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    11 February 2014 Last updated at 05:31 ET
    Obituary: Shirley Temple

    Shirley Temple later rued aspects of her childhood.

    Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85, was that rare example of a Hollywood child star who, when the cameras stopped rolling, carved out a new career.

    With her ringlets, dimples and precocious talent, America's "Little Princess", charmed audiences during the 1930's Depression

    For four years, she was Hollywood's biggest box-office star representing the kind of sweet, innocent girl everyone wanted as their daughter.

    And after a period of domesticity she re-emerged as a successful businesswoman and politician.

    Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California on 23 April 1928.
    Encouraged by her mother she learned to dance while she was still a toddler and was enrolled in a Los Angeles dance school when she was just three.

    This led to her being signed up by a talent spotter for Educational Pictures which promptly featured her in a series of one-reelers entitled Baby Burlesques.
    Temple later described them as "a cynical exploitation of our childish innocence that occasionally were racist or sexist".

    When Educational went bust in 1933 she signed up with Fox Film Corporation, first appearing in a number of bit parts
    Wee Willie Winkie was her favourite film

    In 1934 Stand Up and Cheer, became her first feature film and she stole the show with her rendition of Baby Take a Bow.

    Her box office potential was obvious and at the age of six she was earning $1,250 a week; more than $21,000 at today's values.

    Her income from her films was doubled by sales of merchandise including Shirley Temple
    dolls and a host of girls clothes and accessories.

    I class myself with Rin Tin Tin”

    Across the world, audiences flocked to see her in films such as Little Miss Marker, The Little Colonel and The Littlest Rebel.

    Everyone sang along to her songs, especially On the Good Ship Lollipop, which appeared in the film Bright Eyes.

    In 1935 she was awarded a special juvenile Oscar and her foot and hand prints were added to those of stars such as Jean Harlow and Mary Pickford outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

    By the age of 10, Temple was the country's top box office draw. President Roosevelt even credited her with helping to raise American morale during the trials of the Great Depression.
    Her own assessment of this period is somewhat different. "I class myself with Rin Tin Tin," she once said, referring to the canine star. "They fell in love with a dog and a little girl."

    Goodness always triumphed over evil in her plots which were often based on traditional fairy stories.

    As she got older her character was altered slightly as the fresh faced little six year old turned into a pre-adolescent.
    The Little Princess marked the peak of her career

    The studio, aware that time was not on their side, began to invest more money in her films which, certainly in the early days, had been made on a tight budget.

    Directors of the stature of John Ford were hired and his collaboration with her, Wee Willie Winkie, remained Temple's favourite.

    The peak of her film career came in 1939 when The Little Princess, her first outing in Technicolor, became a critical and box office success.


    I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six”

    Not everyone was enamoured. The author Graham Greene said she was just too nubile for a nine year old.

    In a magazine article he accused "middle aged men and clergymen" of finding it acceptable to respond to her "desirable little body" because "the safety curtain of story and dialogue drops between their intelligence and desire."
    The studio and Temple successfully sued for libel.


    By the 1950s she'd retired to a domestic life

    Fox turned down a huge offer from MGM for her to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the role went to Judy Garland, and instead cast her in Susannah of the Mounties.

    The film did not go down well with audiences and neither did her two follow ups in 1940.
    At the age of 12 Temple's star had finally burnt out: her parents bought out the remainder of her contract and sent her to an exclusive girl's school.

    An attempted comeback with MGM in 1941 came to nothing. She made two films for David O Selznick during World War Two but he was not interested in seeing her develop.
    She had become typecast as the sweet six-year-old and Selznick suggested she move abroad, change her name and develop her acting skills.

    In 1945 she married John Agar an army physical training instructor and had a daughter but the union lasted only four years.
    Although Temple appeared from time to time on television, she retired from films in 1950.


    Some people are stuck on this image of the little girl. She is not me”

    Charles Black, a wealthy San Francisco businessman, became her second husband, and she disappeared from the limelight for nearly 20 years.

    When she returned to the public eye in 1967, it was as Shirley Temple Black, Republican candidate for Congress.

