RIP, Shirley Temple Black

posted at 8:01 am on February 11, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

She lifted the hearts of an entire nation when it was at one of its lowest points in history. She later went on to serve her country in diplomacy abroad. She was, really, the first woman who could claim to have been America’s Sweetheart, and she claimed that title with her singing, dancing, and acting before most children would finished the first grade. Her staying power lasted at least long enough for our family to grow up on her films, 40 years after they were made.

And now Shirley Temple Black belongs to the ages:

From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12.

Hollywood recognized the enchanting, dimpled scene-stealer’s importance to the industry with a “special award” – a miniature Oscar – at the Academy Awards for 1934, the year she sang and danced her way into America’s collective heart.

After she sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in “Bright Eyes,” the song became a hit and the studio set up Shirley Temple Development, a department dedicated to churning out formulaic scripts that usually featured the cheerful, poised Shirley as the accidental Little Miss Fix-It who could charm any problem away.

Her most memorable performances included four films she made with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a black dancer 50 years her senior and a favorite co-star, she later said.

They were first paired as foils for cantankerous Lionel Barrymore in 1935’s “The Little Colonel,” in which 7-year-old Shirley tap dances up and down the staircase, remarkably matching the veteran Robinson step for step.

Here she is in Bright Eyes performing her signature song:

Normally the passing of a film star of that era of natural causes would not be news, but this was no ordinary film star, either. Shirley Temple became an icon during the Depression of hope and optimism, and her cultural impact during that period and for decades afterward cannot be overestimated. She had a remarkably long career for a child star in an era when they were even more disposable than today. One of my favorite performances of hers came in The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer when Temple was nearly 20, playing the starry-eyed teen who becomes infatuated with Cary Grant — a marvelous screwball comedy that also starred Myrna Loy, and well worth the time to track it down.

Shortly afterward, Temple left acting behind for marriage and family life. The LA Times article has all of the details of her post-celebrity life, the highlight of which for her was her three years as US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992. She was there for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain across eastern Europe.

Temple never seemed at ease with her former life, but never seemed to need to reference it, either. The fortune she made as a little girl had disappeared before she got out of acting, but as the Times notes, she never seemed to resent it. She had moved on to live a full life, even while the rest of America remained in love with our national sweetheart — generation after generation.

Rest in peace, Shirley, and Godspeed. Thank you for all the lovely memories and your service to the country.


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I can hear her tap-dancing in Heaven. Rest in Peace Curly Top.

Rovin on February 11, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I still have my Shirley Temple doll. Loved all her movies when I was a kid.

BeachBum on February 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Another legend of the movie industry is called home after a long, well lived life. Rest in Peace. I wonder if Shirley and Ronald Reagan are sitting around discussing politics?

SC.Charlie on February 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

What even comes close in our society today?

Kennyraisin on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

She worked harder in childhood than many people do in their entire lives.

R.I.P. Shirley.

AZCoyote on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I wonder if Shirley and Ronald Reagan are sitting around discussing politics?

SC.Charlie on February 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

I’d hope they’d be singing, dancing, and laughing together. Politics are for the rest of us.

Ed Morrissey on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Loved her, especially the movies she made as a teenager.


My favorite tap dancing scene.

Brat on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

It’s almost symbolic. That part of America seems to die more and more everyday, and it makes me sad.

RIP Shirley.

bossmanham on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

As cute as cute could ever get.

RIP.

wolly4321 on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

So there was this guy back in the ’30s who was never in the movies, wasn’t a singer, wasn’t a business tycoon, and wasn’t anybody particularly well known. Yet he received hundreds of marriage proposals every week from women who had never met him, much less seen a picture of him. Why?

Because he was Shirley Temple’s father.

And that, as they say, is the rest of the story.

And yes, I heard this exact story on a Paul Harvey bit about 10 years ago.

RIP Shirley Temple

JimLennon on February 11, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What even comes close in our society today?

Kennyraisin on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Honey boo boo?

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BallisticBob on February 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I remember seeing many a Shirley Temple movie run by Chicago’s WGN in the 1960s. She was an American classic. I hope the left can leave her alone.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Rest in peace, and thank you

Sekhmet on February 11, 2014 at 8:14 AM

She was a fine and classy lady. She made movies as an adult as well and was excellent. A different era.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I will always think of her first as the daughter in Fort Apache.

apostic on February 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Rest in Peace, Little Princess.

bettycooper on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

BallisticBob on February 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Yeah, it’s amazing how far this country has fallen. What a comparison. Glad I’m on my way out, not on my way in.

