Showing posts with label shirley temple black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shirley temple black. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Eight Years of Blogging

Eight years…never would have guessed it. When I did my first post, I don't think I had any idea what I was getting into, let alone that it would become a daily task that would last for eight years. Today's post uses the stats from blogger to display my Top 10 posts, starting with…

The #10 Daveland Post. Sometimes, it's obvious to me why a post gets high readership; this one baffles me. Coming in with more than 1,936 views, you can read about "The Aristocats" and "The Three Caballeros."

Squeaking in at #9 with 1,975 views, the classic holiday treat "A Christmas Story" is covered in this post.

Shirley Temple, Bo Derek, and crazy in the desert. It's no wonder that this post is #8 with a walloping 4,645 views.

The debut of an unseen Steve Martin at Disneyland in 1957? I totally understand why this post got 4,721 views and earned the #7 spot.

The #6 Daveland Post inches up the ladder with 4,912 views and a photo of Elizabeth Taylor at Club 33.

The #5 Daveland Post covers the "High School Musical" phenomenon and has gotten over 7,432 views.

Unable to turn away from the weird, over 9,298 people have looked at The #4 Daveland Post which shows the evolution of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes in the Park.

Could it be the sight of Michael Douglas copping a feel from Kathleen Turner that got The #3 Daveland Post 9,780 views?

Two beloved child stars meet, and people obviously want to see it. With more than 12,528 views, The #2 Daveland Post shows Annette Funicello and Shirley Temple Black at the Oscars.

With a whopping 41,008 views, I am totally baffled as to why The #1 Daveland Post earned the top spot. Getting my car's smog test, I wandered through the University Heights neighborhood and took a few photos. Even more baffling is why this particular post has been spammed to death by idiots trying to sell Michael Kors purses.

Interesting to note that despite grumblings from a few readers who get upset when I veer the topic here from Disney, 4 of the top 10 posts have absolutely nothing to do with the Mouse. Raise your glasses to another 8 (or more) years of diverse offerings here at Daveland; thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy (Almost) 86th Birthday, Shirley Temple Black!

In honor of what would have been her 86th birthday, today's post is a tribute to the recently deceased Shirley Temple Black. This first photo is from 70 years ago when Shirley's sweet sixteenth birthday (1944) was celebrated on-set. Here's the accompanying publicity blurb:

A bottle of favorite perfume given her on her sixteenth birthday is shared with her close friend and stand-in, Mary Lou Isleib. The party took place on the set of Selznick International's "I'll Be Seeing You," her latest picture in which she appears with Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten.

Always working, Shirley's 35th birthday occurred on the set of the Red Skelton Show. Red seems to be enjoying the cake more than Shirley.

Happy Birthday, Shirley - hope all the stars in the heavens are celebrating your special day!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Six Degrees of Shirley: San Diego's Neil Morgan

Sorry for the Shirley Temple overload folks, but I'll just warn you will probably continue for a bit. Today, author Rita Dubas shared a little tidbit that should appeal to ST and San Diego admirers alike. As she tells it:

"I wanted to send two images of an item that made me think of you with your San Diego connection—I ran across this 45 rpm record a couple of years ago and did some research at the time on Neil Morgan, a San Diego Tribune columnist/author. I looked him up again yesterday, and discovered that he passed just 10 days before Shirley, at age 89! Not sure why Shirley is pictured on the 45 sleeve; I think the other woman is Morgan’s wife, Judith. I’m assuming they were friends, and this must date from the mid-60s with the Dr. Strangelove reference. It seems he was an accomplished pianist, all snark on the record notes aside."

Never heard of Neil Morgan? He was an award-winning newsman, author, and San Diego media icon recently passed away at the age of 89.

“He loved this city. He nagged it,” wife Judith Morgan said Saturday evening.

He wrote for the San Diego Tribune from 1950—1992 in positions including columnist and editor. He continued writing at The San Diego Union-Tribune, the newspaper created from the merger of the San Diego Union and the Tribune, and later for the nonprofit Voice of San Diego, a news and opinion website that he helped start.

“If it’s important and it happened — or is about to happen — in San Diego, odds are it will show up in Morgan’s column first,” San Diego Magazine noted in 1981.

He and his wife collaborated on several magazine articles and books, including “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography,” an authorized biography of writer and illustrator Ted Geisel.

