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Child star of 1930s and 40s remembered at Oscars ceremony after her death earlier this year
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
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The Oscars paid tribute to Shirley Temple, the Oscar-winning child star who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor.
Temple was given an honorary juvenile Oscar in 1935 at the age of six, after a string of box-office successes including Bright Eyes and Baby Take a Bow helped to distract America in the throes of the Depression. Her screen career flourished during the 1930s, before taking a downturn during the second world war, followed by her official retirement in 1950. Apart from a few subsequent TV appearances, Temple turned to a political career, and served as Us ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia, among other high-profile posts.
Temple, who used the name Temple Black after her 1950 marriage to Charles Alden Black, »
- Andrew Pulver
Review by Sam Moffitt
I never was a fan of Shirley Temple, far from it. I do recall seeing most of her movies years ago. Back in the Sixties Channel 11, in St. Louis, used to have a Shirley Temple Theater on weekend afternoons. My sister Judy, for some reason, had to watch those Shirley Temple films. So I can recall seeing Bright Eyes, the Little Colonel, Heidi, Little Miss Marker and what have you.
To say I was not impressed would be a major understatement. Even as a young kid I realized there was a strict formula to Shirley’s movies, namely her sunny disposition and optimistic outlook would win over cranky old adults and straighten out bratty little kids, who were usually the villains, in her films, and that was about all.
I do recognize and respect Shirley Temple’s place in film history. She was the biggest star »
- Movie Geeks
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1. Shirley Temple Black Dies
Legendary child actress Shirley Temple Black passed away on Monday night, Feb. 10. She was 85.
The actress, perhaps best known for her 1930s films Little Princess, Bright Eyes and Heidi, died in her Woodside, Calif. home, her nephew Richard Black told The Hollywood Reporter. She had recently begun hospice care.
Temple, who served as a foreign ambassador and diplomat for four U.S. presidents, won a Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award in 2006. "When I was 3 years old, I was delighted to be told that I was an actress, even though I didn't know what an actress was," she said during her acceptance speech. "I have one »
Turner Classic Movies will air a tribute to the late Hollywood legend Shirley Temple.
Temple passed away at the age of 85 from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California earlier this week.
Shirley Temple dies: The Hollywood icon's life in pictures
TCM has since confirmed that it will air eight of her classic films on Sunday, March 9.
TCM presenter Robert Osborne referred to Temple as an icon of the film industry in a statement announcing the tribute.
Osborne commented: "Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood's pint-sized Queen at age 7, grew up to be such a lovely, civic-minded citizen, wife and mother, »
The peerless Shirley Temple captivated audiences throughout the 1930s in such beguiling movies as Bright Eyes and Curly Top. Besides home video, her roles also live on today thanks to a staggering amount of Shirley Temple memorabilia. Below, but a small sampling of the wide range of Shirley Temple collectibles currently available to her millions of fans over the Internet. 1. Little Miss Broadway Movie PosterPrice: $7,799.992. Bank of Canada "Shirley Temple" $20 BillPrice: $1,809.213. 1930s 27 Inch Shirley Temple DollPrice: $1,350.004. Whitney Carriage Company Baby PramPrice: $800.00Photos: Remembering America's Darling: Shirley Temple's Life in Photos5. 14K Gold Over Sterling RingPrice: $560.006. Color Photo Autographed by »
- Kelli Bender
Her films enchanted strife-hit Us audiences, and unlike so many child stars to come, she made a diplomatic transition to adulthood
• Shirley Temple obituary
• Shirley Temple: a career in clips
In the grim years of the Depression and the poverty-stricken 1930s, America took to its heart a lovable, curly-haired little girl who looked every bit as vulnerable as they felt, but who with the help of her pals and tender good-hearted grownups would put her best foot forward and surely win through in the end. This was Shirley Temple, who in that decade became one of the biggest stars in the world — her career and attractions shrewdly nurtured by the formidable 20th Century Fox studio chief Darryl F Zanuck, for whom Temple became a singing-and-dancing, ringleted cash calf.
She also achieved fame as a striking, almost unique example of how a child star graduates gracefully from the juvenile-lead status »
- Peter Bradshaw
On Tuesday Farrow said Temple, still held as one of the most famous child stars of all time, "raised the spirits of a nation during the Great Depression", while Goldberg identified her as "one of a kind".
George Clooney expressed appreciation for Temple's huge contribution to film history "from the very beginning". He added: "I'm sure it wasn't easy being a child star, although she went on to become an ambassador, so she reinvented herself along the way … it's a great loss."
