“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”, Shirley Temple.
“Bright Eyes” is a movie, an American comedy drama, released on December 28, 1934.
That was the first feature for Shirley Temple, crafted specifically for her talents, and the first where her name appeared over the title. Her signature song “On the Good Ship Lollipop” was introduced in it and sold 500,000 sheet-music copies.
She achieved international fame with this movie, and she was only 5 years old.
Shirley Temple is that cute adorable little girl, with her famous curls and dimples, who started her film career at the age of 3!
Encouraged by her mother, she enrolled in Meglin’s Dance School in Los Angeles. She was then spotted by the casting director Charles Lamont, who liked her and invited her to an audition. That is how it all started.
Shirley Temple was a phenomenal talent, an amazing dancer, actress and singer from the beginning. Her song “On the Good Ship Lollipop” became so famous in the 1930s, that she even earned a special Academy award for it! It is listed on the AFI’s 100 years…. 100 songs ( a reference).
The film focuses about the relationship between bachelor aviator James “Loop” Merritt (James Dunn) and his orphaned godchild, Shirley Blake (Shirley temple), who lost her father to a plane crash. She lives with her mother, with the Smythes family for whom the mother serves a a domestic. The Smythes do not really care about Shirley, except for the uncle Ned. When her mother is killed by a crash accident, Shirley becomes the object of a bitter custody between James and uncle Ned.
The film was a huge success, and established Shirley Temple as Hollywood’s top attraction.
For her role in the movie, Temple received miniature Oscar in 1935. She was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award
I personally love Shirley Temple as a child actress and have watched so many of her dancing clips from her movies. She is incredibly cute and talented.
Have you ever watched any of her performance? If you did let me know which one was your favorite!