Stars’ life story detail treasure trove

The other day, I stumbled across “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies from her late teens.

Alisa Boswell

Alisa Boswell

The movie entails her becoming infatuated with an art professor played by Cary Grant.

Upon finding this movie, I Googled the actress to find out her age and I stumbled upon a biography of her life written in 2008.

Here are some of the facts I found out about this American treasure:

• Temple’s first job at 3 years old at Educational Studios would entail two weeks of rehearsals without pay and $10 a day for playing the lead role.

• Any child who misbehaved while working for the studio was placed in the black “punishment box,” containing a large block of ice, so the toddler could “cool off.” Shirley was put into this box several times.

• President Franklin D. Roosevelt was quoted as saying “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”

• In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed her as U.S. representative to the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations; in 1974, she was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana; and in 1976, became America’s first female chief of protocol at the White House.

Alisa Boswell loves movies and literature and writes for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her or 356-4481 or on Facebook at Cmi staff-Alisa Boswell.

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