- Henry Barnes
The film world lost a certified legend lat last night as Shirley Temple (or Shirley Temple Black as she was known after she got married to Charles Black and retired from acting in her 20′s) passed away at the age of 85. She died of natural causes and obviously led a long life, much of it spent in front of the camera. Perhaps the most famous child star of all time, Temple Black was a giant in the industry for sure, and made her impact as a young girl, which makes that even more astounding. One of the biggest box office draws of her time and easily the youngest A-lister ever, Temple Black was able to command a record salary of $50,000 a picture. That might not sound like a huge amount now, but this was the 1930′s, so that was a massive sum of money to earn. That alone puts her in the history books. »
- Joey Magidson
Actor, who became one of the most famous child stars of all time, has died at the age of 85
• Shirley Temple obituary
• Shirley Temple: a career in clips
Farrow credited Temple, still held as the most famous child stars of all time, for "rais[ing] the spirits of a nation during the Great Depression", while Goldberg identified her as "one of a kind". Temple began her singular career aged three, finding early success with chirpy hits such as Curly Top, Heidi and Bright Eyes. That film featured one of Temple's best known performances, a rendition of Richard A Whiting and Sidney Clare's On the Good Ship Lollipop.
Temple left the film business in 1950. She returned for a brief stint in television, »
- Henry Barnes
TCM, Turner Broadcasting System’s Peabody Award-winning network boasting one of the largest film libraries in the world, is known for its dearly-departed marathons, among other features. Shirley Temple Black, better known as Shirley Temple, was arguably the most famous child star in history who, after saying so long to that career, went on to become U.S. representative at the United Nations, U.S. ambassador to Ghana, U.S. chief of protocol in Washington, D.C., and, U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately, her death on Monday fell in the midst of TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” marathon. So the network announced this afternoon it would wait to fete Temple on Sunday, March 9. Related: R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black “Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized Queen »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
11 February 2014 10:06 AM, PST | IMDb News
Shirley Temple Black, the one-time child star whose precocious acting ability, cheery demeanor and innocent face made her one of the biggest draws of the 1930s, died on Monday night at her home in California. She was 85.
From the age of six to ten Shirley Temple was once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. While the rest of the nation was mired in the Great Depression Shirley Temple sang and danced her way through it in films such as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Miss Marker, Heidi and The Little Princess.
Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, the third and youngest child (and only girl) of George Francis Temple, a bank teller, and Gertrude Krieger, a supremely willful stage mother (Temple dedicated her autobiography to her). Her parents noticed an innate sense of rhythm and extroverted presence as early as eight months in Shirley. She was put in acting classes by the age of three and was starring in a series of cloying shorts in 1932 and ’33, as well as assaying bit parts in larger films.
It was her performance of “Baby Takes a Bow” in 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer, a film that debuted in May, that thrust her into prominence. She was obviously a natural in front of the camera with a wide range of talent. She could sing. She could dance. She could act. Fox signed her on and, by the end of the same year, which also held the hits Little Miss Marker and Bright Eyes (where she famously sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop”) and several other roles, Shirley Temple was a star. A mere nine months after Stand Up and Cheer hit screens, in February of 1935, she received a special “Juvenile Award” at the Oscars “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.”
For the next few years the public couldn’t get enough of her. Exhibitors named her the top box-office attraction of 1935 (when she sang “Animal Crackers” in Curly Top) - 1938. A non-alcoholic drink was named after her (a mixture of ginger ale and grenadine) and a cottage industry sprang up around her likeness including dolls, coloring books, and dress lines. She tapped alongside Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, in The Littlest Rebel, starred in John Ford’s Wee Willie Winkie and several Allan Dwan films, Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Graham Greene’s review of Winkie, where he accused Temple of being an adult impersonating a child, and where he impugned the motives for older men’s attraction to her, caused such an uproar that Night and Day, the magazine in which the review was published, shortly thereafter was bankrupted and folded.)
As she matured, Hollywood and the audience, now veterans of World War II, and seemingly unable to reconcile the fact that the cherubic star had become a comely young woman, looked elsewhere. Temple was no longer the compliant child but a willful ingénue. After two flops she canceled her contract with Fox and moved over to MGM but fared no better there.
At 17 she wed fellow actor John Agar but the marriage fell apart five years later. Temple, now divorced with a child, lost her interest in movie-making. The audience too moved on. She became a cautionary tale in many circles, an example of the loose morals and bad ends destined for Hollywood types. Her talent agency, MCA, unceremoniously dropped her and Temple’s meteoric career was over. She wasn’t yet 21.
Later life included several quickly-canceled variety shows but she attained a second act as a public figure and politician, even running for office in the vacant Republican seat in her congressional district. In 1968 President Richard Nixon appointed her as the US representative at the United Nations and she became an ambassador to Ghana from 1974-1976. She later also held the post of US Chief of protocol and ambassador to Czechoslovakia (appointed by President George H.W. Bush).
