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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.


Nadia Tass


Shirley Temple (book) (as Shirley Temple Black), Joe Wiesenfeld (teleplay)

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2 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Britton ... Gertrude Temple
Colin Friels ... George Temple
Hinton Battle ... Bill Bojangles Robinson
Emily Hart ... Shirley Temple (as Emily Anne Hart)
Ashley Rose ... Shirley Temple (as Ashley Rose Orr)
James Barkley James Barkley ... Jack at age 13
Peter Barron Peter Barron ... Assistant Director
Randall Berger ... Bank President (as Randall Berger Jr.)
Zoe Bertram ... Mrs. Pelucci
Alex Brown Alex Brown ... Film Crew Member
Paul Craig Paul Craig ... Simon Lee
John Diedrich John Diedrich ... Sheehan
Jerome Ehlers Jerome Ehlers ... John Ford
Tony Farrell Tony Farrell ... Henry Hathaway
Samantha Hart 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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Too young to read, tie her shoes, or tell time. But by the age of six she was Hollywood's leading lady. See more »

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USA | Australia



Release Date:

13 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Leben der Shirley Temple See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Seventeen years after this film, Ben Mendelsohn (Alexander Hall) and Connie Britton (Gertrude Temple) play love interests in The Land of Steady Habits (2018). See more »


When Shirley is showing the new doll made of her, the doll is a modern Danbury Mint Porcelain Shirley Temple doll rather than the 1934 Ideal Composition doll. See more »

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Why was this made? It's Terrible!
24 May 2001 | by m_yellowboySee all my reviews

Whats the point of this boring movie? I mean Shirley Temple had it so easy. What does she have to complain about anyway? ABC has been putting out some great movies like "Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland" and "Anne Frank". Those two were great biographies of two people who really suffered. To me little Shirley seemed spoiled and annoying. It just wasted my Sunday night, which was my 18th birthday. Another reason i didn't enjoy this movie is because I am not a Shirley Temple fan at all, instead I am a big Judy Garland fan. Now Judy was a true star and at least she can act and sing a whole lot better than shirley. If you want to see a really good tv-movie about a star, watch "Me and My Shadows", not this pathetic excuse for a tv-movie.

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