Shirley Temple, iconic child star and former U.S. ambassador, dies at 85

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:11 a.m.


    "....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 exploitation.

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 11, 2014 4:02 p.m.


    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?

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    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 children's well-being."

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 11, 2014 1:34 p.m.


    "The secret to Shirley's happy life lies in her parenting...."

    Shirley was 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.

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    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.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    How many little girls wore the curls, ringlets, to be like Shirley? Comfort and love to her family.

  • David in CA Livermore, CA
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    I loved Heidi, she was a sweet heart.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    The end of an era.

  • heidi ho Fort Collins, CO
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    What a good life. Very well lived. Bless you, Shirley, thanks for all the great music and fun!

  • Jefferson, Thomas Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    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.