    Following her defeat in this election, Temple Black continued to work for the party, even travelling to Europe the following year to rally support for Richard Nixon.
    In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and became one of the first high profile women to talk openly about the disease.
    She emerged on the political stage as a supporter of Richard Nixon

    When he became president, Nixon rewarded her with an appointment to the American delegation to the United Nations. Then, in 1974, President Ford appointed her the United States Ambassador to Ghana.

    She fell out of favour with Ronald Reagan, with whom she had once appeared in a film called, That Hagen Girl, but his successor, George Bush Snr, appointed her Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

    An outspoken opponent of racial discrimination, she quickly gained popularity and a reputation for hard work, charm and an unorthodox way of working.

    In July 1976, she became the first woman Chief of Protocol at the White House with the rank of Ambassador, but left office six months later, when Jimmy Carter became president.

    The veteran of some 43 films later rued some lost aspects of her childhood.
    "I stopped believing in Santa Claus at the age of six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph."

    And she drew a line between her childhood stardom and her later political career.
    "Some people are stuck on this image of the little girl," she once said. "She is not me. We shouldn't live in the past; my life is now."

    Nevertheless, for many across the world, the name Shirley Temple always called to mind a superstar cherub, banging out a tune, bouncing her curls, toe-tapping her tiny feet and representing all that was happiest about childhood.


    BBC News - Obituary: Shirley Temple

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    We cross posted so I've edited mine out .

    This is the BBC news article I had.

    11 February 2014 Last updated at 10:46

    Hollywood star Shirley Temple dies






    Hollywood star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85, her family has said.
    The actress found fame as a child star in the 1930s in films like Bright Eyes, Stand Up and Cheer and Curly Top.
    She died on Monday at home in Woodside, California, from natural causes. "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers," a statement said.
    "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and... our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother."
    Temple was one of the most popular child stars in Hollywood history, getting her first film role at the age of three.
    She won a special juvenile Oscar in 1935, when she was just six years old. To this day, she is still the youngest person to receive an Academy Award.
    Her singing, dancing and acting won over fans worldwide. She starred in a total of 43 feature films - but found it difficult to sustain her career in adulthood and retired from films in 1950.



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    From Wikipedia:

    In January 1950, Temple met Charles Alden Black, a WWII United States Navy intelligence officer and Silver Star recipient who was Assistant to the President of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.Conservative and patrician, he was the son of James B. Black, the president and later chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric, and reputedly one of the richest young men in California. Temple and Black were married in his parents' Del Monte, California home on December 16, 1950, before a small assembly of family and friends. The couple remained married for 54 years until his death on August 4, 2005.



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    awww this is sad news. RIP Shirley
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    Yeah, the "Good Ship Lollipop" sets sail for its final time.
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    Thanks for the Sunday mornings after church, Shirley. You were the only thing on tv, but it made my day.

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    I loved her films when I was a kid. RIP Shirley. Thanks for bringing some sweetness to our lives.

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    Awww.

    I used to watch her movies with my grandmother as a little kid. She just LOVED her.

    RIP, Curly Top.
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    Loved The Little Stowaway and The Young People. RIP Shirley.
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    She certainly had a good life. Here is a child star who did it right.
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    She sure was special! My oldest daughter looked exactly like Shirley when she was little.

    She had the blonde curly hair and people always stopped to comment on it. My daughter was shy and found it disturbing when strangers would speak to her about "Shirley Temple."

    Now she's 21, a dyed redhead who straightens her hair! LOL

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    Aww RIP Shirley

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    This is terrible but I thought she was already dead.

    She was a damn cute kid and I found it impressive that she got into politics as a woman in the 60's.
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    I didn't know she was still alive. RIP world's most popular children's cocktail!

    (I love that picture that azoria posted by the way. What a beautiful face.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by darksithbunny View Post
    Thanks for the Sunday mornings after church, Shirley. You were the only thing on tv, but it made my day.
    She was a fixture of my Sunday mornings, too. My sisters and I loved her, though my father referred to her as "Shitty Temple" because he disapproved of kids acting cute to "suck up to adults." (My dad, what can I say.) I remember my mom used to curl our hair with rags so we could get Shirley Temple curls. I love how she stood up for herself and defined herself as an adult. And how she put her stardom into perspective. Today's child stars/trainwrecks could learn a lot from her.

    RIP Shirley! I feel like shaking my curls and tap-dancing a bit now.
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