Hollywood's Children (1982)

Genres - Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Film & Television History, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Directed in 1982 by Gene Feldman, this acclaimed documentary examines the emotional price child actors pay for being Hollywood stars. Narrated by Roddy McDowall, who was himself a child star, this program also looks at how well child stars have made the transition to adulthood. The program features interviews with former child stars, as well as directors and agents, regarding Baby Peggy (born Margaret Montgomery, aka Diana Serra Cary), Jackie Cooper, Deanna Durbin, Edith Fellows, Jodie Foster, Judy Garland, Peggy Ann Garner, George McFarland ( who played Spanky), Margaret O'Brien, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, and others. Other highlights include sequences excerpted from various movies such as Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Paper Moon (1973), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), The Little Colonel (1935), and many more. Feldman co-produced the program with Suzette Winter.

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behind-the-scenes, child-star, film-clips, film-industry, Hollywood, interview, transition, actor, retrospective