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Diana Serra Cary
Baby Peggy, circa 1922
Peggy-Jean Montgomery

(1918-10-29)October 29, 1918
Died February 24, 2020(2020-02-24) (aged 101)
Other names Baby Peggy
Baby Peggy Montgomery
Peggy Montgomery
Peggy Jane
Diana Ayres
Education Lawlor Professional School
Fairfax High School
  • Actress
  • vaudevillian
  • author
  • silent film historian
Years active 1921–1938
Gordon Ayres
(m. 1938; div. 1948)

Bob Cary
(m. 1954; died 2001)
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Cary in July 2012

Diana Serra Cary (born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, October 29, 1918 – February 24, 2020), known as Baby Peggy, was an American child film actress, vaudevillian, author and silent film historian. She was the last living film star of the Silent Era of Hollywood.

Baby Peggy was one of the three major American child stars of the Hollywood silent film era along with Jackie Coogan and Baby Marie. Between 1921 and 1923, she made over 150 short films for the Century Film Corporation. In 1922, she received over 1.2 million fan letters and by 1924, she had been dubbed The Million Dollar Baby for her $1.5 million annual salary ($22 million in 2018). Despite her childhood fame and wealth, she found herself poor and working as an extra by the 1930s.

Having an interest in both writing and history since her youth, Montgomery found a second career as an author and silent film historian in her later years under the name Diana Serra Cary. She was the author of several books including her historical novel, The Drowning of the Moon. She was also an advocate for child actors' rights.

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