BeachBum on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Wow, I’m stunned and deeply saddened, and I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because it has always seemed like I grew up with her, but she was already 33 years old when she began entertaining me with her Stand up and Cheer, Little Miss Marker, Bright Eyes and on, or Who can forget later, The Bachelor and the Bobbysocker.

Dusty on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Her cuteness was overwhelming. God Bless you Shirly Temple black.

TerryW on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I dislike this keyboard. Shirley Temple Black.

TerryW on February 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I will always think of her first as the daughter in Fort Apache.

apostic on February 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

First movie I saw her in. With John Wayne no less. I guess she can star I movies with The Duke again now.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

My mother had Shirley Temple (and the Dionne Quintuplet) paper dolls that she treasured throughout most of her childhood.

RIP, Shirley Temple, you made a lot of people happy.

I think I’ll buy some animal crackers for my granddaughter today…

Fallon on February 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

She had a genuine talent for lifting people’s spirits at a time when we needed it and could tap dance up and down a staircase. The race baiters of today would call that movie racist. We’ve now moved on to Miley Cyrus who twerks her way across a stage with her tongue out. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Kissmygrits on February 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

[jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM]

You bring your own creepy with you, Dude. Do everyone a favor and quit spreading it around wherever you go.

Dusty on February 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

In 2006, Temple received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for having “lived the most remarkable life, as the brilliant performer the world came to know when she was just a child to the dedicated public servant who has served her country both at home and abroad for 30 years.”

These claims do not seem excessive. This was one child star who did not self-destruct through booze, drugs or sex, who kept faith with the public, loved her country and justly became the world-wide cinematic legend and American icon that she remains today

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SOURCE

Flora Duh on February 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

RIP

cmsinaz on February 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

It was made before the feminazis had convinced most of society that all males are sexual predators.

Fenris on February 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Very classy lady. RIP.

NavyMustang on February 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

That’s the early 21st century speaking, right there. THAT’S what’s creepy.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

A truly noteworthy life worth reflecting on- especially in an era where child stars rarely come into adulthood as normal functional decent human beings.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

My jaw always drops to the floor while watching the tiny tot dance !
More talent @ 6yo than fathomable, nowadays.

RIP lovely lady.

pambi on February 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Brat on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Her dancing scenes with Mr. Bojangles were my favorites in several of her movies.

Flora Duh on February 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Wow why don’t you just save that and go stomp on her grave? Seriously, why the movie critique when an 85-year-old woman (who hasn’t been in movies for 65 of those years) has just died? What kind of a monster are you?

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Wow, I’m stunned and deeply saddened, and I don’t really know why.

Dusty on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I do. She’s one of the last of that generation who had class.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I’d hope they’d be singing, dancing, and laughing together. Politics are for the rest of us.

Ed Morrissey on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Not to mention dancing it up with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

BigGator5 on February 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

My favorite movie was Fort Apache with John Wayne and Henry Fonda. She grew up to be a beautiful young lady.

DAT60A3 on February 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Wow, I’m stunned and deeply saddened, and I don’t really know why.

Dusty on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I do. She’s one of the last of that generation who had class.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Exactly. Remember when Hollywood loved America?

Naturally Curly on February 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

One child star who didn’t turn into a creep

She had me weeping as a kid when Shirley-Heidi was taken away from der Grandfather

I remember how huffy the press was when adult Shirley was appointed ambassador. Television was already a cheerleading team for liberals

Shirley was a wonderful talent. She was a gift to children everywhere. Her movies taught life lessons. Kids of her generation were lucky to have her. How lucky to have a role model who didnt go over to the dark side. She never let the kids down

God Bless you, Shirley Temple Black

entagor on February 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Naturally Curly on February 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Yeah, when those in the public eye understood the responsibility they had to strengthen the moral fabric instead of tearing it down.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Her dancing scenes with Mr. Bojangles were my favorites in several of her movies.

Flora Duh on February 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

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Even though I read the post, your comment for some reason brought back an almost dead brain cell back to life and I just finished listening to Mr. Bojangles sung by Nitty Gitty Band from their album “Will the Circle be Unbroken”. Have not thought about that song in almost 40 years.

