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Acteurism: Joel McCrea in "He Married His Wife"

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With such a definitive and spoiler-happy title as “He Married His Wife” (even with pronouns lending a level of mystery), plot quickly becomes unimportant. Even the contemporary micro-genre this 1940 film fills, the comedy of remarriage, immediately announces T.H. Randall’s (Joel McCrea) eventual reunion with estranged wife Valerie (Nancy Kelly). In order for the couple to come together, both actors must switch between clown and straight-man acts at screwball pace using the supporting cast as colorful props.This outline worked well for Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby (1938) two years earlier, but that had the remarkable advantage of both Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, both known for versatility in anything their studio would throw at them. Conversely, 20th Century Fox put director Roy Del Ruth to the task of He Married His Wife as a workman director capable of identifying the strengths of a trending narrative style for economic opportunity.
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A Story of Children and Film review 'Mosaic chosen with masterly care'

Gentle and ruminative, this documentary from Mark Cousins takes a rich and clever look at how children appear on screen

This utterly beguiling and idiosyncratic cine-essay by critic and film-maker Mark Cousins is a personal journey through the subject of children on film. It was first shown at last year's Cannes film festival and is now on release here: a brilliant mosaic of clips, images and moments chosen with masterly flair, and accompanied by Cousins' own gentle, ruminative, almost murmured voiceover. Just as in his mighty television series, A Story of Film, Cousins dances nimbly between films old and new, cleverly intuits the connections, and digresses into the history of art, as well as into that of his own family.

A Story of Children and Film could be read as simply the story of Cousins himself, through film, and his own refusal to reproduce the cynical/knowing tone of modern grownup criticism.
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Remembering Shirley Temple Through 10 Vintage Collectibles

Remembering Shirley Temple Through 10 Vintage Collectibles
The peerless Shirley Temple captivated audiences throughout the 1930s in such beguiling movies as Bright Eyes and Curly Top. Besides home video, her roles also live on today thanks to a staggering amount of Shirley Temple memorabilia. Below, but a small sampling of the wide range of Shirley Temple collectibles currently available to her millions of fans over the Internet. 1. Little Miss Broadway Movie PosterPrice: $7,799.992. Bank of Canada "Shirley Temple" $20 BillPrice: $1,809.213. 1930s 27 Inch Shirley Temple DollPrice: $1,350.004. Whitney Carriage Company Baby PramPrice: $800.00Photos: Remembering America's Darling: Shirley Temple's Life in Photos5. 14K Gold Over Sterling RingPrice: $560.006. Color Photo Autographed by
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Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85

Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85
Washington, Feb 12: Former child star Shirley Temple of the 'Curly Top' fame has passed away due to unknown reasons. She was 85.

According to Fox News, Temple, who had won a special Oscar at age 6 for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment, died at her house near San Francisco.

Temple was the ultimate child star thanks to her dimpled, precocious and oh-so-adorable on-screen persona.

While talking about Temple, Allan Dwan, who directed her in 1937's 'Heidi' and 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm', said that she was absolutely marvelous and greatest in the world and was one of those actors who could remember.
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Shirley Temple: Hollywood's little miracle who grew up a real person

Her films enchanted strife-hit Us audiences, and unlike so many child stars to come, she made a diplomatic transition to adulthood

Shirley Temple obituary

Shirley Temple: a career in clips

In the grim years of the Depression and the poverty-stricken 1930s, America took to its heart a lovable, curly-haired little girl who looked every bit as vulnerable as they felt, but who with the help of her pals and tender good-hearted grownups would put her best foot forward and surely win through in the end. This was Shirley Temple, who in that decade became one of the biggest stars in the world — her career and attractions shrewdly nurtured by the formidable 20th Century Fox studio chief Darryl F Zanuck, for whom Temple became a singing-and-dancing, ringleted cash calf.

She also achieved fame as a striking, almost unique example of how a child star graduates gracefully from the juvenile-lead status
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Shirley Temple: Hollywood pays tribute to 'one of a kind' child star

Whoopi Goldberg and Mia Farrow praise Temple, the former child star who left the entertainment industry for politics

Whoopi Goldberg and Mia Farrow were among the Hollywood stars who paid tribute to the former child star Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85.

On Tuesday Farrow said Temple, still held as one of the most famous child stars of all time, "raised the spirits of a nation during the Great Depression", while Goldberg identified her as "one of a kind".

