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Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001)

The life, laughters, and luck of one of the most famous and beloved child stars, Shirley Temple.



(book) (as Shirley Temple Black), (teleplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple (as Emily Anne Hart)
Shirley Temple (as Ashley Rose Orr)
James Barkley ...
Peter Barron ...
Assistant Director
Randall Berger ...
Bank President (as Randall Berger Jr.)
Zoe Bertram ...
Alex Brown ...
Film Crew Member
Paul Craig ...
John Diedrich ...
Jerome Ehlers ...
Tony Farrell ...
Samantha Hart ...
Shirley Temple, age 3 (as Samantha Leslie Gilliams)


The life, laughters, and luck of one of the most famous and beloved child stars, Shirley Temple.

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Hollywood's biggest star stood just three feet tall. See more »

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Release Date:

13 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Leben der Shirley Temple  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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peculiar, lifeless bio pic
27 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Really quite a peculiar bio pic. In fairness, I didn't catch the first 15 minutes of this when it was shown on TV, but I can't imagine it being substantially different from the rest of the movie. Some observations:

  • it's difficult to believe that a screenplay like this got through

development. - The movie seems to have a somewhat sanitized view of shirly's relationship with her parents, the scenes where she interacts with them are strangely muted - Nothing (that I could see) is mentioned about race and shirly's relationship with Bill Bojangles (uncle billy)
  • surely this would have been interesting to learn about - we see how

the studio boos sees shirly, and makes some offhand comments privately, but in terms of the screenplay, it leads nowhere - the young lady who plays Temple is fine, but doesn't resemble her in any way physically or in the way she speaks or mannerisms. - the movie seems to end mid-scene

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