During her early years Diana's father handled her career. Diana has said, "My father told the media, "She is a good actress because she is well-behaved and obedient." Diana continued, "that was my father's whole theory. He had raised horses when he was a cowboy, and he believed you could train anything. He was very strict with us, and, fortunately, my sister was very withdrawn and very shy, and I was very outgoing."
Diana made "Captain January" in 1924, which became a bigger hit than "Darling of New York." Then came "The Law Forbids," "The Family Secret," and her last major motion picture in the silents, "Helen's Babies," in 1924. With her starring career over, she made one more movie, "April Fool" (1926), for Chadwick Pictures on Poverty Row. Many people thought that Diana was still making films, but another woman nearly 21 years old was being featured in films with the name, Peggy Montgomery.
In 1932 Diana returned to Hollywood to start a comeback. But, cute little Baby Peggy was gone and in her place was a teenage has-been. She had a short success in vaudeville, periods of near-poverty, a struggle to come to terms with her self-worth, and an "identity crisis." Diana finally "found herself" as a successful writer in the late 1950's coupled with a happy marriage. About her writing, Diana said, "I was determined to become a writer by the time I was eight years old. I started writing backstage in the theatre, and I also wanted to be a historian. I was fascinated with history." But she had to do it against her parents wishes. They wanted her to continue in films, and she didn't want that.
Diana's books include: Hollywood Posse - The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History, Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy? The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star, and Hollywood's Children. Her latest book Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King.
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"With enormous perception, humor and knowledge, Diana Serra Cary has investigated the conditions and social needs that provided America with its child performers across a passage of more than a hundred years. She spins the reader along a fascinating journey of a heretofore almost completely misunderstood saga and places it all in the proper perspective."...Roddy McDowall $14.95 (18.4 oz)