(Above: Nadine Ellis as Katherine Johnson in ‘Timeless’ Source: Tenor)
Today The Savvy Screener pays tribute to two film-connected legends who passed away yesterday at the age of 101: Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures (2016); and “Baby Peggy” Montgomery, the last surviving movie star of the silent screen.
You can stream Hidden Figures if you get the FX channel through Sling, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, or a cable/satellite/telco subscription. In addition, Amazon Prime subscribers can rent the movie for $2.99, and other viewers for $3.99 from Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes and other providers.
Here, Taraji P. Henson and her Hidden Figures co-stars Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer honor Johnson at the 2017 Oscars:
Hidden Figures, however, wasn’t the first filmed representation of Johnson. A month before the film’s release, NBC’s time travel drama Timeless aired an episode with Nadine Ellis playing the mathematician. That episode, “Space Race,” is available to Hulu subscribers, or for $1.99 from YouTube, Google Play and Vudu.
In the early 1920s, Baby Peggy starred in some 150 shorts and several feature films, the most famous being Captain January (1924), which you can watch right here:
Later, as a teenager, Peggy appeared in a few talking pictures. Here, In her first feature talkie, she plays Hortense in Eight Girls in a Boat:
For more on Baby Peggy, we recommend the hour-long 2002 documentary, Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room. You can rent it for $4.99 from Milestone Films.
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