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.
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.