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Shirley Temple

Bright Eyes

Shirley Jane Temple was born in Santa Monica, California on April 23, 1928.

From the beginning, she and her mother, Gertrude, were a team.

Her success was a result of both her own charm and her mother’s persistence; her movie career was their joint invention.

She began acting at age 3 and for about 18 years, she sang, tap-danced and acted her way into the hearts of millions. Her corkscrew curls were popular with little girls from the 1930s through the 1970s. Her star shone brightest as a toddler, and 20th Century Fox cranked out a series of feature films with the adorable, talented little girl.

Her hits included "Little Miss Marker" (1934), "Curly Top" (1935) and "The Littlest Rebel" (1935).

She was the top box-office star four years in a row, from 1935 to 1938.

She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

No Shirley Temple movie was complete without a song — most famously “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and “Animal Crackers in My Soup” — and a tap dance, with partners including the legendary African-American entertainer Bill (Bojangles) Robinson.

Mrs. Temple Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years.

Shirley Temple - Bright Eyes was drawn in Graphite on 14" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Vellum.

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