There is a video on YouTube that I have tried to get on this post but I have been unable to do so... it is "Larry King Live with Shirley Temple Black" and it is from 1988 and is about 30 minutes long. I know...I just did a post about Shirley Temple, and I did one back in February when she passed away... but I am telling you that it is 30 minutes of your time that you will not regret! What a TREASURE we had in Shirley Temple Black and we didn't even know it! When you listen to her in the video, her great intelligence and common sense just shines through and she is so KIND. It occurred to me that when I told you that I had been unwell and not just sitting around watching Shirley Temple movies, perhaps you might think that I was insincere in my admiration for Shirley Temple...and we can't have that, can we? So....I searched and searched until I found the most PERFECT video of Shirley Temple Black for you, and yet
There! Click on that above and see if you can't see it!
Just in case you are unable to see the video, I will just tell you a bit about it....
Shirley Temple Black talks openly and honestly about her famous childhood. She tells us of her great love for her mother (she is promoting her autobiography, "Child Star" here in 1988 and it is dedicated to her mother.) We find out that her father and his business partner mismanaged her money and she was left with very little compared to the millions that she had made for 20th Century Fox, the studio that she and she alone, brought out of bankruptcy. (Any bitterness? NO! This is Shirley Temple Black!) We learn of her great love for her family....she married at 17 and that marriage did not last, but it was her second marriage to Charles Black that brought her much happiness. She tells us the story of how a studio executive from MGM came on to her when she was only 12 years old! (You might think that could have really messed with her mind, but her mother handled it in such a way, that Shirley and her mother just laughed it off, making it the MAN's warped problem and they simply never went back to that studio!)
Now, here's the thing...when she speaks of her great love for ALL people, and this is just what she said...."I love ALL people...I might not like them all, but I love all people". She speaks of the work that she did as an ambassador and diplomat and it makes me long for more like her. We are very much in need of love like that...respect and love for ALL in the world. (And Larry King let her state this with hardly a mention...I wish I could have interviewed her!)
I did see the TV special that was shown on PBS. It was called "Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling". There was nothing at all wrong with it, but it made me sad to hear people talk about how Shirley had "changed". You see, it seems to me that when we have an extraordinary talent, we simply don't know how to handle it...we tend to put people into boxes and leave them there, not allowing them to grow or to change, and I think that applies to people in general but it certainly does to child stars like Shirley Temple. We will always have the movies that Shirley Temple made as a child but we should also realize that her childhood was just a brief time in her life, and her life was a long and fulfilling one, I just wish we could have better appreciated the sincere and earnest heart of Shirley Temple Black, a gift to the world.
Shirley Temple was born just one year after my Dad and they are of the generation that some have called "The Greatest". Many of that generation find that labeling a bit unsettling, but it is only because we don't have the words or expressions to convey to those who lived through the Great Depression the great respect that we have for them. We just try our best.