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Three extraordinary actresses to be honored with a Cinecon Legacy Award

The Cinecon Board of Governors has selected actresses Eva Marie Saint, Diana Serra Cary (aka Baby Peggy), and Cora Sue Collins to receive the 2018 CINECON LEGACY AWARD at our show this Labor Day weekend. Scroll down to read more about these extraordinary ladies.

Throughout the weekend nearly all of our films will be introduced by either Cinecon staffers or special guests who are film historians, archivists, film makers or very knowledgeable film fans. As guests are confirmed their names will be listed below.

Legacy Award Honorees:

Eva Marie Saint Portrait image EVA MARIE SAINT is that rare phenomenon, an actress whose career in films, television and stage has spanned more than 70 years. She began her distinguished film career opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954), for which she was honored with an Academy Award. She went on to star in several other memorable movies, including North by Northwest (1959), A Hatful of Rain (1957), That Certain Feeling (1956), Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), All Fall Down (1962), 36 Hours (1964), The Sandpiper (1965), Grand Prix (1966), The Stalking Moon (1968), Loving (1970), Nothing In Common (1986), Donít Come Knocking (2005), Superman Returns (2006) and Winterís Tale (2014).

She grew up in Albany and Delmar, New York and attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, planning to become a schoolteacher. She tried out for a school play at the suggestion of the university's drama professor and won the leading role. It changed the direction of her life. The university has honored her with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree and renamed its main campus theatre The Eva Marie Saint Theatre. Upon graduation she went to New York City and studied at The American Theatre Wing and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio. She appeared in The Trip to Bountiful (1953) on Broadway, receiving the Drama Critics Award and Outer-Circle Critics Award for her performance. Director Elia Kazan saw her in the play and cast her in On The Waterfront.

In television, Ms. Saint has earned five Emmy nominations starting with one for Paddy Chayefskyís Middle of the Night for The Philco Television Playhouse (1954) then for the live TV musical adaptation of Thorton Wilderís Our Town (1955), the Hallmark Hall Of Fame: Taxi!! (1978), mini-series How the West Was Won (1977). And in 1990, her fifth nomination led to an award for the mini-series People Like Us. Other TV credits include Moonlighting and TV movies When Hell Was In Session (1979), Best Little Girl In The World (1981), Fatal Vision (1984), A Year in the Life (1986), Iíll Be Home for Christmas (1988), the Titanic mini-series (1996), Time To Say Goodbye? (1997), and Open House (2003). She also was a recurring character in the animated series The Legend of Korra (2012-2014). Ms. Saint was a presenter at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009 and the 90th Academy Awards in 2018, among many other occasions.

In addition to The Trip to Bountiful, she starred on the New York stage and on major stages across America in many notable plays The Lincoln Mask, Duet for One, First Monday In October, Summer and Smoke, The Rainmaker, Candida and Desire Under The Elms. She received the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in The Country Girl. Saint and her late husband, director Jeffrey Hayden, produced a critically acclaimed production of August Wilsonís Fences (directed by Hayden) at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in Summer 2006. The couple regularly performed A.R. Gurneyís Love Letters as well as an evening of Willa Catherís On The Divide in theatres around the country. Saint and Hayden also produced the PBS television documentaries Primary Colors: The Story of Corita (1991), which she narrated, and Children in Americaís Schools with Bill Moyers (1996) for which they won an Emmy.

Among her many charitable works, Saint has been a longtime supporter of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles. In addition, she serves on the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Saint had been married to Jeffrey Hayden for 65 years. He died in December 2016. They have two children, Darrell and Laurette. This in turn, has brought them four grandchildren, Tyler Dean, Molly Jo, Eli, and Stella Pearl.

Eva Marie Saint will be joining us at a screening of one of her films on Friday August 31, 2018

Diana Serra Cary Portrait image DIANA SERRA CARY aka BABY PEGGY
Born Peggy-Jean Montgomery in 1918 Diana Serra Cary, as she is known as today, is the last surviving silent film star.

She was discovered at the age of 19 months while visiting Century Studios with her mother. The studio was looking for a little girl to appear in shorts with their canine star Brownie the Wonder Dog. Their first film together was Playmates (1921). When the film was a hit with audiences Century quickly signed Peggy to a long term contract and she soon became the family breadwinner. It's been said that she made nearly 150 shorts at Century with titles like Brownie's Baby Doll (1921) Little Miss Mischief (1922) Peg o' the Movies (1923) and Miles of Smiles (1923). Most of these films have not survived and records related to their production were lost when Century Studios burned down in 1926.

