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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE MUTUAL LOVE OF SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND HAWAII


Shirley Temple Black passed away at the age of 85.  She and Hawaii had a mutual love for each other.  Here to the left on Duke Kahanamoku.  The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where she many times stayed, said it invented the Shirley Temple, the cocktail of ginger ale grenadine and a maraschino cherry, but it was the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, or, maybe Chasen's.  If you replace ginger ale with a cola, then the drink is known as a Roy Rogers.  Why did she stay at the Pink Palace?  She liked the color pink, and this was the premier tourist home of stars.

Her film career began in 1932 at the age of three, in 1934 added her foot and handprints to the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater and the following year was honored with a juvenile Oscar.  The combination of cute and talent made her the darling of the depression era.  She made $200,00 just on merchandise royalties in 1936, which today would be worth more than $3 million.  In the mid-thirties until 1938 she was #1 at the box office.  She declined the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and her career waned through the 40's, finally retiring at the age of 22 in 1950 after making 60 full length films, starring in 42  of them before the age of 12.

At the age of 15 she met an Army sergeant, John Agar, they got married in 1945 when she was 17, and Agar became an actor.  They were in Fort Apache (1948--Rotten Tomatoes reviewers rated this at 100%) with John Wayne/Henry Fonda and Adventure in Baltimor(1949) with Robert Young as her minister father.  Temple and Agar divorced the following year.


Soon thereafter, she met in Honolulu Charles Black, former Naval intelligence officer, who worked for what became Dole Pineapple and known then as one of the richest bachelors in the West.  Black was the son of the chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric.  Within a year they were married.  To quote:

Shirley and Charlie were married until his death in 2005 from a bone marrow disease.  She has said that while they were dating, Charles wooed her with a Tahitian love song, and as he lay dying, she sang the same song to him.

Charles Black became part of the Stanford Research Institute and lived with Shirley and children in Atherton and Woodside for the rest of his life.  From 1950, Shirley Temple became a housewife, TV personality, member of various important corporate boards, socialite, public servant, diplomat and ambassador. She was a staunch Republican and lost a congressional election.  Here with President George W. Bush.  

She is, perhaps, best remembered for The Good Ship Lollypop:


Here is a full movie about her story.  But that's not her, so try these click worthy highlights of her life:

As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right. When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.


David Ikegami sent me this rare and remarkable recording of two Japanese children songs by Shirley Temple when she was eight years old.  She actually sounds like the "originals" I somewhat remember when I was young.



The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal standings
      COUNTRY                   GOLD            SILVER             BRONZE
1
Germany
6
1
1
8
2
Canada
4
4
2
10
3
Norway
4
3
5
12
4
Netherlands
4
2
4
10
5
United States
3
1
5
9
6
Switzerland
3
0
1
4
7
Russia
2
4
3
9

Well, this is a kind of joke, posed for by Havard Bokko, speed skater from Norway:


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