Good Ship Lollipop flies for last time with Shirley Temple Black


Good Ship Lollipop flies for last time with Shirley Temple Black

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 11, 2014

The Good Ship Lollipop has flown for the last time with one of the most beloved child stars of all time on board.

Shirley Temple Black died at her California home at the age of 85, according to her publicist.

The blonde, curly-haired, dimpled actress came to fame at the height of the Great Depression in movies including "Curly Top," "Bright Eyes," and "Poor Little Rich Girl." She first sang the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop" in the movie "Bright Eyes."

She began her career when she was just three years old and was a major star by the time she was 6. She was one of the very first stars whose likeness was used for dolls, records, mugs, hats and more.

It was once said that she had more than 50 blonde curls on her head and children would try to copy her famous hairstyle. She was also so popular that she had a drink named after her.

Temple Black reached the height of her career between 1935 and 1938 and she won a special Academy Award in 1935 for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment."

According to NBC News, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called her "Little Miss Miracle" because of her ability to raise the public's morale during times of extreme hardship.

Temple Black was spotted by a talent scout in dance school and cast in "Baby Burlesks," a series of short movies with child actors spoofing adult movies.

Her first movie was "Stand Up and Cheer" in 1934 and her song "Baby Take A Bow" stole the show.

Temple Black made about 40 movies in 10 years and starred alongside famous actors like Randolph Scott, Lionel Barrymore, and Jimmy Durante.

Her most memorable performances were in the four movies that she made with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In the movie "The Little Colonel," she tap dances up and down a staircase, matching the veteran tapper Robinson step for step.

Her movie career basically ended when she was 12 although she had a couple of roles, including starring in "That Hagen Girl" with future president Ronald Reagan. She officially retired as an actress at the age of 21 in 1949.

Temple Black did volunteer work for the Republican Party and once ran unsuccessfully for Congress. She also worked for Richard Nixon's re-election campaign. Temple Black would later become an ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana.

The former child star was also a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and wife to Charles Alden Black for 55 years.


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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to