Thank you for the Associated Press article of 2/12/14 about the passing of Shirley Temple at the age of 85..

The article describes her as the adorable little actress who was praised by President Franklin
D. Roosevelt for lifting America’s spirits during the depression-era and credited with saving the 20th Century Fox Movie company from bankruptcy.

Shirley, as a child actress from 1933 to 1938 was more popular than Clark Gable, Joan Crawford or Gary Cooper. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked her among the top seven
actresses in history, eventhough she retired from acting at the age 21.

After reaching adulthood, Shirley held several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations,
Including that of Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, reflecting her role of Ambassador to the World featured in her childhood movies of goodwill and optimism – ” Little Miss Marker”, “Bright Eyes”, “Curly Top”, “Dimples”, “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Heidi”. Also, in two films with Civil War themes “The Littlest Rebel” and “Little Colonel”, she danced with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, at a time when racial teamings were rare in Hollywood, their tap dance steps became a landmark in the history of film dance.

We all sailed the “Good Ship lollipop” that Shirley sang of and looked for the “Animal Crackers”
In our soup!

We’ll miss Shirley Temple and with her – heaven will surely be a brighter place!

Renee Christopher-McPheeters
Homosassa, Florida