Diana Serra Cary Bio-Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Kids, Death, Movies, Salary, and Net Worth

Who is Diana Serra Cary?

Diana Serra Cary best known as Baby Peggy was an American child film actress, vaudevillian, author, and also a silent film historian. She was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery on October 29, 1918 and was active in her acting career from 1921 to 1938.

Until her death on 24th February 2020, Cary was the last living film star of the Silent Era of Hollywood. She died at the age of 101 at her home in Gustine, California. As Montgomery, she was one of the three major American child stars of the Hollywood sislent film era along with Jackie Coogan and Baby Marie.

Cary made over 150 short films for the Century Film Corporation between 192 and 1923. Baby Peggy received over 1.2 million fan letters in 1921 and by 1924 she had been dubbed The Million Dollar Baby for her $1.5 million annual salary ($22 million in 2018). Despite the fame and wealth she had as a child, Cary found herself by the 1930s she was working as an extra. This is after her parents squandered her fortune.

A photo of Diana Serra Cary
A photo of Diana Serra Cary

She was honored at the Edison Theatre in Niles, California, with a screening of two of her feature films, Helen’s Babies and Captain January on November 8, 2008. This was ten days after she celebrated her 90th birthday.

In 2012, the crowd-funding site Indiegogo initiated a campaign to get Cary a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Turner Classic Movies presented the 2011 documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room on December 3, 2012. On 29th October 2018, TCM screened the documentary again to mark Cary’s 100th birthday.

How Old is Diana Serra Cary? – Age

Peggy-Jean Montgomery was aged 101 at the time of her death. She was born on October 29, 1918 in San Diego, California, U.S.

Diana Serra Cary Family

She was born as Peggy-Jean Montgomery, the second daughter of Marian (née Baxter) and actor Jack Montgomery. Some sources gave Cary’s name incorrectly as Margaret. However, Cary herself in her autobiography notes that she was indeed born as Peggy-Jean. Further, she explains that the Roman ;Catholic nuns at her birth hospital preferred her to be called Margaret but her parents rejected the suggestion.

Cary had an elder sister legally named Jack-Louise born in 1916 and she died in 2005. Cary ran away from home at the age of seventeen trying to escape the film industry and also her parents’ plans for her life. After escaping, she rented an apartment with her elder sister Louise.

Diana Serra Cary Husband

In 1938, Peggy got married to actor Gordon Ayres, whom she met on the set of Ah, Wilderness! The couple divorced in 1948. She went ahead marrying artist Robert “Bob” Cary (sometimes listed as Bob Carey) in 1954. The two remained married until Cary’s death in 2001. For many years, Cary had lived in Gustine, California near Modesto.

After Peggy got married to Go[rdon Ayres, she adopted the name Diana Ayres a few years later in an effort to distance herself from the Baby Peggy image. During that time, she worked as a writer for radio shows and found out that people who figured out her identity were more interested in her Baby Peggy persona than in her writing abilities.

Peggy later changed her name to Diana Serra Cary after her divorce form Gordon Ayres and she had become Catholic taking Serra as her confirmation name. After marrying Bob she became Mrs. Cary.

Diana Serra Cary Kids

Diana and Cary had a son together called Mark. Mark was born in 1961. Previously, she had been told that she couldn’t get any children. Cary also has a granddaughter who strongly resembles her.

Diana Serra Cary Salary

For her role in the 1934 film 8 Girls in a Boat, Cary was paid $55 .00 per week and for the 1935 film Ah Wilderness! she received $7 .50 per week.

Diana Serra Cary Net Worth

Through her later career as an author and silent film historian, Cary has gained a good fortune to her name. She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Diana Serra Cary Films

1924

  • Our Pet
  • The Flower Girl
  • Stepping Some
  • Poor Kid
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Such Is Life
  • Peg o’ the Mounted

1923

  • Peg o’ the Movies as Peg
  • Sweetie
  • The Kid Reporter as Peggy
  • Taking Orders
  • Nobody’s Darling
  • Tips
  • Little Miss Hollywood Little Miss Hollywood
  • Miles of Smiles The Twins (Dual role)
  • Hansel and Gretel

1922

  • The Straphanger
  • Circus Clowns
  • The Little Rascal
  • Fools First as a Little girl
  • Little Red Riding Hood

1921

  • Her Circus Man
  • On with the Show
  • The Kid’s Pal
  • Playmates Credited as Peggy Montgomery
  • On Account
  • Pals
  • Third Class Male
  • The Clean Up
  • Golfing
  • Brownie’s Little Venus
  • A Week Off
  • Brownie’s Baby Doll
  • Sea Shore Shapes
  • A Muddy Bride
  • Teddy’s Goat
  • Get-Rich-Quick Peggy
  • Chums
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