We lost Shirley Temple Black, former child star, former Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and former US Chief of Protocol, last week. During the worst days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt remarked, “As long as we have Shirley Temple, we’ll be all right.” I have pictures of my mother, a Depression-era baby, with her hair styled in curls just like Shirley’s. Of course, as all child stars do, she grew up, and after a number of films as a teenager, she retired from making films in 1950. Seventeen years later, she ran for Congress, and started her diplomatic career with a brief appointment as a representative to the United Nations in 1969, after Hnry Kissinger heard her talking about Namibia at a party and was surprised that she even knew about it. Her abilities as an ambassador were questioned at first, but she surprised everyone with her ability.
Our first song by Ms. Temple is “Animal Crackers In My Soup,” from the 1935 film Curly Top. I’ve never really given the lyrics much thought. They’re kind of disturbing, especially when sung by a six-year-old.
The second song today is “On The Good Ship Lollipop,” from 1934’s Bright Eyes.
Rest in peace, Shirley Temple Black, our Two for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.