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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Remembering Shirley Temple Black 1928 - 2014

Actress Shirley Temple, who died Monday at age 85, began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and she received a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1935. After retiring from films in 1950 at the age of 22 (and beginning a 54-year-long marriage to her second husband, Charles Alden Black), she served as the U.S. ambassador to Ghana (1974-76) and Czechoslovakia (1989-92).

Below you can enjoy some of Shirley Temple's many films as well as a few of her television appearances.

Little Miss Marker (1934) with Dorothy Dell

Bright Eyes (1934)

Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) with Alice Faye and Jack Haley

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy

That Hagen Girl (1947) with Ronald Reagan

The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Sing Along with Mitch (and Leslie Uggams) on February 3, 1964.

An interview with Michael Parkinson on his talk show, Parkinson, on July 22, 1972.

She was a Kennedy Center Honoree in December 1998.


joel65913 said...

Nice tribute Marc. While she always remained vital and somewhat in the public eye it always surprised me when I saw her that see wasn't older. I know she was little more than an infant when she began but she was just always there and her films seemed to have been made so long ago. Of course now that's a fact but when I was a kid not so much.

She had an wonderful life and what was so great was that even with her massive fame as a child she wasn't warped by it as so many were and are and contributed so much as an adult. I particularly enjoyed the clip from the British interview show, it showed her to really have it together. Her answers were intelligent, concise and showed her to be a down to earth realist.

Her frank acknowledgement of her breast cancer in the 70's, I remember seeing her in her hospital bed on the front page of the newspaper, when such things were not discussed surely saved hundreds if not thousands of lives. Her simply stated reasoning of "I wanted people to realize if this could happen to Shirley Temple it could happen to anybody." spoke to both her awareness of the power of her fame and her desire to use it to a positive purpose.

I love many of her star vehicles, Bright Eyes gets me every time!, but my favorite of her films is and always will be The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. She, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and the whole cast really make a feast of the material, which won a well deserved Oscar.

Marc said...

Glad you liked my tribute, Joel! And The Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer is my favorite as well.