Thanks!

HonestLib on February 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Pure class. The mold was broken like our hearts.

faol on February 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Imagine the different eternities Shirley Temple Black and Madonna, for example, are going to experience.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

A lot of people didn’t like it when she grew up and played more grown-up parts. It seems they expected her to stay 5 years old. The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer is frequently on TCM.

crankyoldlady on February 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

RIP, Shirley…

OmahaConservative on February 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Thank God there are still some of us that remember a time when when we could watch this and feel nothing but but innocent joy.

My first Shirley Temple movie was Captain January, which I just saw again recently, after many years. Still wonderful.

Such talent and grace. What a gift to America and the world.

God rest her sweet soul.

ncinca on February 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Go on to some of your favorite porn sites.It’s all women and 1 dude.

docflash on February 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

While I believe the title “America’s Sweetheart” belonged to Mary Pickford well before Shirley Temple graced the silver screen, she certainly was the iconic child star. My Mom, who passed away a few years ago, was about the same age and always loved Shirley’s movies. I hope they get a chance to meet in the afterlife.

Logic on February 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Wow why don’t you just save that and go stomp on her grave? Seriously, why the movie critique when an 85-year-old woman (who hasn’t been in movies for 65 of those years) has just died? What kind of a monster are you?

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Her only claim to fame is in the movies, and only as a child actress. An ambassador? That’s just a cushy job given to wealthy cronies of select politicians. We can’t all read from the same script. I suppose you’re one who thinks Bush has class.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Shirley Temple and Maureen O’Hara = class.

celtic warrior on February 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

RIP, Shirley… I hope you’re enjoying your cruise on the Good Ship Lollipop. You will be missed by THIS kid fan. :)

*tears*

tickleddragon on February 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

one who thinks Bush has class.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

More than you do.

BeachBum on February 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Shirley Temple leaves us a good reminder of what poise and class America had back then,not the hedonistic cesspool we have today.RIP Shirley.

jeffinsjvca on February 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Sorry but that video is creeeeepy, where are the women? It’s all dudes and a little girl

jephthah on February 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Wow, I know you think you are clever, and will relish the attention, but pal, you need to go to a professional and have a few sessions…I am serious, you have a problem and it would be wise for you to explore it a little further.

I hope you take that advice, you have issues…

right2bright on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

No more animal crackers in her soup.

307wolverine on February 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

That cuteness is more than most people have going for them. She brought joy to millions, at a time when they had little cause for it otherwise.

And why even bring that up on a post mourning her passing?

changer1701 on February 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. :(

Shy Guy on February 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

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It’s called singing your age. Don’t know if her voice changed after puberty, but I thought she sang, danced, and acted wonderfully well as a child. Her childhood is all I remember, but I am sure she was good at her trade in adult life.

Lets say she was a terrible singer; why even bring it up as a topic in a tribute to her life when others are saying nice things about her? On second thought, dont’t answer that question, as I am sure you are just so happy being a “damp rag” to certain subjects.

HonestLib on February 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

rick, it goes to a time when innocence was understood and celebrated; not ridiculed, like today.

If you’re younger than 40, you have no idea what’s been stolen from you.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

What a class act Shirley Temple was, and a great Ambassador representing the U.S….they don’t make them like that anymore.

Such talent, and what was her greatest role? Being a mother…not exactly a heroin of the left, but so good they still have to love her.

The irony…

right2bright on February 11, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Wow, I’m stunned and deeply saddened, and I don’t really know why.

Dusty on February 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I do. She’s one of the last of that generation who had class.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Shirley Temple and Maureen O’Hara = class.

celtic warrior on February 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Agreed!

Plus she’s just a bit younger than my Mom, who will soon not remember me.
I better go……………

MontanaMmmm on February 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I was in Fredericksburg, TX this past weekend. While there I went to the Museum of the Pacific WWII. In among the pictures were the many “movie stars” of the time who served in the military. There were many comments from others on how you would not see that patriotism from Hollywood today. Sad where we have come to, no?

AnnaS on February 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

RIP

I always think of her when I see those huge lollipops or animal crackers.

portlandon on February 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Her only claim to fame is in the movies, and only as a child actress. An ambassador? That’s just a cushy job given to wealthy cronies of select politicians. We can’t all read from the same script. I suppose you’re one who thinks Bush has class.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

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Dude please tell me you are not a Liberal. She was an Ambaassador to Czechoslovakia working hand in hand with the station chief (CIA) during a very tense time. If she did not have the goods she would have been somwhere cushy. Have you traveled or worked in Eastern Europe? It ain’t no cush job,just showing up is hard work.