George Clooney expressed appreciation for Temple's huge contribution to film history "from the very beginning". He added: "I'm sure it wasn't easy being a child star, although she went on to become an ambassador, so she reinvented herself along the way … it's a great loss."

Temple began her singular career aged three, finding early success with films including Curly Top, Heidi and Bright Eyes, which featured one of Temple's best known performances,
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R.I.P. Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

The film world lost a certified legend lat last night as Shirley Temple (or Shirley Temple Black as she was known after she got married to Charles Black and retired from acting in her 20′s) passed away at the age of 85. She died of natural causes and obviously led a long life, much of it spent in front of the camera. Perhaps the most famous child star of all time, Temple Black was a giant in the industry for sure, and made her impact as a young girl, which makes that even more astounding. One of the biggest box office draws of her time and easily the youngest A-lister ever, Temple Black was able to command a record salary of $50,000 a picture. That might not sound like a huge amount now, but this was the 1930′s, so that was a massive sum of money to earn. That alone puts her in the history books.
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Shirley Temple: Hollywood's original child star dies aged 85

Actor, who became one of the most famous child stars of all time, has died at the age of 85

Shirley Temple obituary

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Shirley Temple: a career in clips

Whoopi Goldberg, James Franco and Mia Farrow have paid tribute to the actor, singer, dancer and politician Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85.

Farrow credited Temple, still held as the most famous child stars of all time, for "rais[ing] the spirits of a nation during the Great Depression", while Goldberg identified her as "one of a kind". Temple began her singular career aged three, finding early success with chirpy hits such as Curly Top, Heidi and Bright Eyes. That film featured one of Temple's best known performances, a rendition of Richard A Whiting and Sidney Clare's On the Good Ship Lollipop.

Temple left the film business in 1950. She returned for a brief stint in television,
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Stars Mourn the Death of Shirley Temple

She passed away on Monday (February 10) of natural causes at 85 years old, and Shirley Temple Black had quite an impact on everyone around her.

Some of the late “Curly Top” actress’ admirers took to Twitter this morning to share their feelings over the tragic loss.

“Newsroom” babe Olivia Munn tweeted, “Rest in peace Shirley Temple. The world is so much brighter because you were in it...” while Bethenny Frankel shared, “Rip Shirley Temple Black. Thank you for the smiles, laughs, and happy memories.”

Always quick with a timely word, James Franco wrote, “We love you, Shirley temple. Love to all the child stars, grown before their times,” and Emmy Rossum noted, “My first acting inspiration. Shirley Temple. Rest in peace.”

Tinseltown fixture Joan Rivers penned, “Rest in peace, Shirley Temple Black. I know that you're sailing up and away on the Good Ship Lollipop,” and close pal Melissa Joan Hart stated,
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Shirley Temple Black: 1928 - 2014

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Shirley Temple Black: 1928 - 2014
Shirley Temple Black, the one-time child star whose precocious acting ability, cheery demeanor and innocent face made her one of the biggest draws of the 1930s, died on Monday night at her home in California. She was 85.

From the age of six to ten Shirley Temple was once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. While the rest of the nation was mired in the Great Depression Shirley Temple sang and danced her way through it in films such as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Miss Marker, Heidi and The Little Princess.

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, the third and youngest child (and only girl) of George Francis Temple, a bank teller, and Gertrude Krieger, a supremely willful stage mother (Temple dedicated her autobiography to her). Her parents noticed an innate sense of rhythm and extroverted presence as early as eight months in Shirley. She was put in acting classes by the age of three and was starring in a series of cloying shorts in 1932 and ’33, as well as assaying bit parts in larger films.

It was her performance of “Baby Takes a Bow” in 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer, a film that debuted in May, that thrust her into prominence. She was obviously a natural in front of the camera with a wide range of talent. She could sing. She could dance. She could act. Fox signed her on and, by the end of the same year, which also held the hits Little Miss Marker and Bright Eyes (where she famously sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop”) and several other roles, Shirley Temple was a star. A mere nine months after Stand Up and Cheer hit screens, in February of 1935, she received a special “Juvenile Award” at the Oscars “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.”

