Shirley Temple Black
Posted by purplemary54 on February 11, 2014
Former child star and U.S. ambassador Shirley Temple Black has passed away at 85.
I was never really a fan of Shirley Temple (although I liked the drink named after her). She was a little too treacly and sweet for me. But considering what was going on when she burst onto the scene like a ray of sunshine, treacly and sweet were probably just what the American public needed.
I like to think this song is a pretty accurate reflection of Temple Black’s life after she retired from acting. She went on to a second career as a diplomat and political fundraiser. I heard this morning that she once said her proudest achievements were as a wife, mother, and grandmother. I might not have been a fan of her movies or her politics, but she was a decent person. And her example of how a child star could survive and overcome the monstrous machine of the entertainment world is something we could use a little more of today.