R. I. P. – Shirley Temple (1928 – 2014)

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The truth is, I couldn’t stand her movies. But the bigger truth is she was an incredibly talented young actress who saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy, raised a nation’s morale during the depression, had a successful film career for thirty years, and served her country honorably in the diplomatic corps. She became the standard by which all child actors are measured. Few have been able to meet that standard.

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