Shirley Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple

Shirley
Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple
1928

American Movie and Television Actress, Singer, Dancer, Politician, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia

Author Quotes

I've been so blessed. If someone asked me whom I would choose to be if I could come back in another life, I would have to say Shirley Temple Black. I cannot think of a more interesting life to ask for.

There's nothing like real love. Nothing.

I've led three lives: the acting part, wife and mother - which is a career - and international relations. I'm proud of my career, the first one, and I'm proud of the other two, too.

Time is money. Wasted time means wasted money means trouble.

Long ago, I became more interested in the real world than in make-believe.

We would have to invent the U.N. if we did not have it, which is not an original thought.

Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways - in science, in politics, in every bold intention. It is part of our collective lives, entwining our past and our future ... a particularly rewarding aspect of life itself.

When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I?ve been getting younger ever since.

Many people consider me an old friend.

When you're a performer, you have to please a large audience. And when you're in politics, you have to please a large audience, too.

Most of the people in Ghana wouldn't know me as an actress. They'd know me for my work at the U.N.

You've got to S-M-I-L-E. To be H-A-Double-P-Y.

My mother made it seem perfectly normal for thousands of people to be cheering me, as if there was nothing special going on. I thought all children must live as I did.

Nothing crushes freedom as substantially as a tank.

One famous movie executive who shall remain nameless, exposed himself to me in his office. 'Mr X,' I said, 'I thought you were a producer not an exhibitor'.

Politicians are actors, too, don't you think? Usually, if you like people and you're outgoing, not a shy little thing, you can do pretty well in politics.

Shirley Temple doesn?t hurt Shirley Temple Black. Shirley Temple helps Shirley Temple Black. She is thought of as a friend -- which I am!

Some people liked Rudolph Valentino. I liked Rin Tin Tin.

Studio chief Winfield Sheehan wanted me to remain a little girl. If I lost my innocence, he said, it would show in my eyes.

I?m not too proud of the movies I made as a grownup except for The Hagen Girl, which nobody remembers but which gave me a chance to act.

Sunnybrook Farm is now a parking lot; the petticoats are in the garbage can, where they belong in the modern world; and I detest censorship.

I'm quite optimistic. I'm also a realist. And I hope, you know, things work out. I don't think that the world will ever know peace. Complete peace in all countries. I think perhaps that's not in our makeup to do this although we can pray for it and work for it. But I think that the building blocks of peace are moving into shape, and I think that the world is going to be a better place.

The U.N. acts as the world's conscience, and over eighty-five percent of the work that is done by the United Nations is in the social, economic, educational and cultural fields.

I've always been bossy.

There are many of us who should be in a position to bring peace to the world.

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First Name
Shirley
Last Name
Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple
Birth Date
1928
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American Movie and Television Actress, Singer, Dancer, Politician, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia