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Late Night: RIP Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple–child star and United States ambassador–has died.  Franklin D. Roosevelt said that the lovable curly-haired moppet had saved America during the Depression with her high spirits and talent. The New York Times called her a model child star–certainly Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber could have taken page out her book.

CNN wrote:

At the peak of her fame in the mid-1930s there were Shirley Temple dolls, Shirley Temple dresses, Shirley Temple china, Shirley Temple notebooks, Shirley Temple soap and Shirley Temple sheet music. There was a nonalcoholic cocktail — ginger ale with a touch of grenadine, topped with a maraschino cherry — named for her.

She was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1934. She was the No. 1 box office star in the nation from 1935 to 1938. She almost single-handedly led 20th Century Fox, her studio, back to profitability.

She was so well-known, so iconic, that even the number of curls in her hair was publicized. (It’s 56, incidentally.)

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 6,” she once wrote. “Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.