RIP Shirley Temple

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2014/02/11 09:19:26 (permalink)

RIP Shirley Temple

We have just lost not only a legend, but a major entertainment "gift" to America. Shirley Temple made America smile, sing and laugh. She was and will remain something special....and as long as there is film, future generations will enjoy the curly topped, dimpled child. God Bless you Shirley....and thanks!
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    pineyhill
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/11 09:32:39 (permalink)
    I second what leethebard said!!!
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/11 09:58:20 (permalink)
    Me three.
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/11 11:31:07 (permalink)
    Coincidentally, I just saw one of her films with the great Bill Robinson, "The Littlest Rebel," on TV a few days ago. I'd never seen it before.  In addition to the great musical number with Robinson, it includes some rather controversial elements -- Shirley in blackface at one point (in an attempt to elude capture by marauding Union troops) -- and is generally quite sympathetic toward the "rebel" cause and slavery (something like "Gone with the Wind"). I think that must be the reason I don't recall every seeing it on TV as a child, whereas all the other films were shown. That said, having seen it, I'm with Leonard Maltin who said it is probably one of her best films. Her performance is outstanding.
     
    I also remember the "Shirley Temple's Storybook" anthology series on TV (on NBC, I think) in the late 1950s/early 60s. Some of them were conventional fairy tales, but I remember two in particular: "The Princess and the Goblin" and, of all things, "The House of Seven Gables."  Shirley Temple always hosted them and sometimes acted in them.  I thought they were wonderful at the time, and it's amazing to me how they've stuck with me all these years later.  
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/11 11:57:42 (permalink)
    I loved her movies, too!  She was so adorable and talented.  I still have this--it's in pretty decent shape.

     
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/11 13:23:24 (permalink)
    One thing nobody can deny and that I was discussing with a few co-workers is that she never: crashed a car, overdosed on drugs, was found drunk sitting on the sidewalk, opened her mouth and said something nasty in public, got arrested, etc. She's who every single young celebrity or aspiring one should emulate. Shirley did all her showing off on the screen! May she rest in peace, tapdancing in heaven.
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/12 10:00:39 (permalink)
    Few realize now that she - in terms of the number of years in which she topped the box-office - was the most popular movie star of all time. 
     
    Her long life was well-lived.  God Bless and RIP, Ms. Temple-Black.
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/12 10:16:01 (permalink)
    harriet1954

    One thing nobody can deny and that I was discussing with a few co-workers is that she never: crashed a car, overdosed on drugs, was found drunk sitting on the sidewalk, opened her mouth and said something nasty in public, got arrested, etc. She's who every single young celebrity or aspiring one should emulate. Shirley did all her showing off on the screen! May she rest in peace, tapdancing in heaven.

     
    I was thinking the same thing Harriet.  Call it, Child Star Gone Good!
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    Re:RIP Shirley Temple 2014/02/12 12:01:54 (permalink)
    The only stain she was involved in was her Father squandered millions of her earnings.
    Lord she was talented, could burst out crying on cue, never forgot a line, knew all her co actors lines, not to mention her world class ability to sing, dance and act. A Superstar's Superstar.
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