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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Sepia Saturday 316; Movies and a child star.


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Shirley Temple as Heidi.
She was the most famous person in the world facilitated by the earliest moving pictures.
The dimpled darling reached fans worldwide in the 1930s by singing and dancing her way through Hollywood movies. 

At three years old, Shirley was enrolled at a Dance Studio in Hollywood, where she was spotted by two talent scouts from a minor studio, Educational Films, which churned out one-reel "Poverty Row" shorts.
 Educational signed her to a two-year contract for 26 short films, at $50 a week. 
The regime at Educational Studios was infantile slave labour. 
Rehearsals would mean two weeks without pay. Each film was then shot at lightning speed in two days. For playing the lead, Shirley received  $10 a day.
For any child who misbehaved, there was the sinister black "punishment box," containing only a large block of ice, in which the obstreperous infant would be forcibly confined to "cool off."
Shirley was put into this box several times, was once forced to work the day after undergoing an operation to pierce her ear-drum and on another occasion to dance on a badly injured foot.

 Friday, July 2, Was a Special Day for Shirley Temple ~ On this day in 1934, Shirley Temple was signed up with Fox Film Corp., going from $150 a week to $1,000 plus bonuses. She was the most popular child star in Hollywood during the 1930s elevating her to the star status of people like Gary Cooper, and Clark Gable.

Shirley Temple Black was born in 1928 and died at 85 in 2014.

RIP


My godmother must have been a great fan of Shirley Temple the child star. When she gave birth to a  girl child  she wanted to name her Shirley. The local catholic Priest forbade it as it was considered by his wisdom as not to be a christian name! She had to name her daughter Sirna. Yet she was known to all as Shirley and never called Sirna. 


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Sepia Saturday 316 : 6 February 2016


15 comments:

  1. Stories of child stars are always fascinating, maybe because we can't imagine that their lives could ever be so sad. Shirley Temple was one adorable kid though, and a natural talent from what I can tell.

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  2. She was a diligent little worker, I don't think it was all play for a tiny girl like her. Lots of discipline and repeat which has probably annoyed her too.

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  3. No laws to protect child actors like little Shirley back then. I've never heard of the name Sirna.

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    1. Neither did I; I guess it might have been an invention of his. I wonder why he did not like Shirley, perhaps because it was an English name! Many possibilities.

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  4. Where did your Godmother live? I understand in Germany you could only use certain approved names from "the book."

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    1. In rural Switzerland. It happened in the second world war, and he might have had an antipathy against the English language. Switzerland was neutral, but there were many sympathetic towards the G. regime; just a guess. At this time many German words were even more germanized some times to the ludicrous.

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  5. Yes, Shirley was certainly a model which us kids born in the early 40s had to follow. I am so sorry she had to go through such trauma behind the cameras. You chose a great movie star for this topic!

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    1. She would have brought a lot of pleasure to many, as she remained so sweet and natural. She married early, with 17 the first time and stopped filming when she was 22. she must have had so enough of it.

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  6. From things I've read, child actors back then did not have it easy. An interesting tidbit about Shirley Temple - to me anyway - is many years ago I had a little summer vacation romance thing going with a fellow who lived in an affluent neighborhood. I didn't realize how affluent until he told me he had to go home because he'd promised he'd help his neighbor, Mrs. Black, set up for a party she was hosting. I had no clue who he was talking about, but my mother did and asked "As in Shirley Temple Black?" and he laughed as he said "Yeah".

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    1. Interesting and fun "tidbit" from your life.

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  7. As a young girl, I loved watching reruns of Shirley Temple movies! It would be interesting to go back and see one now, as most things that I thought were fantastic in the past, are not as good as I remember!

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    1. Movies date too; I am an English movie fan, some of the comedies I thought were funny now they are merely comic and childish crude. There were some awesome movies made. Gone with the wind is one of them. I wonder how it would be if they remade it now.

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  8. The precocious Shirley was the darling of that bygone age. One can’t help feeling she was exploited somewhat.

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    1. Especially as they did not have child protection laws like today.

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  9. An interesting take on this week's prompt and the photograph of Shirley is adorable. But she was far too young to be put under that kind of pressure.

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