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Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time

The painting depicts the child star Shirley Temple as a sphinx. Shirley Temple’s head, taken from a newspaper photograph, is superimposed on the body of a red lioness with breasts and white claws. On top of the head is a vampire bat. Surrounding the sphinx are a human skull and other bones, suggesting her latest kill. At the bottom of the painting is a trompe-l'œil label that reads: “Shirley!. at last in Technicolor.” The painting has been described as a satire on the sexualization of child stars by Hollywood.

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The stars come out to play in Mickey’s Polo Team (January 4, 1936)

Featuring: Shirley Temple, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Laughton, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Harold Lloyd, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Harpo Marx