Thursday, April 15, 2010

Baby Peggy screening in Eugene, Oregon

Diana Serra Cary, aka Baby Peggy, was the toast of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2002 when her classic 1924 film, Captain January, was screened. The booksigning which followed was also a hit - many lined up to meet and even get the autograph of a REAL film star.

On Saturday, April 17th, audiences in Eugene, Oregon will have the chance to meet the actress and Northern California resident when the Willamette Oaks Silent Film Series screens The Family Secret (1924), a delight comedy starring the child star. More on this special event (which also includes a discussion and booksigning) can be found on and the website for the local NBC affiliate, KMTR.

In recent years, Diana Serra Cary has established herself as a insightful film historian and writer. Her books include What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star (St. Martins, 1996), and three works of film history, The Hollywood Posse: The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History (Houghton Mifflin, 1975), Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era (Houghton Mifflin, 1979 – with an introduction by Kevin Brownlow), and Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star (Scarecrow Press, 2003). Each has been reprinted in softcover.


  1. Hats off to Lon Davis for bringing Diana Serra Cary to Eugene for a screening of this 1924 feature. This afternoon's capacity audience at the Willamette Oaks Silent Film Series was as stunned by the eloquent, funny, clear-eyed 91-year-old Diana as by the irresistible Baby Peggy. Here's hoping she returns to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

  2. The local NBC television affiliate did a follow up piece on the event. Here's a link to the report: