Curls and dimples: Shirley Temple, child star who made 'em smile during Depression, dies at 85

  • Article by: HILLEL ITALIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 5:05 PM

Any kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved — or as important — as Shirley Temple.

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gemie1Feb. 11, 14 6:09 AM

When I was a little girl, I use to love on Saturday afternoons during the winter, watching her movies on the television. She was a talented little girl and her I wonder what would have been if she had done the Wizard of Oz? She had an amazing full life, because of her parents commitment to her well-being. During that time, young child actors had to work long hours and were give stimulants to keep going.

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summerguy3Feb. 11, 14 6:53 AM

What a wonderful actress and role model. So smart and talented! Her passing is one of the best examples of a life well lived. Well done!

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optionFeb. 11, 14 7:00 AM

I also grew up watching Shirley Temple movies on tv during Saturday afternoons in the winter. I loved reading the bit in this article about her not believing in Santa Claus at 6 due to the fact that when she went to see him, he asked for her autograph! May she rest in peace. She contributed a lot to the well-being of this country. An age of innocence not so readily palpable today.

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davehougFeb. 11, 14 7:17 AM

I always thought how fast and well she learned lines showed Shirley was very intelligent. I am guessing a high IQ.

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transplantedFeb. 11, 14 7:41 AM

My Mom's most prized possession was her Shirley Temple doll, right up to the day we lost her. Next to my Dad and us kids, she loved that doll above all else. She had all Shirley's movies, and delighted in watching them over and over. She used to say we would never know how much that little girl meant to so many people, when times were hard.

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