Before there was Shirley Temple, there was Baby Peggy, and during the early '20s, the child actress appeared in over a dozen feature-length films and numerous short films. She was born Peggy Montgomery in Rock Island, IL, the daughter of a stunt man and a bit player. She was three when she made her feature-film debut. Her popularity continued through the onset of adolescence. During her teen years, Peggy began playing in B-Westerns using her real name. She retired from Hollywood in the mid-'30s and after that worked as a journalist and an executive of a greeting card company. In the '70s, Montgomery published two books including the eye-opening account of the way child actors were treated in Tinseltown, Hollywood Children.
by Sandra Brennan biography