American actress, author, publisher, historian

Diana Serra Cary is ...

Alive
Born 26 Oct 1918 in Merced
Age100 years
Correction?
Diana Serra Cary
Diana Serra Cary
A photo of Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary)

About Diana Serra Cary

Diana Serra Cary (born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, October 29, 1918), known as Baby Peggy, is an American former child actress, author and historian. Although other child actors from the time are still living, she is the last living film star of the Silent Age of Hollywood.Montgomery, as she then was, was one of the three major American child stars of the Hollywood silent movie era along with Jackie Coogan and Baby Marie. Between 1921 and 1923 she made over 150 short films for the Century Film Corporation. In 1922 she received over 1.2 million fan letters and by 1924, she had been dubbed "The Million Dollar Baby" for her $1.5 million a year salary. Despite her childhood fame and wealth, she found herself poor and working as an extra by the 1930s.Having an interest in both writing and history since her youth, Montgomery found a second career as an author and silent film historian in her later years under the name Diana Serra Cary. She is the author of several books including her historical novel, The Drowning of the Moon, and became an advocate for child actors' rights.