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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


This morning I was surprised to find that another grand actress of Hollywood has passed on. Shirley Temple Black has left this world.


Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.


Her publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death.

Ms. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Back in Germany we watched quite a few movies in the sixties with Shirley starring.


Out here we are just starting out on another warm sunny day with temps reaching 82F (28C) and 90F on Friday and Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by!





  1. She was an amazing child star!
    Love these temps for sure.

  2. She had a good life, and managed to make something of it rather than just be known as a "child star". It's not an easy thing to get past.
    It was all over the news this morning, but after about the fourth rendition of "The Good Ship Lollipop" I thought my head would explode.

  3. Some of today's child stars could take a lesson out of Shirley's book. She was a very talented child who grew up into a responsible and successful adult. She will be missed.

  4. We watched rerun after rerun of her movies. She was so popular that there was even a kid's drink named after her ... the non-alcoholic Shirley Tempe. Remember that?


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