Original, vintage, Shirley Temple doll. It was made during the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s. The doll has an all-vinyl jointed body with honey-blonde rooted hair styled in Shirley’s famous ringlets, open/close brown sleepy eyes, sweet rosy cheeks, and her famous dimples. She is wearing a blue party dress that is adorned with white and pink flowers. She has white satin ribbon around her waist with a pin that has “Shirley Tem[ple].” Her arms and legs are movable. Under her dress and petticoat, she wears her original white panties. Her feet have the original white shoes.
Location: Western United States
Main language: English
Currency: US Dollar
Construction: vinal jointed body, hair, eyes
Height in Centimeters: 15
Height in Inches: 6
Reading Level: 5.99
“Shirley Temple, Get out of bed,” my mother called. “Get dressed for your dance class.” I crawled out from under the covers and slowly put my clothes on. I loved to dance around the house, so my mother had enrolled me in a class. At the dance studio, Mom pointed out a man sitting on the side of the dance floor. He seemed to be watching me throughout the lesson.
When the class was over, I learned that he was a movie producer. He told my mother he wanted me to be in a movie he was making with children. He predicted that one day I would be a Hollywood movie star. I was only 3 years old at the time. That was my first experience in movies.
By the time I was 6, my smile, dimples, curly hair, and ability to dance helped me get a Hollywood contract. My fame really took off during the years of the Great Depression in 1939. During those years, most people had very little money. Even so, they flocked to see me at the movies. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents. Americans can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget their troubles.”
Between the ages of 3 and 10, I starred in 29 movies and won many awards. I danced and sang in movies, such as Bright Eyes, Curly Top, Heidi and The Little Colonel. Some of my songs, “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and “Animal Crackers in my Soup,” became very famous. In fact, I became a bigger attraction than Clark Gable and Bing Crosby. I was the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar.
As I grew older, I wasn’t in movies as much. In my 20s, I retired from show business and got married. Later, when I turned 40, I stated a new career as a diplomat. I served as United States ambassador in Africa for three years. Later, President Bush asked me to be the Ambassador to Czechoslovakia .
From a very early age, I entertained people throughout the world. Later, as a diplomat, I served my country. President Franklin Roosevelt once called me, “Little Miss Miracle.” He said, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”