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Shirley Temple: The Girl Who Gave The Country Hope

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This generation today is full of people who revolve around their phones and food. Hard work and true talent has not been seen in years. In the 1930’s, there were no phones, yet there were people changing the world. A young girl took place in this time period and set a perfect example as to someone who went out and did just this. She did not know what texting was, yet was perfectly happy and made millions of other people happy too. Her name was Shirley Temple. She won multiple awards and was very well rounded. However, not only was she famous for her movies and 56 ringlets; she was a woman that knew there was more to life than fame and fortune, and recognized that the world wasn’t all ...view middle of the document...

Most people do not know that Shirley was originally set on being Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but her company wouldn’t lend her (Shirley Temple: America’s Little Darling). Because Shirley was in the age range of 5-7 during these earlier films, she would sometimes act like a child, which was expected. This included goofing around with her costars backstage and being stubborn while shooting. Each night while the movie was being filmed, Gertrude would run lines with Shirley making sure she would have all her lines memorized. Sure enough, the little girl would not have just her lines memorized but the rest of the cast as well (Shirley Temple: America’s Little Darling). Shirley was extraordinary, and has shocked numerous people since day one.
After 1939, it became harder and harder for Shirley to score roles in movies. Most people have said it was just the fact that she was growing up (“Shirley Temple 2014). Her first marriage was at age 17 to a man named Jack Agar, and they had a daughter named Linda. After four years, Shirley and Jack divorced because of Jack’s personal reasons. Fortunately, Shirley met “the man of her dreams”, Charles Black (O’Brien). Charles Jr. and Lori Black were their kids, and completed their wonderful family. As Shirley grew older, she became more involved in Republican politics. She was a U.S. representative to the United Nations, and an ambassador to the Republic of Ghana and Czechoslovakia (Temple, Shirley”). In 1988 Shirley wrote an autobiography entitled A Child Star which became quite popular. After this, her life settled down. Her husband, Charles, died in 2005, which caused Shirley to become very quiet. Shirley past on February 10, 2014 at age 85, leaving a mark on this world (“About Shirley”).
Based on her life, there is evidence shown that Shirley Temple’s life did not just revolve around the show business. She included the...

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