In Memory of Shirley Temple…

February 12, 2014
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Born April 23rd, 1928, Shirley Temple was one of Hollywoods’ first child stars. Our hearts are heavy learning of her death at the age of 85 but with her contributions to the entertainment industry, we’re here to pay our respects and remember!

Her first professional role was at the ripe age of 3, when she was contracted with Educational Pictures and cast in a series of low-budget movies dubbed “Baby Burlesques.” Her parents saw endless potential in her therefore enrolling her in dance lessons in order to give her even more to offer. Her father later became her manager and financial advisor.

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Her life hit some normality at the age of 6 while she attended Westlake school for girls, but that was on the side. Her early roles landed her Fox Film Corporation. She then appeared in her first feature film Carolina. Her contract with Fox brought her eight more films, including the hit Little Miss Marker. Her triple threat talent (acting, singing, dancing) proved to be an absolute hollywood sensation. Her irresistible charm, ringlet curls and optimistic character earned her the rightful praise.

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The love for Shirley Temple came from the hardships of the Great Depression. During times of economic struggle she brought joy to people. So much so, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to Temple as “Little Miss Miracle” and even went as far as saying that “as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”

Furthering her child star career, Shirley Temple’s song-and-dance routine to “On The Good Ship Lollipop” in 1935’s Bright Eyes earned her an Academy Award for “Outstanding Personality of 1934. By 1940, Temple had 40 films under her belt.

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Audiences struggled to see their “Little Miss Miracle” grow up but regardless she starred in more films going into her adolescence. The Blue Bird and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer were some of her bigger hits. After a few small parts here and there, Temple noticed the level of difficulty in landing major roles, marking an earlier than planned end to her entertainment career.

With her acting career petering out, she focused her efforts in work for public service. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. congressional seat. From 1969 to ’70, she served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Perhaps her most prominent role was as Chief of protocol of the United Sates, which was a position she held until 1977.

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After a life lived to the fullest, she shined her light on all of us in our brightest to darkest years. At 85, Shirley passed from natural causes at her home near San Francisco, California. Her family issued a statement, “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of 55 years.”

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Sara Soulati (@sarasoulati)

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