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R.I.P. Madam Ambassador

The Good Ship Lollipop has sailed for the last time with Shirley Temple Black aboard. She was 85. Suddenly, I'm transported back to lazy Saturday afternoons as a kid, watching Shirley's movies on TV. This was one of my favorites, especially this dance number in which the little curly top never stole focus from her graceful co-star.
Shirley and Mr. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in "The Little Colonel"
I never wanted to be Shirley Temple. That kind of celebrity worship I reserved for the likes of Hayley Mills and Annette Funicello. Still, I remember admiring her talent and presence, that ubiquitous little pout notwithstanding, even as she matured to an accomplished post-Hollywood woman. Life well lived, Ms. Black!

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A Fan said…
I have a faint memory of watching her TV series "Shirley Temple's Storybook". I would have been 6-7 y.o. it's last year of production in 1961. But, yes the movies on TV. When I turned on CNN today and learned of her death it was surprising, yet also serendipitous, as "The Little Princess" was just on one of movie channels last Saturday. I watched almost all of it yet again, as I had coffee and started some laundry. RIP Little Princess. :-)
I loved her. LOVED HER. xo

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