Shortly after her divorce from Agar Shirley Temple met and married Charles Black, a TV executive. They were married for 55 years, until his death, and had two children together. »
- Keith Simanton
Famous child star from the 1930s and 40s Shirley Temple Black has died at 85 years old. The former child actress passed away from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California on Monday (Feb. 10, 2014) her agent has confirmed. Her family said in a statement: ''She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. ''We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and... our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.'' Shirley landed her first movie role at the age of three and, in 1935, she became the youngest person to receive an Academy Award - a record she still holds - when she won a special juvenile Oscar aged just six. She starred in over 43 films - including 'Bright Eyes', 'Stand Up and Cheer' and 'Curly Top' but struggled to maintain her cinematic career in adulthood and retired from movies in 1950, though she continued to »
Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014), the most iconic child star of film history who was a box office sensation throughout the 1930s, has died at age 85. Known for her dimples and perfectly-ringleted head of curls (56 ringlets, to be exact), Temple broke into the movies at only three years old, and went on to star in a series of vehicles (many of which were the VHS staples of my childhood) like "Bright Eyes," "Little Miss Marker," "Stand Up and Cheer," "The Little Colonel," "Baby Take a Bow," "Heidi," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "The Little Princess," to name only a few. More than just a cute face, Temple had a remarkable ability for song and dance routines, as exemplified particularly in "The Codfish Ball" routine she does with Buddy Ebsen in "Captain January," where she matches the limber-legged Ebsen step for step in a four minute sequence. (Watch it, below.) "The Little Princess »
- Beth Hanna
Legendary singing-and-dancing child star Shirley Temple died Monday night of natural causes in her Woodside, Calif., home, surrounded by her family and caregivers. Temple, who later spent time as a U.N. delegate and ambassador, was best-known for her early roles in movies like Bright Eyes, in which she performed her signature song, "Good Ship Lollipop," The Little Colonel and Curly Top, which featured her classic rendition of "Animal Crackers in My Soup." Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Temple's Bright Eyes co-star Jane Withers was shocked and distraught when she learned of Temple's
- Hilary Lewis
America’s little sweetheart has passed away at the age of 85. Shirley Temple Black will be remembered by the world as The embodiment of cuteness who left a glowing shine on cinema during one of America’s darkest eras. To say that we have lost an icon and a legend would be an understatement.
Shirley Jane Temple was born on April 23, 1928 and enjoyed three years before jumping into show business. The film Bright Eyes (1934) catapulted her to worldwide fame, ultimately resulting in the young actress winning a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1935 for her overall body of work in ’34. Throughout the mid-to-late thirties (a.k.a. The Great Depression) Temple reigned as America’s sweetheart in films like Curly Top, Wee Willie Winkie, Poor Little ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Cherubic child star of the 1930s who returned to public life as a Us diplomat
From 1934 to 1938, when she was at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple (later known as Shirley Temple Black), who has died aged 85, appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpled cherub, whose chirpy singing and toddler's tap dancing were perfect antidotes to the depression. "During this depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that, for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles," Franklin D Roosevelt stated in 1935, referring to the world's biggest and littlest star.
- Ronald Bergan
It’s a sad day for film fans, with the loss of another screen icon. Former child star and U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple died on Monday night of natural causes, at her home in California. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones.
A spokesperson for the family issued the following statement shortly after Temple’s death:
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 fifty-five years.
Shirley Temple was born in 1928, began acting at age 3, and was a major Hollywood star by age 7. She appeared in 43 feature films and 14 short films over her remarkable career, including Bright Eyes and The Little Princess. Known for her shock of curly hair and her fast tap-dancing feet, her career took off throughout the 1930s. In 1935, she was even awarded a »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, another iconic star from decades past has left this world. The New York Times reports former child star Shirley Temple has passed away at her home in Califorinia due to natural causes at age 85 years old. Temple's career began at the tender age of three in 1931, but she became a big screen sensation after starring in Bright Eyes, which featured the adorable actress in the memorable musical number "The Good Ship Lollipop." For the next fours years she would become the top box office draw and is credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy during The Depression. The actress' publicist released a statement saying, "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. 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 for 55 years »
- Ethan Anderton
The sad news that Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday at the age of 85 likely had many fans reminiscing about her iconic work…and perhaps beginning to hum “On the Good Ship Lollipop” while sipping on her eponymous drink.
Though she retired from acting at the age of 22, her career featured many memorable performances — usually complete with a song-and-dance routine. Watch some of her most famous scenes below. (Note: Some of these videos have been colorized.)
1.) Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
2.) Bright Eyes (1934)
3.) Curly Top (1935)
4.) The Little Colonel (1935)
5.) Heidi (1937)
6.) The Little Princess (1939) »
- Erin Strecker
One of the most beloved child stars ever has passed away.Shirley Temple, also known as Shirley Temple Black, died on Tuesday from natural causes at the age of 85.According to a statement from her loved ones, the former actress "was surrounded by her family and caregivers. "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 for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," the statement continues.Known for her trademark curls and the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop," Temple starred in films like "Stand Up and Cheer!," "Bright Eyes," "Baby Take a Bow," "A Little Princess" and "Heidi" back in the 1930s. She was also given a mini Oscar for her work.After retiring from films in the 1950s, Temple Black also worked in politics. She »
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