“We were blessed because we were married almost 50 years and had the joy of respecting each other, loving each other and writing together,” his wife said.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

No Wet Hair For Shirley

Because of a post I had done previously on Shirley Temple's stand-in, Mary Lou Isleib, I was contacted by Amy D. about her connection to Mary Lou. Amy was kind enough to send along a family photo shot in 1934. As she recalls:

Here's the story behind the picture: in those years the Temples and the Isleibs rented houses on Balboa Island. Sometimes my parents also rented for one week, encouraged by the Isleibs who were neighbors of ours in Glendale. I believe this photo was taken on a Sunday because my brother, Tom Anderson, who was a student at Cal Tech, was there for the weekend and he took the picture you see below.

We three little girls were playing in the water when Mrs. Temple called Shirley to get out because she was getting her hair wet. We all came up on the beach trying to persuade Shirley's mother to let her stay in. After Tom took the I heard my mother telling the story over and over to all her friends, "Shirley put on her famous pout, stamped her little foot and said 'When I'm grown up and my own boss, I'll go in the water and get my hair wet whenever I want.'"

[Note: Shirley's movie "The Little Colonel" with Lionel Barrymore has a few great examples of her stomping her foot!]

By the way, I was amused by the article that told about Mary Lou's mother putting her hair up in pin curls every night. What a pain that was. I remember it very well. Also, her hair wasn't naturally blond and my mother was scandalized that they bleached it!

My contacts with Shirley over the years were limited to the occasions when my status as Mary Lou's best Glendale friend overlapped with her contacts with Shirley, the rare times for example when the Temples came to Glendale to visit. After Harry Isleib died, his widow, Aileen, and Mary Lou moved to Santa Monica. Mary Lou's brother, Harry Jr., must have been married by then.

The last times I saw Shirley were in connection with Mary Lou's wedding. Shirley and I were the bridesmaids. Mary Lou's sister-in-law was Matron of Honor. I was a student at UCLA and living in Westwood. There were several showers including one held at the house where Shirley and John Agar were living. It was the cottage that had been built on the Temple's property in Brentwood. It had been Shirley's playhouse and converted to a newlywed cottage for their brief marriage. I met John Agar at the rehearsal dinner.

Strangely I lost touch with Mary Lou after I was married and moved out of California for a while. We met again when my husband and I resumed the Balboa Island tradition with our own family, but regrettably I lost touch again. The only other time I saw Shirley was when she wrote her autobiography Child Star in 1989 and I went to a book signing in San Francisco (I have lived in the Bay Area 60+ years). I showed her the picture and she told me that she had just seen Mary Lou the week before. So that tells me they continued their friendship, probably for a lifetime.

I tried to call Mary Lou several years ago after finding her number on the Internet but it had been disconnected. In recent years I thought about trying to contact Shirley to find out if Mary Lou was still alive but never followed through. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard this morning that Shirley had died.

I had written to Amy that I always felt bad about Mary Lou's younger life being spent in the shadow of Shirley. Here's her response about that:

I don't think you need to feel bad for Mary Lou. Her life was surely changed by that connection but because the Temples were fairly level headed and mostly avoided the ugly side of Hollywood life, I think it was changed for the better.

I was disappointed to learn in later years that there had been a conflict about Shirley's money
[Note: Shirley revealed in her autobiography that through poor investments by her father, most of her money earned as a child was gone]. Though it was meaningless to me at the time, I do remember hearing my parents talking about the huge sums the Temples were putting away for Shirley's future. Guess that didn't work out as planned, but probably better in the long run. But I do think that the relatively small amount that Mary Lou was making probably made a difference in that family. Considering the times, none of our families were suffering. Before her success, Shirley's family lived in Santa Monica, while Mary Lou and I lived in a nice neighborhood in Glendale (the Isleibs were across the street from Harry's parents.)

Even the remote and tenuous connection I had enriched my life in little and unexpected ways as was the case yesterday, when Shirley's death coincided with my 86th birthday and sparked a minor explosion on my Facebook page on what would have been a lonely and boring day because of a nasty cold.

How fantastic to have those intimate memories shared with us. Thanks so much, Amy!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tribute to Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Kid 'N Africa photo

I was saddened this morning to read that one of my childhood heroines, Shirley Temple Black, had passed away. I vividly remember the first time I saw her on television; I was flipping channels and came upon a black and white movie with a little curly-haired girl tap dancing on top of an all-white piano. Turns out it was the end of the movie ("Curly Top," 1935) and I would have to wait until the next Sunday to see another Shirley Temple movie. Here's a colorized version of that very scene:

Every week, "The Shirley Temple Theater" on our local TV station would show a different Shirley Temple movie, and I sat in front of the set and watched every one of them.

