Hollywood Knits - Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was actually born "Shirley Temple" April 1928 in Santa Monica, California.

She was the number one box office draw from 1935-1938 but was hurt by the same "box office poison" article that had hurt Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn's careers.

Her talent was eclipsed by the rise of Andy Rooney and Judy Garland. Also, the studio system was criticized for placing her in children's roles when it was obvious from her physique that she was no longer a child (She won a libel suit against a British paper when this claim was made personal.)

She made some pictures as an adult in which she was quite good. "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" and "Fort Apache" are a couple.

Shirley went on to serve on the Board of Directors for Del Monte Foods, the National Wildlife Federation, and The Walt Disney Company. She served as ambassador to Ghana, Czechoslovakia, and Chief of Protocol. She was U.S. representative to the United Nations under Nixon.

A little know fact, 2 soda companies have tried to name their sodas after the famous beverage invented in honor of the child star but were taken to court to protect her name.

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