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Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story 

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

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Shirley Temple (as Emily Anne Hart)
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Shirley Temple (as Ashley Rose Orr)
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Shirley Temple, age 3 (as Samantha Leslie Gilliams)
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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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The good ship Lollipop is not much buffeted
6 August 2010 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Based on a published autobiography, and with the author as consultant, this production portrays the protagonist as well nigh flawless. And for all the grumbling of the adults around her about warding off the danger of spoiling her, she seems to be pretty well cocooned, with her most fearsome enemy the impending career uncertainty at the end of her childhood. The viewer can see adulthood haunting her constantly in the person of her mother, who (at least as presented here and excellently acted by Connie Britton) looks very much like the grown-up Shirley Temple. It is not a terrifying adulthood to look forward too, except that it holds no magical excitement. More ominous as a hint of the inevitable future is Shirley's attachment to the ill-fated Amelia Earhart, but the script cannot pretend it was a central concern of Shirley's; that would make Shirley look like a maniac. So the movie leads up to the question of how Shirley will confront the end of child stardom. Unfortunately, that is where it ends. There are a few words of reassurance from her mother, but how Shirley Temple is forced to attempt to re-invent herself, where she fails and how, and where she succeeds and how, are a missing denouement.


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