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Shirley Temple Look-a-Like Doll


The popularity of child movie star Shirley Temple inspired an enormous number of branded toys, dolls, and consumer goods. Though the Ideal Toy Company secured sole rights to produce a Shirley Temple doll after the actress's first film "Stand Up and Cheer" in 1934, other doll companies produced their own likeness of the child (like the doll pictured here) and sold them successfully. In the 1930s, sales of Shirley-Temple everything was pretty much a sure thing. Shirley (born in 1928) performed in her first American film at the age of three. By the time she starred in "Bright Eyes," a feature film made to showcase her acting, dancing, singing, and cuteness, she had already appeared in the aforementioned "Stand up and Cheer," "Little Miss Maker," and several short films. Shirley went on to star in such hits as "The Little Colonel," "Our Little Girl,' "Curly Top," and many other productions. Her bouncy curls, charisma, dancing, singing, and sweetness calmed worried movie audiences even as her charms turned gruff old men into ol' softies at just the right plot point in the movie. Little Shirley was the salve to a suffering nation during the Great Depression. Even President Franklin Roosevelt appreciated her talents: "It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."

  • Material: composition | paint | fabric | mohair | tin
  • Object ID: 113.157
  • Credit Line: Gift of Roxie Wood Mitchell
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