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Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era Paperback – 1997

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University; First Trade Paperback edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870744240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870744242
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Good reading, not just for film buffs only! Diana Serra Cary gives a rare, revealing glimpse into the world of children in show business.Although it's subject is early child film stars,it's message is very relevant to today's society as well.Well worth the effort!
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a fascinating and thorough reference book on child actors in hollywood's early days.i was just curious why "sunny jim"mckeen,who did the "newlywed"comedies in the 1920's playing"baby snookums"was not mentioned?he only lived to be 8 years old(dying in 1933 of blood poisoning)and was so famous at the time he even had a candy bar named after him. i hope someone one day does a book about the "newlywed"comedies and a bio of "sunny jim" included with it,and also universal,who owns the rights to the "newlywed" comedies of the 20's puts them one day on dvd,otherwise this is a fantastic book and i recommend it completely!!
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Format: Hardcover
This question was once asked of Diana Serra Cary, then known as Peggy Montgomery, in reference to her former career as a child star. Not many people today are familiar with Baby Peggy, the tiny film star of the Jazz Age, but in her heyday she was as rich and famous as Jackie Coogan. And, like Jackie Coogan, she was the victim of poor business decisions made by her parents, and ended up all but destitute as an adolescent and young adult.
Unlike many former child stars, however, Ms. Cary was able to use her insight in a constructive way: she wrote about her experiences. She expanded on this, to create a book that covers the child star era from the late 19th century, beginning with such stage sensations as Cordelia Howard and Lotta Crabtree, and ending in the mid 20th century with Margaret O'Brien.
This isn't a gossipy tell-all celebrity book. It's a thoughtful look at the impact of fame and sudden wealth on child stars and their families. It can be painful reading at times, especially the realization of the pressure placed on the shoulders of these children as primary breadwinners, and how it impacted their parents', their siblings', and their own feelings of self-worth.
Ms. Cary is a gifted writer, and her book is fascinating as an account of early Hollywood, as well as an inside look at the early lives of some of Hollywood's most famous kids. It is obvious that she researched this material thoroughly, and added her own insight and memories for a more personal touch. When I read it for the first time, I found myself recalling various talk show interviews with former child stars, and thinking, "Oh, okay, THAT'S what they were getting at."
If you have an interest in Hollywood's history, family dynamics, child stars of Hollywood's golden days, or just feel like reading an interesting book on a subject that isn't often discussed, this book is highly recommended.
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