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July 02

Shirley Temple

Young Shirley Temple (a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1998) was famous for her golden curls, exactly 56, according to those who styled her hair.

Photo by Michael Ochs/Archives/Getty Images.

1934: Hollywood’s Little Princess
Fox Film Corporation signs Shirley Temple
Many agree that the best known and best loved child star of all time was Shirley Temple, a talented little girl who had audiences eating out of her hand at the box office back in the 1930s and 40s.

During the course of her contract with Fox, Temple starred in 24 films, from Poor Little Rich Girl to The Little Princess. In just about all of them, she sings, dances, winks, and smiles, melting the cold hearts of the crooks and corporate executives she encounters in the storylines. Her character is often called upon to solve problems, bring people together, or otherwise act as a sort of good fairy.

There have been plenty of child actors since Shirley Temple’s onscreen reign, but few who can match her sparkle.
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