10 things to know about Shirley Tem­ple

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OBITUARY -

SHE was the big­gest of child stars. She was the top US box-of­fice draw from 1935 to 1938, big­ger than Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper or Joan Craw­ford. She kept chil­dren singing On The Good Ship Lol­lipop for gen­er­a­tions, re­tired from act­ing at age 21 and went on to a diplo­matic ca­reer. Here’s a look at the life of Shirley Tem­ple Black, who died Mon­day at age 85:

>How many golden curls were on her head:

Her mother was said to have done her hair for each movie, with ev­ery hair­style hav­ing ex­actly 56.

> When she stopped be­liev­ing in Santa Claus:

At age six, “Mother took me to see him in a depart­ment store and he asked for my au­to­graph.”

> So fa­mous they named a drink af­ter her:

The kid’s cock­tail for the ages: gin­ger ale and grena­dine, topped with a maraschino cherry.

> How she lifted peo­ple’s spir­its dur­ing de­pres­sion:

“... It is a splen­did thing that for just 15 cents, an Amer­i­can can go to a movie and look at the smil­ing face of a baby and for­get his trou­bles,” Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt once said.

> How she learned to cry on cue ...

: “I guess I was an early method ac­tress. I would go to a quiet part of the sound stage with my mother. I wouldn’t think of any­thing sad, I would just make my mind a blank. In a minute I could cry. I didn’t like to cry af­ter lunch, be­cause I was too con­tent.”

> ... and how it came in handy at age 21:

Driv­ing up the Pa­cific Coast High­way near Malibu in a red con­vert­ible, she was stopped for speed­ing. She turned on the tears, and the of­fi­cers ended up es­cort­ing her home.

> Why she didn’t play Dorothy in

The Wizard Of Oz: 20th Cen­tury Fox chief Dar­ryl Zanuck re­fused to lend her out for the 1939 clas­sic.

> Who paved the way for her to be­come a diplo­mat:

Richard Nixon ap­pointed her to the US del­e­ga­tion to the UN. She went on to be­come US am­bas­sador to Ghana, US chief of pro­to­col and am­bas­sador to Cze­choslo­vakia.

> How Ron­ald Rea­gan eclipsed her:

It wasn’t on screen – his elec­tion ce­mented his role as Amer­ica’s most fa­mous ac­tor turned pub­lic ser­vant. (They had starred to­gether in That Ha­gen Girl in 1947.)

> Her ad­vice for those aim­ing for a Life­time Achieve­ment Award:

“Start early,” she said in 2006 when hon­oured by the Screen Ac­tors Guild. – AP

Shirley Tem­ple black’s mother did her hair for each movie, with ev­ery hair­style hav­ing ex­actly 56 curls.

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