Dear Friends on "Silents are Golden" and FaceBook:
Because I didn't reach the Internet frontier until 1984, (my third book was my first composed on a computer, when I was 74) I sometimes forget that all of you who dwell out there are only a click away. Whenever I make a new discovery in my ongoing search for Baby Peggy's "lost" films, I always call Tim Lussier, my long-time friend at Silents are Golden. This time, when my latest news flash came in, he suggested I share it with you.
The one-hour documentary film, " Baby Peggy - The Elephant in the Room," will be aired on Turner Classic Movies on December 3rd, 2012. Two or three recently discovered comedies of Baby Peggy will also be televised on the same night which is scheduled to be screened sometime in the evening between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., depending upon the area where you live.
This unusual documentary is the work of a gifted young woman filmmaker from Amsterdam, Holland, Vera Iwerebor. She not only came up with the concept, but served as writer, producer, camera person, editor and director. Our friendship began some years ago when she wrote to me as a student, explaining her interest in child actors who performed in the silent era. She explained she had always been enchanted by the way Hollywood portrayed American families.
We finally met in 2006 when I accepted an
invitation to a winter film festival in Bristol, England and later
that same year attended the week-long Silent FIlm Festival in
Pordenone, Italy. What began in Bristol as a brief interview,
in Italy developed into a documentary about Baby Peggy's family
and the effect that wealth and fame had upon her youthful parents
and older sister, Louise. I had studied this fascinating and complex
subject in my own life and later in the families of many other
child stars. The documentary that evolved from our shared work
is part family history and part cautionary tale. It has received
enthusiastic critical reviews.
It was a pleasure to work with such a courageous and original filmmaker as Vera. I hope you will find as much satisfaction in seeing it as we had in making it. Enjoy!
Diana Serra Cary
November 15, 2012