Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple died recently. I’ve never seen any film with Shirley Temple, but she is one of those rare stars who has worked her way into the popular culture in a way that few others do. That, and she has a drink named after her, the Shirley Temple made with ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry. When she married, her name became Shirley Temple Black and, appropriately, the drink grew up too, replacing the ginger ale with alcoholic ginger beer and adding dark rum.

Temple retired from acting at 21 and took on a variety of new roles including wife, mother and grandmother. She also was an aspiring politician and later a diplomat. She was the American ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the fall of Communism in 1989.

“There’s nothing like real love. Nothing.”

Here’s a video of her singing “Animal Crackers In My Soup” from 1935’s Curly Top. Among other distinctions, she has the distinction of being the 73rd person listed in the Internet Movie Database. (for comparison, Fred Astaire is number 1 and Daniel Radcliffe is number 705356)