As a cheery, cheeky curly cherub, she was the perfect antidote to the Depression. Today she turns 80, but nothing can take away the magic of Shirley Temple.
She became a national institution: there were Shirley Temple dolls, toys, and clothes (including a line in bathing suits). "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six," she recalled. "Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked me for my autograph."
For curly kids everywhere, she became an adorable role model. She rocked those blond ringlets. There was no other child star before or since who has been as popular or who demonstrated such extraordinary talents as singer, dancer and actor. Happy birthday, Shirley.