Temple. She was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery in 1918 of acting stock.

Her father,'Jack Montgomery (I)' , was a cowboy for years all over the westernstates. He ended up in the movies as a stuntman and extra drivingstagecoaches and buckboards. He supported himself as'Tom Mix (I)' 's double, but never achieved the rugged stardom heyearned for himself. In fact, his daughter was the one who became thecelebrity and breadwinner. Many of Baby Peggy's popular comedies wereparodies of movies that grown-up stars had made, and she delightfullyimitated such legends as 'Rudolph Valentino (I)' ,'Pola Negri' , 'Mary Pickford' and 'Mae Murray (I)' .

Herfirst feature-length film was Penrod (1922) ; her first film withUniversal, The Darling of New York (1923) , shot when she was3-1/2-years-old, was a solid hit. A few more, including Helen's Babies (1924) , were also certifiable winners. However,by the age of 8, she was finished. Her fortune reportedly was depletedby her parents (similar to the 'Jackie Coogan' situation) and,within a short time, she was forced to turn to the vaudeville circuitfor survival. A comeback in early talkies with the new moniker "PeggyMontgomery" was very short-lived.

Her credits, as a result, are oftenmixed with another actress named "Peggy Montgomery", who was a westerningénue for many years. The former child star lived in dire straits andsuffered from nervous breakdowns and near-poverty for many years untilshe found a new and unexpectedly successful career as a book publisherand writer, using the pseudonym "Diana Serra Cary". As the author of"Hollywood Posse" (1975) and (later) "Hollywood's Children", shecommented on her youthful career, post-stardom years, child stars ingeneral, and Hollywood history in all its fascinating glory. Her ownautobiography "Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy?" was released in 1996. .

