Shirley Temple Black has been one of my favorite actresses since I was a little girl. My great-grandmother used to try to make my hair curl just like hers when she was little. Today we’ve lost a precious treasure that more girls and celebrities should look up to. She is one of the few true triple threat actors that celebrities today can only dream about being. She had true grace and poise and didn’t give in to the temptations of celebrity like too many tragedies we hear about now. But what most girls today don’t know about her, is that she was much more than an actress, a singer, a dancer; she was what we would call truly accomplished. That’s a word we don’t hear today. She grew up to be so much more. She started dancing at 2 years old and acting at age 3 years old , then went on to become a diplomat, wife and mother and I’m sure it was her mother that kept her from all the trappings that she could have fallen into. After all, she was on stage with her during an acceptance speech when Shirley was given a very special Oscar, said her thank you’s, and then turned to her mother and sweetly asked, “Can I go home now?” We as moms have so much teach, but are we remembering to teach grace and poise to our girls? There was a special innocence in her eyes that says it all, which is why I chose this picture of her that you don’t see very often. Her eyes say it all. They sparkle! As her mother always told her, “Sparkle Shirley, sparkle!” I think I’ll try more often to tell my daughters that whatever they do, Sparkle!
Here are a few quotes for you to enjoy:
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 6, mother took me to see him in a dept. store and he asked for my autograph.”
“When I was 14 I was the oldest I ever was, I’ve been younger ever since.”
“Good luck needs no explanation.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “As long as we have Shirley Temple we will be alright.”