For the next few years the public couldn’t get enough of her. Exhibitors named her the top box-office attraction of 1935 (when she sang “Animal Crackers” in Curly Top) - 1938. A non-alcoholic drink was named after her (a mixture of ginger ale and grenadine) and a cottage industry sprang up around her likeness including dolls, coloring books, and dress lines. She tapped alongside Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, in The Littlest Rebel, starred in John Ford’s Wee Willie Winkie and several Allan Dwan films, Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Graham Greene’s review of Winkie, where he accused Temple of being an adult impersonating a child, and where he impugned the motives for older men’s attraction to her, caused such an uproar that Night and Day, the magazine in which the review was published, shortly thereafter was bankrupted and folded.)

Temple was the natural pick to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz but Fox wouldn’t loan its star out so Judy Garland got the role. It was a turning point in both their careers.

As she matured, Hollywood and the audience, now veterans of World War II, and seemingly unable to reconcile the fact that the cherubic star had become a comely young woman, looked elsewhere. Temple was no longer the compliant child but a willful ingénue. After two flops she canceled her contract with Fox and moved over to MGM but fared no better there.

At 17 she wed fellow actor John Agar but the marriage fell apart five years later. Temple, now divorced with a child, lost her interest in movie-making. The audience too moved on. She became a cautionary tale in many circles, an example of the loose morals and bad ends destined for Hollywood types. Her talent agency, MCA, unceremoniously dropped her and Temple’s meteoric career was over. She wasn’t yet 21.

Later life included several quickly-canceled variety shows but she attained a second act as a public figure and politician, even running for office in the vacant Republican seat in her congressional district. In 1968 President Richard Nixon appointed her as the US representative at the United Nations and she became an ambassador to Ghana from 1974-1976. She later also held the post of US Chief of protocol and ambassador to Czechoslovakia (appointed by President George H.W. Bush).

Shortly after her divorce from Agar Shirley Temple met and married Charles Black, a TV executive. They were married for 55 years, until his death, and had two children together.

Shirley Temple: I Cried On Command!

She had the world eating out of her hand with movies like “Heidi” and “Poor Little Rich Girl,” and it turns out Shirley Temple Black had an uncanny ability for making herself cry.

Back in 1999, the “Curly Top” actress explained how she was able to go from happy to tears in a matter of moments.

Temple shared, "I guess I was an early method actress. I would go to a quiet part of the sound stage with my mother. I wouldn't think of anything sad, I would just make my mind a blank. In a minute I could cry. I didn't like to cry after lunch, because I was too content."

Furthermore, Shirley confessed she took advantage of her talent after getting pulled over near Malibu in a new red convertible when she was 21 years old. “[I told myself] ‘You’re an actress. Cry!’” Apparently it worked!
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Shirley Temple Passes Away at Age 85

Shirley Temple Passes Away at Age 85
Beloved actress Shirley Temple passed away in her Woodside, California home last night at the age of 85. Although her cause of death was not disclosed, the actress' publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death with the following statement.

"She was surrounded by family members and caregivers. We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black."

Born in Santa Monica, California in 1928, Shirley Temple made her film debut at just three years of age in a series of short films entitled Baby Burlesks, which featured child actors starring in parodies of feature films, including War Babies and Polly Tix in Washington. Her breakout role was in the 1934 feature Stand Up and Cheer!, where her singing, dancing and acting skills were first prominently put on display.
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R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black died Monday of natural causes surrounded by family, she was 85. A family statement read: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black”.

She is best known as a child start of the ’30s in movies like Curly Top and Bright Eyes. She began performing at age 3 if you can believe it, one of the very first child stars, she was the number one box-office draw in America and Britain from 1935-1938.

Read more about her illustrious career below:

I watched a made-for-tv movie about her a few years ago, it was dreadful and I knew it. I didn’t know a lot about her life so I took that movie as encouragement to get a better look at Temple’s career.
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Shirley Temple's Charm Was a Combination of Spontaneity and Timing

Shirley Temple's Charm Was a Combination of Spontaneity and Timing
Curly Top and The Little Princess weren't just movie titles. They were apt descriptions for the sensational Shirley Temple. News of the death of the former child star - whose charm and career were arguably unmatched in the Sound Era of movies - was announced Tuesday. She was 85. Having helped cheer up the nation during the Depression - as well as movie audiences mourning the 1935 fatal plane crash of the beloved folk humorist and radio and screen star Will Rogers - "she came along at the very right moment," film historian Leonard Maltin told People Tuesday morning. "At a time
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Shirley Temple Dead at 85: Remembering America’s Sweetheart

America’s little sweetheart has passed away at the age of 85. Shirley Temple Black will be remembered by the world as The embodiment of cuteness who left a glowing shine on cinema during one of America’s darkest eras. To say that we have lost an icon and a legend would be an understatement.

