Shirley Temple Black: A Bio-Bibliography

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Chronicling Shirley Temple Black's various careers, this work spans the years from her childhood at the studio and at home through her waning success during adolescence, to her diplomatic and political pursuits. An anomaly among child stars, Shirley Temple Black's successful adaptation to life outside the traditional Hollywood social life is explored against the backdrop of the child-star phenomenon in American entertainment. Facts about her childhood, her parental influences, and her political beliefs present ...

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Overview

Chronicling Shirley Temple Black's various careers, this work spans the years from her childhood at the studio and at home through her waning success during adolescence, to her diplomatic and political pursuits. An anomaly among child stars, Shirley Temple Black's successful adaptation to life outside the traditional Hollywood social life is explored against the backdrop of the child-star phenomenon in American entertainment. Facts about her childhood, her parental influences, and her political beliefs present Shirley Temple Black as a unique individual rather than as a child star icon.

Scholars researching American popular culture will find information on child stars in general through this exploration of Shirley Temple Black's significance within that role. Current attitudes toward racial stereotyping in early films are examined. Research sources for radio broadcasts during the late 1930s and early 1940s are also valuable. The changing American political climate can be viewed through the filter of the economic depression, during which the public embraced Shirley Temple's sense of hope and optimism, and through her, revealed political activism.

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The bulk of this volume consists of a biography of Shirley Temple Black in her various incarnations as childhood actress, campaigner for Richard Nixon, businesswoman, diplomat, and environmentalist. Also included is a bibliographical essay that reviews some of the most important works about her; a bibliography that confines itself to publishing information; and a filmography that lists her movies, with information about studios and casts for each movie. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780313258480
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Popular Culture Bio-Bibliographies Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

PATSY GUY HAMMONTREE is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Responsibility and Riotousness: A Biography

Sparkle: Shirley's Cultural Impact

Chronology

Filmography

Index

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