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13th Jan '16 7:57:23 AM JamesAustin
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Shirley Temple (April 23, 1928 -- February 10, 2014) is arguably the most famous child actress in film history. She was the top box office draw for four straight years, 1935-38, a record no other child star has come close to.
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Shirley Temple (April 23, 1928 -- February 10, 2014) is arguably the most famous child actress in film history. She was the top box office draw for four straight years, 1935-38, a record no other child star has come close to.
19th Dec '15 10:56:45 AM tropower
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* PublicDomain: The Little Princess, due to Fox failing to renew the copyright. As a result, it can be seen for free on the internet. All of her other movies still have their copyrights.
19th Dec '15 10:52:57 AM tropower
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* ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' (1937)
14th Dec '15 11:44:26 AM DoctorCooper
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* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: In ''Poor Little Rich Girl'', Temple's character, Barbara, is forced to eat spinach, and says something along the lines of this. Barbara even performs a song on the radio based around this.

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* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: In ''Poor Little Rich Girl'', Temple's character, Barbara, is forced to eat spinach, and says something along the lines of this. Barbara even performs a song on the radio based around this.this. * IncorruptiblePurePureness: Shirley Temple's characters are usually the ones who make the villains have [[CareBearStare a change of heart]], because she is so innocent and well meaning. See: the ode to Shirley in ''Curly Top'': -->''You're just so full of sunshine\\ Folks agree\\ You could supply the world\\ With Vitamin D!\\ Two eyes that make\\ The heavens proud to be blue\\ Angel cake\\ It's just a copy of you!''
5th Nov '15 12:09:51 AM PaulA
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* {{Blackface}}: At one point in ''The Littlest Rebel'', Shirley's character dons blackface to disguise herself as a slave. In ''Dimples'', Shirley herself doesn't wear blackface, but her character participates in a ShowWithinAShow based on ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' with white actors in blackface playing the black characters (Shirley's character is playing Little Eva, naturally).

* TheDanza: In four of her early films.[[note]] Including ''Bright Eyes'', the first movie written specifically with her in mind.[[/note]]

* GoshDarnItToHeck: "You mean ol' pumpkin!" She should have offered some ointment for that burn.
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* GoshDarnItToHeck: In ''Little Miss Broadway'': "You mean ol' pumpkin!" She should have offered some ointment for that burn.

* StrawmanPolitical: A lot of people hate her for her {{Blackface}} scene in ''Film/TheLittlestRebel'' even though she was seven at the time of filming and seven year olds, especially in that era, can only really do what adults tell them to do. There was a massive flare of {{Website/Tumblr}} hatedom at the time of her death because of her partaking in blackface. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was considered for the role of Dorothy in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' before the part was given to Creator/JudyGarland. Temple was age-appropriate, while Garland was a good six years older than the Dorothy of Baum's novel. ** The reason Garland was chosen over Temple was due to the fact that, back in those days, creative talent had to sign long-term contracts with specific film studios that usually forbade them from taking work from elsewhere (penalties for moonlighting were ''harsh''). ''Oz'' was an MGM film, but Temple was signed to 20th Century Fox, who refused to release her. Also, there was the little issue of ''Oz'' being a musical and Shirley's poor singing ability.
4th Aug '15 11:19:44 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Stowaway}}'' (1936)
24th Jul '15 7:49:53 AM johnnyfog
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A triple threat at age 10, she was most often paired with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the few times that a black man got a free pass during the days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode (which didn't allow interracial pairings). You would be hard-pressed to find a more winning picture of {{values dissonance}} than these two. Temple and Robinson became close friends and were considered something of a DreamTeam in their day, yet the on-screen relationship was [[UncleTomfoolery clearly not an equal one]]. Dynamic duo or capitalist tools? Your mileage may very. Poor Shirley also had a memorable blackface scene in the ''The Littlest Rebel'', a film which manages to out-cringe even Al "My Mammy in Alabammy" Jolson, one of her contemporaries. Temple's career trailed off as she approached adulthood, partly because she wasn't offered any good roles, and possibly because audiences [[SheIsAllGrownUp weren't too comfortable]] with Shirley Temple being replaced with a very foxy young lady. She retired from show business at age 21. After leaving the stage, Temple entered politics, serving terms as chief of protocol and the U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
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A triple threat at age 10, she was most often paired with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the few times that a black man got a free pass during the days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode (which didn't allow interracial pairings). You would You'd be hard-pressed to find a more winning picture of {{values dissonance}} than these two. Temple and Robinson became close friends and were considered something of a DreamTeam in their day, yet the on-screen relationship was [[UncleTomfoolery clearly not an equal one]]. Dynamic duo or capitalist tools? Your mileage may very. Poor Shirley also had a memorable blackface scene in the ''The Littlest Rebel'', a film which manages to out-cringe even Al "My Mammy in Alabammy" Jolson, one of her contemporaries. Temple's career trailed off as she approached adulthood, partly because she wasn't offered any good roles, and possibly because audiences [[SheIsAllGrownUp weren't too comfortable]] with Shirley "Dimples" Temple being replaced with a very foxy young lady. She retired from show business at age 21. After leaving the stage, Temple entered politics, serving terms as chief of protocol and the U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

