Shirley Temple: Saying Goodbye to an Icon

I am saddened by the news that we have lost this great star.  While other kids were crazy about the latest band or teen actor I was watching old black and white movies.  My biggest hero was Shirley Temple.     I have written about her before and even dressed my daughter up as her for a photo shoot.  She as a person has shown the world that not only can you make it through life under the microscope of worldwide fame, but you can do it with grace, class and intelligence.

There are a million articles today listing all of her great achievements, but this is not going to be one of those. Shirley’s movies helped me connect with a grandparent that wasn’t always the easiest to bond with and for that I will be forever grateful.  If you don’t know her accomplishments you should read about her, but today I’m going to reflect on her ability to make people smile and laugh during hard times.  Below are some of my favorite scenes from her movies.  Enjoy.

This next video was groundbreaking in an era where whites and blacks rarely shared scenes in movies, much less danced together

She definitely grew up amazingly:

And lastly from what I think is the saddest movie ever:

Thank you Shirley Temple.

Shirley Temple Inspirations

I’ve always loved Shirley Temple. Like as long as I can remember I have thought she was the most amazing person ever and I don’t know that my has opinion has changed at all over the years. I still cry every single time her mom dies (yes it happens every movie) and smile when she sings and dances. My Shirley Temple obsession + giving birth to a blonde little girl+ my love for costumes inevitably led to this photo shoot:

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All my homage photos were taken by Malland Photography who I am heartbroken is moving to Louisiana, but am so happy she squeezed this shoot in before her relocation.  I am a little jealous that my baby got to pretend to be Shirley Temple for a few hours.