She had the most famous ringlets in film, and a smile that lit up hearts across America during the grim years of the Great Depression and World War II. The world fondly remembers Shirley Temple as the darling of the big screen as we mourn her recent death at the age of 85. She was an oasis of innocence and fun in such hard times when the relief and laughter she gave the world was badly needed.
She was only three years old when she started dance classes in Los Angeles. She lived with her parents and two older brothers in Santa Monica, not too far from Hollywood, and she was quickly spotted by talent agents and cast in a series of parodies of popular burlesque shows featuring an all-child cast, making her screen debut in 1931. Her star rose quickly and shone brightly as her parents agreed to contract for her to make four films a year. She made 43 feature films and 14 shorts as well as performing in other projects until she retired from acting in 1961.
In 1993, she gave an interview to McCall's magazine, where she became one of the first women in the public eye to speak about surviving breast cancer. She had a modified radical mastectomy the previous year.
As a child, she once wanted to be in the FBI. Instead, she became a diplomat after she left film. She served as ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992. In between, she had a stint as chief protocol of the United States under Gerald Ford.
Long before she passed away, Jacqueline Shaw paid tribute to this accomplished and inspiring woman by naming our sweet 6mm, AAA-rated, pearl stud earrings for her. These seawater pearls are small, delicate, charming and has an excellent shine and no blemish, just like our Little Princess. The Shirley Temple legend will live on, bringing more joy and inspiration to future generations.
See also: A Shirley Temple Tribute by CNN