The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum will be paying tribute on Saturday and Sunday to one of the first child stars in movies, Diana Serra Cary, a.k.a. Baby Peggy.
The museum's Baby Peggy Movie Weekend includes her 1924 starring vehicle Captain January (made 12 years before the version starring Shirley Temple), the 1925 Universal film The Family Secret and a documentary on her career, The Elephant In The Room. Funds raised from the Saturday and Sunday shows will help Ms. Cary out with her basic living expenses.
Besides her exploits on the silver screen, Diana Serra Cary is a prolific author and historian who has penned the following splendid and informative books about Hollywood:
- What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star
- Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star
- Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era
- The Hollywood Posse: The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History
With the passings of Barbara Kent, Mickey Rooney and Our Gang's Jean Darling, Ms. Cary, now 97, is also the last person standing who starred in silent films.
The shows hold forth at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum's Edison Theater at 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94536-2949.