Shirley Temple – SAG Life Achievement Award Presentation – 2006
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[Shirley Temple – SAG Life Achievement Award Presentation – 2006]
In 1933 American may have been standing in bread lines but they were also lining up at the movies, momentarily escaping their troubles for a ticket costing 2 dimes and a nickle. Movie production thrived during The Great Depression but no one could have predicted that a brow-eyed curly haired child would be the one to send a thunderbolt through the entertainment industry. The only daughter of Gertrude and George Temple a Santa Monica banker and his wife. Shirley made her screen debut in Baby Burlesk [Shirley Temple in GLAD RAGS TO RICHES] a series of Comedy Shorts imitating popular stars of the day. Including sex sirens May West and Marlene Dietrich.
[Shirley Temple – We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye]
And you can all believe me
Were sure on camera too
But we just couldn’t say goodbye
Signed by 20th Century Fox by age 5. Her big break came with “STAND UP AND CHEER” [PRODUCED BY WINFIELD SHEEHAN] playing opposite charismatic song and dance man James Dunn.
Paramount borrowed her [DAMON RUNYON’S ADOLPH ZUKOR Presents SHIRLEY TEMPLE in LITTLE MISS MARKER Directed by ALEXANDER HALL] Little Miss Marker and over night she went from scarlet to a star.
[Shirley Temple & Dorothy Dell – Laugh You Son Of A Gun 1934]
Look at the funny side. And have your fun. Stay by your honey’s side. And laugh you son of a gun. It doesn’t cost a thing. To buy the sun.
[CAPTAIN JANUARY (WITH BUDDY EBSEN)
In the pictures that followed she lit up the screen in both comedies and drama.
Acting, singing, dancing with Hollywood’s best.
[(Video Clip) The Little Colonel (1935)]
[Walker (Bill “Bojangles” Robinson):]
Why, everybody’s got to go upstairs, Miss Lloyd, if they wants to go to bed.
[Miss Lloyd Sherman (Shirley Temple):] Source: LYBIO.net
But I don’t want to.
Among her co-stars Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was her favorite.
Say you catch on quick.
In an era where racial integration on screen and off was almost non-existent, Shirley and Bill led the way; hand and hand and step by step.
[Film Academy Gives Highest 1934 Award To Shirley Temple Reported by LOWELL THOMAS FOX MOVIETONE NEWS]
In 1934 acknowledging her monumental contribution to Motion Pictures The Academy presented her with a special miniature Oscar.
[The Academy (Irvin S. Cobb):]
The first time to present this special award (inaudible) trophy to Shirley.
Uuu, thank you very much Mr. Cobb. Mommy, can I go home now?
With each new film the public seemed to adore her more, voting Shirley their favorite movie star four years in a row. [BOX-OFF CHAMPION No. 1 1934-1935] BOX-OFF CHAMPION No. 1 1935-1936] A record that’s never been equaled. BOX-OFF CHAMPION No. 1 1936-1937]
[(Video Clip) Shirley Temple Sings ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop]
On the good ship
Its a sweet trip
To the candy shop
Where bon-bon’s play,
On the sunny beach
Of peppermint bay
Fill the air,
Records, magazines, children’s clothes, cereal, even a bubbly non-alcoholic drink that’s still being served today: “THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE”. – all have the Temple trademark. Not to mention the sale of 1 million dolls in every shape and size. The press described it as Shirley Mania!
After completely Young People her last film as a child actor. Shirely re-emerged on screen as a teenager now under contract with David O. Selznick. She showed audiences a new level of maturity [THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER] and sophistication.
You’re new around here.
That’s okay, I like older women.
Retiring in movies in 1949. She found time for a personal life becoming a devoted wife and mother.
[(Video Clip) Shirley Temple Sings]
When you’ve grown up my dear and are as old as I you’ll often ponder all the years that rolled so swiftly by.
She returned to show business on television as host and producer as Shirley Temple’s Story Book.
[(Video Clip) Shirley Temple Sings When I Grow Up]
When I grow up
In a year or two or three,
I’ll be happy as can be
Like a birdie in a tree.
When I grow up
There’s a lot I want to do.
After her own children were grown and looking for a new opportunity to make a difference she pursued local politics and then became a Delegate to the United Nations.
I have the honor to present her excellency Mrs. Shirley Temple Black.
She was appointed ambassador to Ghana in 1974.
[Shirley Temple Black:]
I Shirley Temple Black…
And later as our countries first woman Chief of Protocol, she graciously welcomed the world with her open and generous spirit, her service to America continued to Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, a witness to that countries democratic revolution. [THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS] There’s never been any one like her. In attempting to capture her essence and life of achievement that spans more than seven decades perhaps the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt sum it up best:
[Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945):]
As long as we have Shirley Temple we will be all right.
[(Video Clip) Shirley Temple saying Oh My Word from the movie Curly Top!]
Oh My Word!
[Announcer:] Source: LYBIO.net
Please welcome Jamie Lee Curtis.
[Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest (born November 22, 1958):]
As a child who grew up here in the city of angels, I remember looking forward to Shirley’s movies. In fact, I felt a special kind of awe in watching them, not just because they were immensely entertaining but because Shirley seemed so different from other actors that I have met, I mean actors would visit my parents who were actors and as a kid I always felt there was something kind of, you know, actory about it all – I mean – I knew my father was not Houdini and I mean although people said something horrible happened to my mother in the shower – she was still there – everyday, telling me to clean my room so I was skeptical about acting but when I watched Shirley Temple there was nothing artificial about her. She was a natural. I believed she was the little princess. I believed she was a civil war survivor, I believed she was Heidi and because of her I even believed there was a good ship lollipop. Shirley as a representative of the acting community how proud we all are to count you as one of our own. It is truly one of the honors of my life being able to stand up here and present you tonight with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. [SAG] Ladies and Gentlemen Shirley Temple Black.
[standing ovation and extended applause] Source: LYBIO.net
[Shirley Temple Black (born Shirley Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014):]
Thank you. Thank you very much. Uh, thank you Jamie Lee for that beautiful presentation.
I’m indeed honored to receive the Life Achievement Award from my peers the Screen Actors Guild. I’m out of breath, this is exciting. I haven’t been down here for a while. [clears throat]
When I was three years old, I was delighted to be told that I was an actress, even though I didn’t know what an actress was.
I’d been blessed with three wonderful careers: motion pictures and television, wife, mother and grandmother, and diplomatic services, for the United States government. I have one piece of advice (thank you) [applause] I’m proud of that too – about 30 years in me – foreign service – its an honorary foreign service officers, I have on piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the Life Achievement Award: start early!
[audience laughs] Source: LYBIO.net
My love to all of you – thank you for honoring me.
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