She only made a handful of feature films starting with small parts in Penrod (1922) and Fools First (1922) both directed by Marshall Neilan. Then Universal signed her to star in a series of films starting with The Darling of New York (1923) which was a solid hit. Other films proved successful as well: The Law Forbids (1924), Captain January (1924), The Family Secret (1924), and Helen's Babies (1924). By this time she was making over a million dollars a year and was at the height of her popularity. Unfortunately her lucrative contract was canceled in 1925 after her manager/father got into a dispute with producer Sol Lesser over her salary. Suddenly she was out of work and found herself blacklisted in films. When her fortune was depleted by her parents spending habits and bad investments she was forced to turn to the vaudeville circuit to support the family. She had a successful act and made decent money for several years but the wear and tear of travel proved to much for the family and they had to stop. Later an attempted comeback in early talkies under the name "Peggy Montgomery" was unsuccessful and very short-lived.

The former child star lived in near-poverty for many years until her love of history and writing led to a new career as a book publisher, silent film historian, and author on Hollywood subjects using the name "Diana Serra Cary". Her first book about the silent era was The Hollywood Posse released in 1975. She followed that with Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era published in 1979. She would talk about her own life in What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star and then she would tackle the other top silent film child in Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood's Legendary Child Star. She told her own story again on screen in the 2012 documentary The Elephant in the Room. And now at the age of 99, Cary has self-published her first historic novel The Drowning of the Moon an epic tale set in the fascinating Mexican-American colonial Empire of New Spain.

Diana Serra Cary will be joining us at our Opening Night Gala screening of Helen's Babies on Thursday August 30, 2018

Cora Sue Collins Portrait image CORA SUE COLLINS
She was born in West Virginia and came to Hollywood with her mother and older sister when she was three. She was discovered while visiting in Hollywood and invited to audition at Universal studios. She made her first film, The Unexpected Father, at the age of 4 beating out several other child actors for the part. MGM soon signed her to a contract and she became part of the studio system. As with many other young actors they trained her and guided her career. They also loaned her out to other studios and she ended up working for nearly every studio in Hollywood: Warner Bros., Universal, First National, Fox, Columbia, Paramount, Republic and Mascot. Being such a pretty little girl she was often chosen to play the lead actress as a child. This started with her second film The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932) where she played star Frances Dee's character. She was chosen by Greta Garbo herself to play her character as a child in Queen Christina (1933). Other actresses she played were Norma Shearer in Smiliní Through (1932), Claudette Colbert in Torch Singer (1933), Sylvia Sidney in Jennie Gerhardt (1933), Zita Johann in The Sin of Nora Moran (1933), Dorothy Lee in Without Children (1935), Merle Oberon in The Dark Angel (1935) and Lynn Bari in Blood and Sand (1941). She was a patient to Peter Lorre's doctor in his first American film Mad Love (1935), played William Powell & Myrna Loy's daughter in Evelyn Prentice (1934) and she was seen in glorious Technicolor in the 1934 short The Spectacle Maker. Other notable titles among her 45 films include Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), As the Earth Turns(1934), Treasure Island (1934), The Scarlet Letter (1934), Anna Karenina (1935), Magnificent Obsession(1935), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), All This, and Heaven Too (1940) Roughly Speaking (1945) and her final film Week-End at the Waldorf (1945). In addition to films she appeared on Broadway in a show called Junior Miss and also did a radio show for a year with Lionel Barrymore.

At the age of 18 she decided that she had had enough of acting and told Louis B. Mayer that she wanted out of her contract. He told her that she would regret it but she didn't and never made another film. Cora Sue married and raised three children and has lived a happy life in Europe, Mexico and in Los Angeles since her movie days. Besides her family she has kept busy with many endeavors including various charity works. Although she left films she stayed friends throughout the years with many of the people, adults and children, that she worked with.

Cora Sue Collins will be joining us for a screening of her very first film The Unexpected Father.

Past Legacy Award Honorees:

Past Lagacy Award Honorees image

Marsha Hunt (right) was our first honoree in 2016 and then the following year, 2017, we gave 2 awards one to Norman Lloyd and the other to Patricia Morison.

Additional Guests

Marsha Hunt Portrait image  

Marsha Hunt
Long time Cinecon friend actress Marsha Hunt will be attending a screening of her first film The Virginia Judge (1935). In a career that spanned 7 decades Ms. Hunt made over 100 films and TV episodes. In 2016 Marsha became the first recipient of the new Cinecon Legacy Award.

Please note: Celebrity appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances

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