Shirley Temple was the "ultimate" in my opinion. I still have many of
her videos and love to watch that little doll sing, tap dance, giggle. What a
remarkable actress she was from a child to an adult. A wonderful example of what
success is with humility. Doris Day is the same way and it over 80..our lives
have been blessed with this highly talented group of women. I hope she
didn't suffer. She sure is in a better place than we are - bless her heart.
JT4"....her story seems to be more one of being discovered
rather than being actively pushed into the limelight...."______________________________A three year old didn’t
mastermind the course that was obviously planned and charted for her. She seems
to have suffered no trauma or maladjustment from the experience, at least none
that I’ve heard of. Still, that’s hardly a testimonial for child
Craig,Let's put it this way: I am at least as sure that Shirley
Temple was an exception because of her parenting as you seem to be that she was
not. I know that Ron Howard has also talked about his parents keeping him from
thinking he was "all that" because he was a child star. But Shirley
Temple's example caught my attention several years back when I heard about
her conservative views, so I have looked into her background somewhat, and her
story seems to be more one of being discovered rather than being actively pushed
into the limelight, although certainly her parents agreed to let her do it.
But, again, if the child likes doing it--and some certainly do--and the parents
can keep a handle on their development, I don't see a problem with that. I
do have a problem with the type of kids you mentioned whose parents were dead
set on their kids becoming stars regardless of the moral cost to them. In the
end, I remain comfortable in my view that her ability to have a good life while
being a child star was indeed due to her parents.
JT4,Celebrity should be an adult choice. Miley, Lindsay, and Britney
also became child stars because of parents who decided they simply had to turn
their darling child into a star at an age when the kids themselves were too
young to have any comprehension of what it was all about.Are you
sure Shirley Temple was an exception because of her parenting? Or did the
reality of earlier times allow showing only the happy face a publicist or a
studio boss wanted the public to see?Shirley was three when she made
her first film appearance. What kind of parent puts the burden of stardom on the
shoulders of a three year old?
Craig Clark,There is nothing inherently evil in having your kids do
modeling, commercials, and the like, but the resulting fame and wealth clearly
give many a distorted view of what is truly worthwhile. I know that Shirley
Temple was critical of the direction Hollywood was heading even when she was a
younger adult. Given that this article referenced her mother's
determination to keep her from being spoiled by fame and never left the set
after being fooled once by a director, I see nothing that contradicts my opinion
that she had parents who took "an active, concerned role in their
JT4,"The secret to Shirley's happy life lies in her
thrust in front of a movie camera at age three to make her first movie. If she
turned out alright, it's more likely it was in spite of her parenting than
because of it.
The secret to Shirley's happy life lies in her parenting. It's not
that difficult a concept, but it's one that too few people understand.
When we see former child stars who have any of a host of problems in their
lives, we can invariably look right at the parents and see either a lack of
direction given to them or even a welcoming of the glitz and glamour as a
by-product of their child's fame. The same principle applies
to those of us whose children aren't in the limelight. Whenever I see a
well-grounded and well-rounded child, I can look right back at the parents as
the reasons for their success. Life is too hard these days to do well without
parents taking an active, concerned role in their children's well-being.
How many little girls wore the curls, ringlets, to be like Shirley? Comfort and
love to her family.
The World was a Better Place because of Shirley Temple. She was
"One of a Kind".She was very positive and gifted and she was
a Great Ambassador for Good!!She brought a smile to many people
during the Depression Era.Now she can be an Inspiration to those on
the "other side".God Bless her and her family at this time.
I loved Heidi, she was a sweet heart.
The end of an era.
What a good life. Very well lived. Bless you, Shirley, thanks for all the
great music and fun!
Oh, it was so nice to be able to have someone out of Hollywood who's life
was admirable and one that we would want to emulate. We crave for people that
provide a roadmap with their actual lives. Shirley was one of a very, very few.