Maybe Reagan was right about what Liberals believe and all that. Geez, I know I am old, but maybe I am the one out of touch or something!

HonestLib on February 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

rick, it goes to a time when innocence was understood and celebrated; not ridiculed, like today.

If you’re younger than 40, you have no idea what’s been stolen from you.

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Where’s the upvote button on this thing?

ncinca on February 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

My sister Nancy’s favorite actress when she was growing up. That little girl’s movies still had the charm that could captivate a little girl growing up in the Sixties. Rest in Peace Shirley Temple.

hawkdriver on February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

We need more Shirley Temples and much much less Honey Bo Bo and Kim Kardashian. RIP Shirley and thanks for the memories!

simkeith on February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I swear to God you are the most pissy person that drops comments here. I cannot imagine a life so devoid of joy that you’d feel like this was an appropriate way to note the woman’s passing. Why didn’t you just say nothing?

hawkdriver on February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

My daughter grew up watching Shirley Temple videos…

Thanks Shirley & Godspeed.

workingclass artist on February 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

We have lost yet another icon of a time when America was truly exceptional. Shirley Temple was American youth personified in our age of morality and, dare I say, innocence. Unlike Miley Cyrus, I do not recall ever seeing Ms. Temple twerk or stick her tongue out in an obscene manner. She’s riding on the Good Ship Lollipop in heaven now. And the mortal world is poorer for her passing. R.I.P., Shirley. You were the best.

bimmcorp on February 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

What a vicious thing to say upon the passing of this wonderful woman. What is it with liberals that they cannot even show respect for conservatives even when they die? Is your hate that inbedded in your soulless carcass? It must really suck to wake up in the morning and look into the mirror, dude.

bimmcorp on February 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

In this scene, her facial expression while she is singing is priceless. It is the voice of an adorable little girl and sounds exactly like I’d imagine a child ought to. Otherwise her dancing and acting while she is singing cannot be compared to anything else of that time or this.

Animal Crackers in My Soup.

hawkdriver on February 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

In this scene, her facial expression while she is singing is priceless. It is the voice of an adorable little girl and sounds exactly like I’d imagine a child ought to. Otherwise her dancing and acting while she is singing cannot be compared to anything else of that time or this.

Animal Crackers in My Soup.

hawkdriver on February 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

And that cuts right to it. Nothing in Hollywood like it, no one in Hollywood like her, before or since. Not one-in-a-million. Not one-in-a-billion. One-of-a-kind. We won’t see her like ever again. And the world is somewhat lessened for her passing.

RIP Shirley Temple Black.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

RIP

Dollayo on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I’d hope they’d be singing, dancing, and laughing together. Politics are for the rest of us. – Ed Morrissey on February 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Ed, how very true.

SC.Charlie on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

It’s almost symbolic. That part of America seems to die more and more everyday, and it makes me sad.

RIP Shirley.

bossmanham on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Amen to that.

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My parents sent me to dance school when I was six (in early 60s) to learn tap and ballet, and I’m sure it was a direct link to my enjoyment of Shirley Temple movies.

RIP

tru2tx on February 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Honey boo boo?

BallisticBob on February 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I wish this place a down vote function. Banning would be too good for you.

/sarc

Quartermaster on February 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

True story: when Shirley was still a child star and household name, the envelope of a fan letter was addressed with three little sketches: (1) the profile of a face, with index finger against pursed lips – as in someone gesturing a “Shhhhh…”; (2) a 1930s era wind-up alarm clock, with the hands at 2:00 – as in “early”; (3) a Greek architecture style building – a temple. There was no written name, no street address or PO box, no city, no state, no country. Yet the letter was delivered to her door. She was THAT famous. Amazing, and yes – never to be experienced again.

RIP, Shirley.

GGMac on February 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I suppose you’re one who thinks Bush has class.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Tell us (in your own words) why he doesn’t.

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

And now Mickey Rooney is the last of the old time childhood actors that were able to carry an entire studio all by themselves.

