Jackie Coogan, The World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star (Scarecrow Press)
Join us for a fascinating afternoon with a delightful lady who, as "Baby Peggy" Montogomery, was one of the major American child stars of the Hollywood silent movie era, with her life-long friend Jackie Coogan one of the others. She made hundreds of short and feature-length silent films, and was wildly popular in the early to mid-nineteen twenties. At the age of five, she had a $1,500,000 a year contract at Universal! As an adult, she became a writer, and even one of our book colleagues (she was the trade book buyer at University of California at San Diego's bookstore for years).
She's an articulate, charming writer, with great stories of the silent era. The newly issued paperback edition of her biography of Jackie Coogan is his first published biography, and has received critical acclaim both for the quality of its writing as well as for the insight Cary is able to contribute into the life of the child stars of the time, and how Jackie's worldwide fame and millions disappeared by the time he was grown (as did Baby Peggy's millions!).
A rare opportunity! If you have an interest in early film history, don't miss it