Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era"
by Diana Serra Cary (Southern Methodist University
Press, 1997, 328 pages.)
Having lived the life of a child star with all the
accompanying trials and tribulations, Diana Serra Cary, otherwise
known as Baby Peggy, is well-qualified to write this account.
She begins with child star Lotta Crabtree in the middle of the19th
century and works her way through the cinema's early realization
that children were box office to recent child stars of TV. As
she shows, though, the stories are all too similar - from the
stage mothers to lost fortunes and more. Mrs. Cary is a survivor
who has an amazingly objective and perceptive view of this whole
phenomenon, and she weaves the intertwining stories of these talented
children well - so well, in fact, you'll find it hard to put this
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