* GoshDarnItToHeck: "You mean ol' pumpkin!" The sickest burn ever uttered in cinema.
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* GoshDarnItToHeck: "You mean ol' pumpkin!" The sickest burn ever uttered in cinema.She should have offered some ointment for that burn.
22nd Jul '15 11:32:57 PM johnnyfog
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Her specialty: tap dancing orphans who strike it rich. Rarely do her parents actually die onscreen as in ''Bright Eyes'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids ironically one of her darker films]] in spite of the "Good Ship Lollipop" song. She was very popular during the desperate times of TheGreatDepression, but her brand of sugary goop is likely to cause [[TastesLikeDiabetes Diabetic overload]] today. So successful was the formula that 20th Century Fox changed the titular character from ''Wee Willie Winkie'' [[GenderFlip to a girl.]] Expect a [[TheCasanova suave man about town]], a [[EvilMatriarch lemon-faced aunt]], and a CoolTeacher to also make an appearance.
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Her specialty: tap dancing orphans who strike it rich. Rarely do her parents actually die onscreen as in ''Bright Eyes'', which is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids ironically one of her darker films]] in spite of despite the "Good Ship Lollipop" song. She was very popular during the desperate times of TheGreatDepression, but her brand of sugary goop is likely to cause [[TastesLikeDiabetes Diabetic overload]] today. So successful was the formula that 20th Century Fox changed the titular character from ''Wee Willie Winkie'' [[GenderFlip to a girl.]] Expect a [[TheCasanova suave man about town]], a [[EvilMatriarch lemon-faced aunt]], and a CoolTeacher to also make an appearance.
22nd Jul '15 2:01:53 PM johnnyfog
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For some reason, characters based off of Shirley tend to be {{Spoiled Brat}}s, despite her not really being prone to misbehaving in films or real life. She was, however, chided by her mother for being "brattish" in 1938 when she hit Eleanor Roosevelt with a slingshot.
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For some reason, characters based off of Shirley on her tend to be {{Spoiled Brat}}s, despite her Shirley not really being prone to misbehaving in films or real life. She was, however, chided by her mother for being "brattish" in 1938 when she hit Eleanor Roosevelt with a slingshot.
22nd Jul '15 1:59:35 PM johnnyfog
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A triple threat at age 10, she was most often paired with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the few times that a black man got a free pass during the days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode (which didn't allow interracial pairings). You would be hard-pressed to find a more winning picture of {{values dissonance}} than these two. Temple and Robinson became close friends and were considered something of a DreamTeam in their day, yet the on-screen relationship was clearly not an equal one. Dynamic duo or capitalist tools? Your mileage may very. Poor Shirley also had a memorable blackface scene in the ''The Littlest Rebel'', a film which manages to out-cringe even Al "My Mammy in Alabammy" Jolson, one of her contemporaries. Temple's career trailed off as she approached adulthood, partly because she wasn't offered any good roles, and possibly because audiences weren't too comfortable with Shirley Temple being replaced with [[strike:[[PornNames Shirley Dimples]]]] a very foxy young lady. She retired from show business at age 21. After leaving the stage, Temple entered politics, serving terms as chief of protocol and the U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
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A triple threat at age 10, she was most often paired with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the few times that a black man got a free pass during the days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode (which didn't allow interracial pairings). You would be hard-pressed to find a more winning picture of {{values dissonance}} than these two. Temple and Robinson became close friends and were considered something of a DreamTeam in their day, yet the on-screen relationship was [[UncleTomfoolery clearly not an equal one.one]]. Dynamic duo or capitalist tools? Your mileage may very. Poor Shirley also had a memorable blackface scene in the ''The Littlest Rebel'', a film which manages to out-cringe even Al "My Mammy in Alabammy" Jolson, one of her contemporaries. Temple's career trailed off as she approached adulthood, partly because she wasn't offered any good roles, and possibly because audiences [[SheIsAllGrownUp weren't too comfortable comfortable]] with Shirley Temple being replaced with [[strike:[[PornNames Shirley Dimples]]]] a very foxy young lady. She retired from show business at age 21. After leaving the stage, Temple entered politics, serving terms as chief of protocol and the U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
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