What fascinated me about her so? Well, there were others who danced better, and plenty of others who sang better, too, but very few (if any) in films had her sunny disposition, can-do attitude, and total lack of artifice.

Shirley Temple 1934 photo

Her films were simple and adhered to a very strict format. Typically, Shirley was orphaned or missing at least one parent, causing her to shamelessly play matchmaker to create a new family for herself. You knew there'd be a happy ending and that Shirley's home would be whole again by the end of the film. Along the way there'd be plenty of opportunity for Shirley to sing and dance a memorable tune that would stick in your head, and if there were any mean-spirited or hateful people that she'd encounter, well...Shirley would unthaw them pretty darn quick with a smile and a positive message. Even President Lincoln had to acknowledge her request, which in this particular film ("The Littlest Rebel") was to free her father from jail.

Shirley Temple 1935 Littlest Rebel photo with Abraham Lincoln

During the Depression, one of the darkest times of this nation's history, Shirley provided 80 minutes of happiness in a darkened theater for those who had very little joy in their own life. She was credited with lifting the spirits of the world with a toss of her curls and the warmth of her smile. For 20th Century Fox, she was a cash cow, saving the studio from bankruptcy and becoming a merchandising bonanza, spearheaded by the release of a slew of dolls created in her likeness, which happened to save the Ideal Toy Company from financial ruin, too.

Shirley Temple Little Colonel Ideal doll photo

Shirley's film career as a child ended for all the reasons you might guess; she got older, the country became a bit bored with the predictable nature of her films, and others came along that had more talent. At the age of 12, Shirley temporarily retired to focus on being a normal teen and to attend private school at the Westlake School for Girls.

Shirley Temple Young People 1940 photo

Shirley made a number of movies as an adult, some of which are actually pretty darn good, with my favorite being "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" with Cary Grant.

Shirley Temple and Cary Grant Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer 1947 photo

Shirley eventually decided to leave films and with her second marriage, achieved happiness with both husband (Charles Black) and family.

Shirley Temple and Charles Black photo

At a time when women were fighting for equality, Shirley quietly began a second career for herself in politics, showing that you didn't have to burn your bra to be an achiever. Some of the positions she held included Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly under Richard Nixon, Ambassador to Ghana for Gerald Ford, and first female U.S. Chief of Protocol (also under Ford). She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989—1992), having been appointed by President George H. W. Bush. She rounded up her political career by serving as a trainer to future diplomats.

She was also one of the first women to speak up about breast cancer, sharing her own story in 1973 and encouraging women to get checked early. It was a very brave thing to do for such a private person at a time when women just did not speak about such things.

Afterwards, Shirley stayed in the public eye with appearances, honorary Oscars, and the release of her autobiography, the very candid and funny book "Child Star" in 1989.

Shirley Temple Black promoting her autobiography Child Star photo

Here she is with Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, and Jack Haley, Jr. Eva Marie Saint can be seen in the background:

Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Shirley Temple and Jack Haley, Jr. photo

Thank you Shirley for your many years of service to this country. I am sure that Heaven will shine a little brighter with you up there.

Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Shirley Temple and Jack Haley, Jr. photo

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Shirley Steps Out

The two photos in today's post show Shirley Temple and her husband at the time, John Agar, painting the town red. I believe these images are from 1948 or 1949, when the couple were on the verge of divorce...and it shows. John does not seem too thrilled to be out with his legendary spouse. The first image shows them in Beverly Hills at The Tropics, opened by Harry "Sugie" Sugarman in 1936. Located at 421 North Rodeo Drive (there was also another location at Sunset and Vine that he opened in 1939), this was one of the earliest of the Pre-Polynesian Pop spots that catered to the motion picture industry. Guests came to see the stars, drink the strong cocktails, and soak up the tropical atmosphere (bamboo, palm trees, and Beverly Hills' first outdoor patio).

