Shirley Temple — the most famous child star in history — passed away last night at the age of 85. Born in 1928, she landed her first film role at just three years old, and soon became the bright, curly–haired child superstar who lifted America’s spirits during the Great Depression. “America’s Little Darling” starred in 23 movies during those years, and was easily the most popular actor — or person, even — at the time; she was photographed more often than beloved President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Chances are, even if you’d never seen this clip or had no idea which movie it’s from, you know the words. The scene really shows just how adorable Temple was, not to mention how talented. She sang, danced and commanded attention in any scene — not bad for a 5–year–old. It’s not hard to imagine how easily she cheered up a sad, downcast nation.
I’m sorry guys, but I need to take a moment and post about Shirley Temple. She passed away Monday night. I am a bit saddened over this. I grew up with her when I was a child. I absolutely adored her and her movies. RIP, Shirley. You were amazing.
Shirley Temple Black April 23, 1928-February 10, 2014
Actress, singer, dancer, ambassador, and America’s little darling has sadly passed away at 85. Some of my favorite and earliest memories involved accompanying my dad to Kroger and renting all of her VHS’s. I was obsessed! There’s even a picture floating around somewhere of me in that iconic white and red polka-dotted dress with the famous curly hair. Shirley Temple had a great impact and influence on me and my career path. I’ll always love and be grateful to her. RIP to an icon.