Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Women We Love: Shirley Temple

Object of our affection: Shirley Temple, actress/ singer/dancer.

- The curly-topped, pint-sized dynamo was the number one box office star for three years running ... starting at the age of 8. She was honored in 1934 by the Academy Awards for her contributions to film with a miniature Oscar, and has also received lifetime achievement awards from the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild.

- America's sweetheart won over Depression era audiences with her irristable charms, spunky characters and show-stopping dancing in Little Miss Marker, Baby Take a Bow, Bright Eyes, The Little Colonel, Curly Top, The Littlest Rebel, Captain January, Poor Little Rich Girl, Heidi, Little Miss Broadway, The Little Princess and The Blue Bird.

- Her golden touch extended to music as well, turning such tunes as "On the Good Ship Lollipop", "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and "At the Codfish Ball" into eternal childhood standards.

- As she grew from perky moppet into a confident teen, she continued to appear in such movies as Since You Went Away, I'll Be Seeing You, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, That Hagen Girl, Fort Apache, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College and The Story of Seabiscuit.

- Adulthood came and she put Hollywood behind her, becoming Shirley Temple Black, United States Ambassador and United Nations delegate. But Hollywood -- and the world -- has never forgotten her; next week, the Academy will celebrate her 80th birthday year with premiere screenings of new restorations of two of her biggest hits, Wee Willie Winkie and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

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