The other day, I stumbled across “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies from her late teens.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 356-4481 or on Facebook at Cmi staff-Alisa Boswell.