POSTED February 11 2014

Shirley Temple Black 1928-2014

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Shirley Temple Black modeled pluck and resilience on screen and in her post-Hollywood career was a most resilient and plucky of women, philosophical about her father having misappropriated the millions she made as a child star, outspoken about women being proactive about breast cancer and by all reports (including that of Henry Kissinger), a diligent and hardworking diplomat.

Here is what I wrote about her today. Lower the flags on the Good Ship Lollipop to half mast and savor her dry humor: “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

My favorite Shirley Temple movie: The Little Princess (1939), in which a rich girl is reduced to servant girl and for the most part stoic about it. Yours?

 


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