Filipino bartenders whipped up drinks named for Sugarman's movie star friends, such as Thin Ice (Sonja Henie: "If your girlfriend is frigid, one of these will break the ice"), Samoa of Samoa (Bette Davis: "Liquid Lightning…sets you on fire!"), Untamed (Lana Turner: "One drink and you're tighter—than Lana Turner's sweater"), Deep Purple (Cesar Romero: "Colorful as the 'Cisco Kid' himself"), and Zulu (George Brent). Sugarman is also the man who came up with the idea for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Tropics was sold to Harry Arnheim in the mid 1940's, and then purchased by Steve Crane (former husband of Lana Turner) and turned into the Luau in 1953. In December 1979, the Luau was torn down and replaced by the Rodeo Collection shopping mall.

This photo was taken by Hollywood Fan Magazine photographer Hyman Fink. Zooming in for a closeup you can see the photo of Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian competition swimmer, actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player, and businessman who made surfing famous. Kahanamoku was also a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.

This other image from the same evening shows the not-so-happy couple at the Brown Derby Restaurant. Maybe the awful hat Shirley is wearing was the real cause of the problems between the two!

Jimmy Durant's signature can be seen in this closeup; the Derby was famous for the caricatures on the wall of famous celebrities. The ones in this photo were by Eddie Vitch, who had approached Derby owner Robert Cobb in 1931 and offered to draw caricatures of the famous guests who dined there.

Here's Shirley with The Great Schnozzola himself in a still from a deleted musical sequence filmed for 1938's "Little Miss Broadway" called, "Hop, Skip, Jump and Slide":

The 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" opens nationwide in theaters today for a limited engagement in a brand spanking new 3D version;

The reviews so far have raved about how fantastic the (almost) 75 year old film looks; I can't wait to check it out. To find out where it's playing near you, visit the IMAX website.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy 85th Birthday, Shirley Temple Black!

Shirley Temple Black has crammed a lot of living into her 85 years: an actress, a singer, a dancer, a wife, a mother, AND a diplomat. Starting out in 1932 as the female lead in a series of extremely politically incorrect movie shorts called "Baby Burlesks," Shirley learned quickly how to steal a scene.

Her big breakthrough came in 1934 when she sang the hit song "Baby Take A Bow" in the otherwise forgettable Fox Film "Stand Up And Cheer." For a country weary from the Depression and on the brink of war, Shirley was a real shot in the arm.

It wasn't long before the talented tot was immortalized in the cement of Grauman's Chinese Theater's forecourt.

Her roles as a child star are still memorable, whether she was the goody-two-shoes counterpart to Jane Withers' brattiness...

or attempting to charm President Lincoln into pardoning her father...

or teaching a cripple how to walk...

Here she attempts to impress the judge and jury in a courtroom with her dance skills. Whatever it was, Shirley Temple put a smile on the face of this nation throughout the 1930's.

She began 1939 by handing out the Oscar(s) to Walt Disney for his achievement with "Snow White."

1939 also saw the release of her first all-Technicolor motion picture, "The Little Princess."

One year later, her super career faltered when "The Blue Bird" failed to register with the American public. Nobody wanted to see Shirley as a brat.

The 1940's saw a small resurgence in her career in a number of prestige pictures, such as "Since You Went Away" with Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones:

and "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

Sadly though, her career ended before 1950 thanks to a number of duds that attempted to make money by using the marquee value of Shirley's name. "That Hagen Girl" with Ronald Reagan was one of the most laughable.

In the late 1950's, Shirley found new fame on television, presenting a series of classic fairy tales. She was a more than lovely hostess:

Some of the screenplays featured Shirley as well, including "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with Boris Karloff:

One of my favorite (and oddest) photos of Shirley is this one of her from 1964 with The Beatles.

By the 1960's, Shirley gave up her acting career and became a politician, earning a newfound respect thanks to her commitment and hard work. She was also one of the first women to come forward and encourage others by sharing the story of her breast cancer experience. Besides her stints as a diplomat (in Ghana and Prague), Shirley still appeared in the public eye to share stories about her Hollywood days. Here she is in 1978 with Jane Withers:

In 1989 she made best-seller lists with the publication of her autobiography, "Child Star."

She has supposedly finished part two of her autobiography, detailing the rest of her life, but has yet to get it published. I can only imagine the stories she has tell about her days in Washington. Last photo for today shows Shirley with Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, and Jack Haley, Jr. In the background on the right you can see Eva Marie Saint.

So raise your Shirley Temple in salute to Shirley Temple Black - Happy 85th to a true American Princess!

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