My eagerness to stand on my own feet must have stemmed from learning so early to dance on them. ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.48) The life story of Shirley Jane Temple from her birth to the birth of her first child ( and a touch beyond for framing purposes) is presented to us with a dry humour not unlike the protagonis in
Shirley gets a lot of guests at her little cottage at the studio so we ’ re briefly introduced to a number of celebrities stopping by to say ello, as ell as priceless insight on them from a little boy who spent years judging people by how comfortable their laps were.
ome more dramatic ones include Amelia Earhart, who stopped by for a chat and whose travels became a teaching aid through Shirley ’ s tutor, Klammy-Shortly before Independence Day on May 30, 1938, our blue line took off from Port Moresby, headed toward flyspeck Howland Island. " Overcast ...
Eventuall one day it, because, vanished. ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.187) Will Rogers, who efriended her on a backlot and encouraged both her love of planes and her grandmother ’ s terror of them -An unofficial cheerleader for aviation, Rogers had written.
If there 's a safer mode of transpor, I have ever found it. " One year later he was dead in an air crash. ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.67) And Bill ‘ Bojangles ’ Robinson, whom she did many movies with before his death: Robinson walked a step ahead of us, but when he noticed me hurrying to catch up, he shortened his stride to accommodate mine.
" But hen I et to call you darlin'. " It ha a deal.From then on whenever we walked together it was hand in hand, and I ha lways his " darlin'. " ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.91) Something we ’ re deprived of and don ’ t miss at all are quotes from co-stars about her.
In thi nice change of pace, if it wasn ’ t aid in her immediate world ( he lot, her home, to her parents) it ’ s kept out of a retellin.
It akes the usual child star story and move it into something full of feeling.
Or maybe it ’ s just Shirley ’ s own passion for life and drama coming through the same way it did on and off the set.As cameras rolled [ George ] Murphy and I whirled around chairs and tables, and ended with a quick dancing run up and down a broad stairway.
Klammy called, " G on now, Shirley, " her clarion call for schoolwork, so I followed her off, continuing my solo and spinning through an archway with my skirt swirling about my hips. ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.210) There ’ s so very little of he nove that shoul ’ t be uoted.
I lost on two counts. ( Shirley Temple Black, Child Star, p.226) Her skill in front of he camera earns her the nickname One-Take Temple for her willingness to memorize scripts overnight, including everyone else ’ s lines.