Ambassador Shirley Temple Black in Memoriam

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Shirley Temple

Shirley Jane Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) Although a huge film star and political personality, Ms. Shirley Temple also hosted and narrated her own hour long children’s program entitled “Shirley Temple’s Storybook” (TV Series – 1958 – 1961,) which received an EMMY nomination for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children’s Programming in 1961. It was eventually re-released on Columbia TriStar Television (Syndicated) in 2001 and then SONY Television took it over in 2002 for syndication.  The series highlighted children’s classics such as “Rapunzel,” “The Prince & The Pauper,” “Babes in Toyland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Land of Oz.”  A little known fact is her children all made their acting debuts in this series. You can read a statement from the family here:


From colleague and friend – June Lockhart remembers: “Shirley came into Westlake School For Girls as a freshman.  It was her first experience with other students, as she was tutored at FOX Studio earlier.  We became friends and she was great fun.  It was Shirley’s first time with a uniform dress code and no lipstick was allowed.  She joined the drill team and I was the captain.  While we were at Westlake, we did the film “Miss Annie Rooney” and Shirley had her first kiss on screen. In 1959 she did “Shirley Temple Story Book Theatre” on ABC.  She owned, hosted and produced this show.  We did one show together, “Beauty And The Beast.” Shirley starred with Charlton Heston and myself as the wicked sister. She was one of a kind and will be missed!

Former child star and friend, Margaret O’Brien recalls: “Shirley and I shared a unique bond, as child actors, that allowed us to share details that we couldnt share with others.  In recent years, Shirley and I talked a lot about our lives after our careers.  She certainly sored to such wonderful heights and had great achievements during her life.  Although there were periods of time that we would not be able to speak, we exchanged Christmas cards every year and tried to keep in touch.  It has hit me hard to think that she isnt going to be available to call on for advise or a cheerful word.  I, as so many others, will miss her.