Shirley Temple

Quote List

Quotable quotes from the film industry

(Picture: Oh my goodness! - with one of her dolls)


Background music: "Sextet from Lucia",
Captain January (1936), Arrangement P.D.
Computer adaptation 1999 M Tipton

Allan Dwan (Director): "She was just absolutely marvellous, greatest in the world"

Alice Faye (Actress): "She was like apple pie and just a normal little girl", "None of us could get over this little thing that could remember 10 pages of dialogue", "She was lovely, but as she grew up she lost something and I don't know what that was"

Alvin Cooperman (Producer): "She was and is a terrific lady - she is to motion pictures what Babe Ruth is to baseball - an icon - and she is a living legend, at that"

Cesar Romero (Actor): "She had natural charm and great charisma", "She was a delightful extraordinary little girl"

Daryl Hickman (Child Actor): "She had this wonderful vibrant spontaneity", "Everything in Shirley's life was special", "She could give love and affection to who-ever", "People tried to keep her in the mould of the goody two shoes", "By the time she was a grown woman she had fulfilled herself, had it and went on to have another life", "Shirley's gift to show business, to the U.S. and the theatre going public was a revelation of the creativity and the sense of joy and fun of childhood that is in each of us"

Dickie Moore (Child Actor): "Shirley could make people believe if only for 90 minutes that there were no problems in the world", "Her birthday presents were sent to an orphanage unopened"

Delmar Watson (Child Actor): "Shirley gave this country a lift when we needed it"

Encyclopaedia Britannica (Reference): "She was able to straighten out marriages and to shame criminals into becoming law-abiding citizens"

Frank Jnr Coughlin (Actor): "Shirley enjoyed being a little actress"

Gloria Stuart (Actress): "She was a miracle to work with. If you forgot a line, she gave it to you. She was polite, she was sweet, she was professional, she always knew her lines. She was a darling", "Bill Robinson came closest to being her equal".

James Haskins (Author): "She was very reserved and quiet, but when she smiled some of the dimpled sparkle of little Shirley Temple came through"

Jane Withers (Child Actress): "The most adorable, beautiful, precious little girl in the whole world", "Kids were not really like Shirley Temple - it was too perfect"

Loraine Burdick (Author): "Shirley had very natural talent, coupled with the beauty of a well balanced face that is a knockout. (Which is why pictures can be printed reversed and were and often it wasn't noticed)", "The greatest contribution Shirley has made to people is that she has enriched each fan personally and in unforgetable ways...precious to them and never forgotten. She's still one classy lady!"

Marcia Mae Jones (Child Actress): "Shirley was always a star at 20th Century Fox"

Margaret O'Brien (Child Actress): "I first met her on Valentines Day in 1945. She was just lovely, a very very sweet girl. There will never be another Shirley. Sometimes people put a stamp on the world and Shirley certainly did"

Mark Loundy (Journalist): "I do remember her as quite charming; exactly what you might expect", "Shirley Temple charmed the world in the 1930's and still does"

Marylin Granas (First Stand-in): "Gertrude was the ultimate stage mother - She created Shirley Temple the actress", "Shirley's acting ability was Shirley being Shirley"

Neil Doyle (Writer): "I think her appeal was a combination of things. Certainly she was a beautiful child with expressive eyes and charming dimples and a zest for life. She was spontaneous in her acting - a natural talent and seemed to find pleasure in everything she did, due to her outgoing personality"

Shirley Temple: "Shirley Temple doesn't hurt Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple helps Shirley Temple Black because Shirley Temple is remembered with love and with affection. I am thought of as a friend which I am", "Some people are stuck on this image of the little girl", "She is not me", "We shouldn't live in the past", "My life is now!", "I think upon the me of those days as the little sister, I know her very well but not as myself", "I hope people will remember that I lived, that I didn't just exist"

Sonny (Ass Theatre Mgr): "I Escorted Shirley from limo into theatre for premier of "Since You Went Away" at Loews in Dayton, Ohio in September 1944. Chat session with her father and his concern for her safety because of the four blocks of fans wanting to see her, required a change of plans. We ushered her out the back door of the theatre to her hotel with no problems. She was a "Dresden Doll" then and in my memory forever I cherish meeting George (father) & Shirley"

Tommy Tune (Actor): "It happened not long ago", "She ushered in the era of the Child Star", "Before and since there has been no-one quite like her", "She made people feel eventually everything would be alright", "When she entered the political arena her fame became an asset and gave her the chance to do what she always had done well - relate to people", "No person was immune to Shirley's special charms - that charm helped promote a new career", "Throughout her life Shirley Temple has sparkled"

Various: "She brought a smile to an unhappy world", "Every film was a vehicle for her adorableness", "The theme was always - beat the depression", "She has the most brilliant and intense eyes, I know now why her mother said sparkle Shirley sparkle", "The film public could not accept her changing from a little girl", "She lost her sparkle (on screen) because she was tired, disillusioned and the divorce was a killing blow", "Gertrudes wish was that Shirley would grow into a woman of character, faith and usefulness, which she did"


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