Tuesday, July 6, 2010

From the San Francisco Silent Movie Examiner.....

[By Thomas Gladysz]
These days, Diana Serra Cary lives a quite life in Gustine, California. It’s a small town in the Valley south of Modesto and east of San Jose, and not so far from Merced, where she was born. There, the 91 year old former movie star is working on a new book – her fifth. It’s to be an insider's account of the movie industry, and according to Cary, a "study of fear and power in working Hollywood."Cary knows of what she speaks. In the 1920’s, she was known as “Baby Peggy,” and was one of the two biggest child actors in the pre-sound era. (The other was Jackie Coogan.) She was, in her day, as famous and as popular as Shirley Temple would become in the following decades.Cary is also one of the last surviving silent film stars. In a recent interview, the one-time actress revealed that work is nearly done on a documentary focusing on her remarkable and troubled life. It is being made in The Netherlands, and should be available in the United States in 2011, if not sooner.And today, two articles appeared about the diminutive actress. One, in the Huffington Post, was my own. It is titled “The Bookseller Who Became an Author and Who Once Had Been the Biggest Little Film Star in the World.” It takes a look at her interesting post-Hollywood career as an accomplished bookseller and well respected author. The other, by Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times, promotes an upcoming event in Los Angeles. On July 7th, Baby Peggy will give a short talk and introduce her 1924 film, Captain January, at the Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theater. It is Turan’s “Pick of the Week.” It’s one of two events Cary is expected to attend this month. She will also be signing copies of her books at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on July 16th as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.If you love the movies, then don't miss one of these two opportunities to meet a real movie star – and a living legend. Or as Turan put it, “Be one of the few to experience a piece of film history both on and off the screen.”

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