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Little Miss Sunshine

on August 24, 2021

I want to thank James Roach for publishing my essay about Shirley Temple on his Iowa Life Blog. Mr. Roach has a lot of wonderful, informative posts on his blog, and it is well worth your time to visit his site and explore what he has to offer. Thank you, James Roach!

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Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson

Little Miss Sunshine


Dawn Pisturino

Today, when film buffs pay homage to Hollywood in the 1930s, they gush over glamor stars like Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and Jean Harlow. But the big superstar from 1934-1938 was a precocious little girl with golden ringlets named Shirley Temple.

Born April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, Temple went on to appear in 29 films between the ages of 3 and 10. But as her childhood waned, so did her shining star, and she retired from films in 1950 at the age of 22.

The Great Depression was in full swing in the mid-1930s, and the federal government had asked powerful studio moguls in Hollywood to embark on a mission of “cheering Americans up.” Shirley Temple, managed by her practical and astute parents, fit that role to a tee.

She was a natural born actress…

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3 responses to “Little Miss Sunshine

  1. Journalofthegrey says:

    I miss these days. No political nonsense. People can’t handle this truth these days. Hollywood is just another tool.

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