Description of Figure/Doll

Wood carving of the Virgin Mary by LISE woodcarvings in Italy. This company is an artisan’s workshop with extensive experience in the design and production of religious woodcarvings. The sculpture depicts a praying woman with a halo. She is wearing a red dress and a blue cloak with scarf with gold trim at the neck and wrists. She stands on a blue ball. Tag: “LISE: Made in Italy. Culture in Legend: Wood Carvings.

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USA: California

Location: Western United States

Capital: Sacramento

Main language: English

Currency: US Dollar


Construction: wood carving

Height in Centimeters: 15

Height in Inches: 6

Shirley Temple: Little Miss Miracle - The greatest child star ever!

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.”

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