Baby Peggy began her career in film at an age when most of her peers were more concerned with learning their shapes and colors. She was a full-fledged movie star by the age of 5, ranking alongside the likes of Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino in terms of box-office appeal. Baby Peggy was making over a million dollars a year, earning her the nickname of the “Million Dollar Baby.” And then her career ended just as suddenly as it started. By the time she was 8 years old, she was already a “has-been” in the movie world and she was left to spend the rest of her life struggling to come to terms with life in the shadow of her Baby Peggy persona.
It’s hard to believe we’re already down to the final month of 2012, but leave it to TCM to end the year on a high note! There is so much going on that I’m excited for. First and foremost, we get Barbara Stanwyck as Star of the Month! Every Wednesday night in December will kick off a 24-hour block of Stanwyck movies, and since I know a lot of my readers are big Stanwyck fans, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of room on your DVRs. Every Friday night this month will be a salute to director Ernst Lubitsch, so you know every Friday night is going to be good.
Naturally, you can expect plenty of Christmas movies throughout the month. Also worth noting is Baby Peggy night on December 3rd. Baby Peggy is one of the last surviving stars from the silent era and was recently the subject of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room, which will be airing on TCM that night along with some of her movies.