Jackie Coogan: The
World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star
by Diana Serra Cary Scarecrow
Release date: June 28, 2003 - 328pp
Discovered by Charles Chaplin
in 1919, at four years of age, this child actor soared to overnight
stardom by his role as the boy in the classic masterpiece, The
Kid. As a child, he earned a fortune of $4 million dollars, for
which the press dubbed him "The Millionaire Kid," but
he later had to sue his parents in a futile attempt to obtain
his squandered fortune. His later years were marked with penury
and the cruel diminishment of his childhood fame. Later, he gained
unexpected but fleeting fame in the 1960s as "Uncle Fester"
in the Addams Family television series.
This biography reveals the
little-known and even less understood private life of this famous
child, a completely dysfunctional family who set the style of
the many other parents who found similar fame and fortune through
their own child's success in films. The biography is also the
rare instance when one major child star (the former Baby Peggy)
employs her own hard-won insight in exploring the career and family
woes of the most famous child star of the them all, Jackie Coogan.
This is the first study of his life to be published.
About The Author
Diana Serra Cary is the former child star known as Peggy-Jean
Montgomery. She is currently a full-time writer and professional
speaker. In 2002 she received The Hubbard Award by the Niles Essanay
Museum Association for her contributions to film history. In 1996
she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinecon. She is
the author of numerous books including Whatever Happened to Baby
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