Diana Serra Cary Induction Ceremony
Ms. Cary is the last of the silent screen movie stars and will be making a RARE appearance at the Rheem Theatre to be inducted into the Classic Film Hall of Fame. A screening of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room will be screened along with a few of her short films. Patti Leidecker will be performing the live musical score on the Rheem's baby grand piano.

Saturday, April 22 2017 at 7:00pm

Diana Serra Cary (born October 29, 1918), known as Baby Peggy, is an American former child actress, author and historian. Although other child actors from the time are still living, she is the last living film star of the silent era.

Diana Serra Cary was one of the three major American child stars of the Hollywood silent movie era along with Jackie Coogan and Baby Marie. Between 1921 and 1923 she made over 150 shorts for Century Studios. In 1922 she received over 1.2 million fan letters and by 1924, she had been dubbed "The Million Dollar Baby" for her $1.5 million a year salary.

James Cagney
James Francis Cagney was born on July 17, 1889 in New York City and died in Stanfordville, NY on March 30, 1986 from a heart attack related to diabetes. He called himself The Professional Againster – probably because of all the gangster and tough guy roles he played. His Oscar, however, was for his role as George M. Cohan in the musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Cagney was of Norwegian and Irish descent that may have contributed to his wisecracking, staccato style of talking. He was in films for thirty years, retired to his farm in New York State in 1961 and then came out of retirement in 1981 to star in the adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel, Ragtime. He was reunited with Pat O’Brien, a longtime favored co-star. Cagney’s final film was in Terrible Joe Moran, a made-for-TV movie co-starring Art Carney.

Ann Robinson
Ann Robinson was born in Hollywood, California on May 25, 1929. She literally grew up in the “shadow of the studios,” acted in school plays and conned her way into the movie business as a stunt woman with roles in Black Midnight (1949), The Story of Molly X (1949) and Frenchie (1950) where she was a stunt rider doubling for Shelley Winters. Although she was part of Paramount’s golden circle of new stars in the 1950’s, she had only one leading role in George Pal’s The War of the Worlds (1953).

Her marriage to Jaime Bravo, a famous Mexican matador, derailed her film career. They were divorced in 1967 but both her sons ended up working in the film and TV business. She married Joseph Valdez in 1987 and revived her film career the next year. Ann has appeared in 55 TV productions and 24 films.