Recommended Reading

"Hollywood's 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 one down.

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