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Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black(actress, born April 23, 1928, Santa Monica, California; died, February 10, 2014, Woodside, California) From the start, Shirley Temple had what the camera loves: bright eyes and a curly top, a magical presence and irrepressible charm -- and an amazing talent. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, proclaimed that "as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right." She was the star of more than forty motion pictures, most of them made during the 1930s before she had celebrated her 12th birthday. The recipient of a special Academy Award for her performance in Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple became a unique symbol of American movies and a joyous tonic for a nation greatly troubled by the Great Depression. She was a household name throughout the nation and the world.