There is some small facts about Baby Peggy:
  • Daughter of actor 'Jack Montgomery (I)'
  • Birth name is sometimes erroneously reported as "Margaret Montgomery." In her autobiography, Diana Serra Cary confirms that her real name was in fact Peggy-Jean, and that the suggestion of the name Margaret was actively rejected by her parents.
  • Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by 'Tom Goldrup' and 'Jim Goldrup' (McFarland, 2002).
  • She reportedly made at least $2 million in her early career but her parents' bad management and free spending left her in poverty. This resulted in several nervous breakdowns in her young adulthood.
  • Has an older sister, called Louise or, occasionally, Jackie, who was legally named Jack-Louise.
  • She was named the mascot of the 1924 Democratic Convention in New York, and stood on stage waving a flag next to 'Franklin D. Roosevelt' .
  • (2010) Profiled in "American Classic Screen Profiles" by 'John C. Tibbetts' and 'James Welch (II)' .
  • Interviewed as one of 31 former child stars "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car)" by Moore, Dickie (984, Harper & Row).
  • In 2012 a documentary on her life was released, "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room".
  • In 2012 a campaign was started to get Baby Peggy a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame via Indiegogo.
  • Son Mark was born in 1961. She had previously been told that she couldn't have children. She also has a granddaughter who strongly resembles her.
  • Writer of Hollywood history under the name Diana Serra Cary.
  • (November 2008) Honored at a 90th Birthday Bash at the Edison Theatre in Niles, California; on Saturday 8 November 2008, two of her features, Helen's Babies (1924) and Captain January (1924) , along with several of her short comedies, were shown, each of them introduced by Baby Peggy. The next day, on Sunday afternoon 9 November 2008, a Q&A session with author 'David Stenn' completed the celebration.
  • Has had a long association with the historic Vista Theater in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. As a four-year-old, she participated in the theater's opening ceremony in 1923. It has been refurbished and reopened twice, and Peggy appeared at both re-openings. In 2003, during the Silverlake Silent Film Festival, Peggy's handprints were made (Chinese Theater-style) in the entrance of the theater.
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There is the list of movies, where Baby Peggy was taked part:
1 Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room movie Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room 2012 as Herself
2 Little Miss Hollywood movie Little Miss Hollywood 1923 as Little Miss Hollywood
3 Little Miss Mischief movie Little Miss Mischief 1922 as Little Miss Mischief
4 Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 14-F movie Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 14-F 1921 as Herself
5 Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 3 movie Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 3 1922 as Herself
6 Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 3 movie Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 3 1923 as Herself
7 A Girl of the Limberlost movie A Girl of the Limberlost 1934 as School bully
8 A Muddy Bride movie A Muddy Bride 1921 as Baby Peggy
9 Ah, Wilderness! movie Ah, Wilderness! 1935 as Schoolgirl at Graduation
10 April Fool movie April Fool 1926 as Irma Goodman - a Child
11 Behind the Scenes movie Behind the Scenes 1924 as Herself
12 Brownies Little Venus movie Brownies Little Venus 1921 as Peggy
13 Captain January movie Captain January 1924 as Captain January
14 Carmen, Jr. movie Carmen, Jr. 1923 as Peggy
15 Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic movie Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic 2004 as Herself - Interviewee
16 Child Stars: Their Story movie Child Stars: Their Story 2000 as Herself
17 Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl movie Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl 1999 as Herself - Clara's Co-Star in 'Helen's Babies' 1924
18 Clara Bow: Hollywoods Lost Screen Goddess movie Clara Bow: Hollywoods Lost Screen Goddess 2012 as Herself - Former Child Star
19 Eight Girls in a Boat movie Eight Girls in a Boat 1934 as Hortense
20 Fools Paradise movie Fools Paradise 1921 as Child
21 Fools First movie Fools First 1922 as Little girl
22 Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films movie Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films 2011 as Herself
23 Girl 27 movie Girl 27 2007 as Herself
24 Girls Dormitory movie Girls Dormitory 1936 as Student
25 Hansel and Gretel movie Hansel and Gretel 1923 as Gretel
26 Having Wonderful Time movie Having Wonderful Time 1938 as Camp Guest
27 Helens Babies movie Helens Babies 1924 as Toddie
28 Hollywood movie Hollywood 1923 as Herself
29 Hollywood on Parade movie Hollywood on Parade 1932 as Herself
30 Hollywood on Parade No. A-3 movie Hollywood on Parade No. A-3 1933 as Herself
31 Hollywoods Children movie Hollywoods Children 1982 as Herself
32 Life in Hollywood No. 3 movie Life in Hollywood No. 3 1927 as Herself
33 Miles of Smiles movie Miles of Smiles 1923 as The Twins (dual role)
34 Off His Base movie Off His Base 1932 as Peggy
35 Peg o the Mounted movie Peg o the Mounted 1924 as Peg
36 Peg o the Movies movie Peg o the Movies 1923 as Peg
37 Peggy, Behave! movie Peggy, Behave! 1922 as Peggy
38 Penrod movie Penrod 1922 as Baby Rennsdale
39 Poor Kid movie Poor Kid 1924 as Peggy
40 Souls at Sea movie Souls at Sea 1937 as Minor Role
There is the list of some articles of Baby Peggy:
  • "The Independent" (UK), 11 January 2006, Iss. 6002, pg. 34-35, by: Geoffrey Macnab, Charlotte Cripps, "The million dollar baby. She was earning $1m a movie, but was burnt out by the age of 10. Now 87, 'Baby Peggy' is the last surviving starlet of the golden era of silent film. And she's finally talking"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 4 April 1925, pg. 492, "'Baby' Peggy Montgomery"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 8 March 1924, pg. 115, "Baby Peggy Soon to Appear in Second Starring Vehicle"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 10 November 1923, pg. 218, "Baby Peggy's Charms Capture New Yorkers on Her Birthday"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 7 July 1923, pg. 86, "Baby Peggy Reaches Ruture Stardom"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 2 June 1923, pg. 422, "Baby Peggy's Latest"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 17 March 1923, pg. 364, "'Baby Peggy A Genius"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 25 November 1922, pg. 362, "Baby Peggy Ill [pneumonia]"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 1 October 1921, pg. 564, "Baby Peggy, Two Years Old, Has Been Made Star"
There is the list of some quotes of Baby Peggy:
  • I see it [her days in motion pictures] as all of a piece. It's kind of like putting a quilt together. Quilt-making is very good because everything becomes equally important and equally valid, and everything forms the core of yourself. So both the good and the bad - I always felt that was the hand life dealt, and I've tried to handle it as best I could. I don't have any rancor or any anger or anything toward anyone - or toward Hollywood. Even when it was happening, I realized it was nobody's fault, but you get hurt in spite of that. But I'm very peaceful about it."
  • [talking about her life in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she moved after she left Hollywood] Occasionally even here people find out that I was once a child star, but the name confuses them and they say, "So this is whatever happened to Baby Jane!"
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