Deano1952 on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

bossmanham on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I think you’re on to something…

American Classic: Shirley Temple

Fast Forward to today: Honey Boo-Boo

Do the math. (it ain’t pretty…)

dpduq on February 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I swear to God you are the most pissy person that drops comments here. I cannot imagine a life so devoid of joy that you’d feel like this was an appropriate way to note the woman’s passing. Why didn’t you just say nothing?

hawkdriver on February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Right with you.

Little Ricky, you really are a piece of shit, you know that?

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

“As cute as cute can get” Baby take a bow…

otlset on February 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Wow, RIP Shirley, what a life that was. I really enjoyed her movies when I was a kid.

jake49 on February 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I gasped when I heard this news.
Of course she’d live a long life of great accomplishments…most of them following her brief but astronomical childhood fame.
More telling, my 10 year old gasped when I showed her the headline.
I took her to see Poor Little Rich Girl on the big screen when she was 5 – and she was hooked. Temple’s charm and talent remains unmatched.

verbaluce on February 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Sad to see another legend pass into eternity, there are so few left. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

She was, really, the first woman who could claim to have been America’s Sweetheart

Would have to disagree on a distinction, Ed. I believe that title would go to Mary Pickford, though to say Shirley Temple was America’s first child sweetheart would be correct. Interestingly, her curly hairstyle was inspired by Pickford.

whatcat on February 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

RIP. You brought joy to millions.

MisterElephant on February 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

My favorite was Heidi which I watched on TV every Christmas growing up. She never lost those adorable dimples.

lea on February 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

She was ok. Cuteness was all she had. She was a terrible singer. The only movie of hers I was ever able to sit through was “The Little Princess”. There was no music in that.

rickv404 on February 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

You’re a a terrible critic. To dismiss her because she wasn’t a great singer is silly. She was a little kid holding her own alongside talent and stars like Alice Faye and Bill Robinson.
I’m fine with someone not liking her or her films, but to say it was because she wasn’t a great singer reveals an ignorance best left un-revealed.

verbaluce on February 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

An American treasure, a gift from God to our country when it was at a low ebb and needed cheering, and a real, true, star. God bless her and her memory.

RIP, Shirley Temple Black. Your kind is so missed in these dark days.

theotherone on February 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

This was one her last public appearances.

verbaluce on February 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

She always seemed so kind. Even with the help. RIP, Shirley.

Nape-wa-ste on February 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I think we should all be grateful for ricky404′s comments because it reminds us just how cynical and narcistic people have become. By the way, rickey404, being a child actress was not a life of luxury back in those days. I have read about how hard it was for her to film the tap dancing scene with Bo Jangles on the staircase. The life of Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, Our Gang, et al., was very difficult.

Having lived through the cold war, being Ambassador in the Soviet Union was not a cushy job. I remember watching her being interviewed on television as Ambassador as a child. Yes, my parents required us to watch political speeches and interviews even as children. She was a very intelligent woman. You just can’t compare people from that era to people of today who truly do live a “cushy” lifestyle.

lea on February 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

When I was little, people used to call me Shirley Temple because of my curly hair and big voice.
She always seems like a class act.
RIP, Ma’am.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

lea on February 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

She was ambassador to Ghana and later ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I remember seeing photos of my wife as a 5 yr. old or thereabouts being dressed and coiffed just like Shirley Temple. This was from the early 1950′s, when her Mother was still of the generation originally infatuated with Shirley Temple. It was a wholesome, innocent goodness that is very scarce in our society today–but I guess that is progress? Mrs. Black will be sorely missed, our World being better for her having been here.

BTW, it’s nice to see that verbaluce actually does have something intelligent to say once in a while. His comments on this thread have reminded me that liberal progressives are also human beings–misguided human beings, but human beings nonetheless. Thanks verby.

NOMOBO on February 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

One of my favourite actresses when I was a kid (all time favourite movie: “The Little Princess”), to a guilty pleasure as a teen, and one of my favourite actresses as an adult. One of her best dance routines, with the incomparable Mr Bill “Bojangles” Robinson STILL can’t be topped in this day and age!

RIP, Shirley! Thank you for all of the joy (and tears) you brought to so many!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I hope they have a classy, appropriate tribute to her on the Oscars show. That is soon isn’t it? I would tune in if I knew the exact moment it would air for I don’t watch that show. But I guess there would be clips of it available the day after.
Knowing how Hollyweird operates, they would probably digitize Miley twerking next to Shirley tapping.

Brat on February 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

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