Born October 29, 1818, Baby Peggy turns 92 years old today.%0D\
Baby Peggy is one of the last surviving Silent Film stars. Discovered at 19 months, she was a genuine STAR, and for a few years, a potent force at the box office.%0D\
It is reported that at the height of her fame, she was earning $1 million per year. While this is probably hyperbole, she earned a lot of cash.%0D\
By 1924, her career was essentially over, and over the next few years, her parents squandered ther fortune. By the early 1930''s, Baby Peggy was reduced to doing uncredited walk-on parts in minor movies.%0D\
However, this movie story has a happy ending. In a surprising turn of events, Peggy established herself as a respected writer and publisher!%0D\
Happy Birthday Baby Peggy!
You meant to type 1918. She may be old but she wasn''t born the same year as Mary Todd Lincoln. %0D\
Poor Baby Peggy was a huge star whose career was essentially over by the time she was old enough to be aware that she was a film star.
TCM ran an excellent documentary last night about her life, [italic]Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room.[/italic] She's sharp as a tack at 94 and has been enjoying something of a resurgence, with renewed interest in her work among European film buffs. (Only about a dozen of her movies survive.) I love that she made a conscious decision not to be bitter about her past and set out to reinvent herself as a writer and film historian.
One of her contemporaries, Baby Marie Osborne, had a similar story. Washed-up at 8 and screwed over by adoptive parents who pissed away her fortune, she created a successful adult career as a movie costumer, most notably managing Elizabeth Taylor's wardrobe for [italic]Cleopatra.[/italic] She died a couple of years ago at 99.
About ten years ago I sent her a movie magazine from her era with a piece on her in it, since I knew she had lost all her own memorabilia, and I got a nice letter back. Sweet lady.
Rose Marie (of Hollywood Squares and the Dink Van Dyke Show) also started out as a Hollywood "baby" and filmed a few Vitaphone shorts as Baby Rose Marie.
I think pedos must have run Hollywood back in the day.
Poor Peggy was screwed over by her relatives twice. She made them a couple of fortunes and the family used it all up or stole it from her and she was left with practically nothing.
I was struck by how much she resembled Jane Withers as a kid.
Peggy's older sister really got the short end of the stick once Peggy hit it big. I felt sorry for Peggy as she was talking about how they grew apart as they got older, but then that letter from her sister seemed like a nice reconciliation bid.
[quote]Peggy's older sister really got the short end of the stick once Peggy hit it big.
Yeah, I immediately thought of Baby Jane and Blanche when she was discussing that.
I got the feeling that her immediate family wasn't really willfully greedy and selfish so much as they were just hopeless about managing money.