To so many, Shirley Temple is merely the name of a sirupy cocktail chugged by children who want to feel like a drunk adult. But the real Shirley Temple was a woman who started out life as the most charming child star possibly of all time who later became a wannabe conservative political type.
As a kid, I adored Shirley Temple, and for a period, I obsessively rented her movies from Spec's and memorized each song, dreaming I would one day have those same ringlets. It was devastating to learn that this little darling had grown up to rub shoulders with undesirables like Richard Nixon, but one look at that funny little face and politics slid away. She was a true star of the screen. Sadly, the world lost a fine actress yesterday at 85. Click on for some of Temple's most memorable films.
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