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Shirley Temple: 1928-2014

Shirley Temple: 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Is Dead at 85

June 24, 1938. "Shirley sees her old friend the president. Shirley Temple leaving the White House today after a very important conference with the President. Shirley told Mr. Roosevelt about losing a tooth last night, and he told her about Sistie and Buzzie losing their teeth. Shirley expects to be in Washington a week checking on the affairs of state with different government officials." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


A V-16 and Beer

Shirley looks like she is getting into a 1936 - 1938 Cadillac V-16. It is probably a 1938, but without seeing the grille and fender profile it is hard to be sure.

The V-16 was produced by Cadillac from 1930 - 1940 with a total of 4,403 made. Most were made during the very first year of production (2,887), but with a brand new engine and slightly updated styling there were 315 manufactured in 1938 (up from 50 in 1937). Sales fell rapidly with only 138 sold in 1939 and 61 in 1940. General Motors probably lost quite a bit of money on the V-16 program, but it also highlighted their engineering ability and public image.

Marmon, the company that won the first Indianapolis 500, also built a V-16 from 1931 - 1933 with 390 built. Peerless produced one V-16 car in 1931, but additional production never materialized because the firm switched over to beer production (Carling Black Label) just as production was beginning.

Squeezing people out?

In response to the comment about the children being squeezed out, I believe the woman and the man are Shirley's mother and her bodyguard, who are holding the crowd back so that Shirley can get into the car.

Total Professional

All the interviews I've read with people who worked with her claimed she was always prepared, didn't demand special attention and showed respect to all. Very different from so many other "child stars" that bemoan their fate. She also used her work ethic to carry on as an adult with so many activities, not the least of which being her ambassador posts. So sad to see so many of that generation leaving us, with so few replacements here now as an example.

Squeezed out

Look at the little girl's arm between the woman and man on the left. Famous children get the attention, but others are just in the way.


The singing, smiling, and tap dancing little girl performer will live on forever, even though her real-life adult has died.

She amazed me

Shirley Temple amazed me because she was a hugely successful child star who transitioned to adulthood gracefully, and then led a very successful life as a diplomat. She was an intelligent and graceful lady.

Shirley was busy during her week in DC

"Shirley Sees How Kidnappers Trailed

Shirley Temple of the movies squints into a comparison microscope, used in firearms identification, with help of chief G-man Edgar Hoover during her tour of Federal Bureau of Identification headquarters in Washington, D.C. June 24, 1938. This was just one of the many stops Shirley made during her visit to the G-men's laboratories, gymnasium, museum and rifle range."

Associated Press Photo
Collection of Washingtoniana, DC Public Library

A Sense of Priorities

It is not often that a President gets an audience with the most famous person in the world. It has probably happened only a few times.

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