Shirley Jane Temple was born on April 23, 1928 and enjoyed three years before jumping into show business. The film Bright Eyes (1934) catapulted her to worldwide fame, ultimately resulting in the young actress winning a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1935 for her overall body of work in ’34. Throughout the mid-to-late thirties (a.k.a. The Great Depression) Temple reigned as America’s sweetheart in films like Curly Top, Wee Willie Winkie, Poor Little ...

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Shirley Temple Black obituary

Cherubic child star of the 1930s who returned to public life as a Us diplomat

From 1934 to 1938, when she was at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple (later known as Shirley Temple Black), who has died aged 85, appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpled cherub, whose chirpy singing and toddler's tap dancing were perfect antidotes to the depression. "During this depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that, for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles," Franklin D Roosevelt stated in 1935, referring to the world's biggest and littlest star.

Temple's message was "be optimistic", the title of the song she sang in Little Miss Broadway (1938). Her biggest hit songs were On the Good Ship Lollipop, from Bright Eyes (1934), which describes a
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Child Star Shirley Temple Dead at 85

She was far and away the most popular child actress of all time and at her prime, she was the most recognized star in the world. Shirley Temple’s sweet charisma and loveable voice lifted the spirit of depression-era America in a series of incredibly successful films throughout the 1930′s such as The Little Colonel, Curly Top (which featured her signature song ‘Animal Crackers in My Soup’), Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Littlest Rebel. Before those, when she was just three and four, Ms Temple starred in a series of politically incorrect ‘Baby Burlesque’ shorts, which featured its toddler cast members clad in adult costumes on the top and diapers fastened with large safety pins on the bottom (I’ve shown a couple of these at my Super-8 Movie Madness show to astounded audiences). In 1945, she married cult actor John Agar and co-starred with him in John Ford’s
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Shirley Temple Dies at 85

She made an indelible mark on Hollywood from a very young age and sadly Shirley Temple Black has passed away.

The “Curly Top” starlet was 85 years old when she died of natural causes on Monday night (February 10) due to “natural causes.”

A family spokesperson told press that Shirley “peacefully passed away,” noting, "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years.”

Ms. Black retired from acting at age 21 after making beloved films like “Bright Eyes,” “The Little Colonel,” “Poor Little Rich Girl,” “Heidi” and “Stand Up and Cheer,” and she’ll always be known for her adorable ditty “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”

Following her departure from Tinseltown, Shirley became an ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana. In 1974 she stated, "I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here.
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Shirley Temple: Look back at iconic film clips -- Video

Shirley Temple: Look back at iconic film clips -- Video
The sad news that Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday at the age of 85 likely had many fans reminiscing about her iconic work…and perhaps beginning to hum “On the Good Ship Lollipop” while sipping on her eponymous drink.

Though she retired from acting at the age of 22, her career featured many memorable performances — usually complete with a song-and-dance routine. Watch some of her most famous scenes below. (Note: Some of these videos have been colorized.)

1.) Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

2.) Bright Eyes (1934)

3.) Curly Top (1935)

4.) The Little Colonel (1935)

5.) Heidi (1937)

6.) The Little Princess (1939)
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One of Top Stars of Hollywood's Studio Era and Later on a pro-Vietnam War, 'Conservative' Republican, Has Died

Shirley Temple dead at 85: Was one of the biggest domestic box office draws of the ’30s (photo: Shirley Temple in the late ’40s) Shirley Temple, one of the biggest box office draws of the 1930s in the United States, died Monday night, February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, near San Francisco. The cause of death wasn’t made public. Shirley Temple (born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928) was 85. Shirley Temple became a star in 1934, following the release of Paramount’s Alexander Hall-directed comedy-tearjerker Little Miss Marker, in which Temple had the title role as a little girl who, left in the care of bookies, almost loses her childlike ways before coming around to regenerate Adolphe Menjou and his gang. That same year, Temple became a Fox contract player, and is credited with saving the studio — 20th Century Fox from 1935 on — from bankruptcy. Whether or not that’s true is a different story,
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