Child Star : An Autobiography

by Shirley Temple

Hardcover, 1988




New York : McGraw-Hill, c1988.


Shirley Temple Black, child star of the 1930s and 1940s, tells the story of her life as an actress.

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LibraryThing member EowynA
An autobiography from one of the premier child stars of the motion picture industry. She has a remarkable memory, clearly augmented by written sources most people don't have of their own childhoods. But more than merely facts, she conjures up the feelings and reactions of herself as a child to some pretty famous people. She wasn't perfect, and her natural joy, verve, and ebullient personality was clearly an asset most of the time, but she is honest about its pitfalls, as well. She draws interesting portraits of the famous people of her youth, such as the studio heads, actors and actresses she co-starred with, and even political figures.

As an author, she has an engaging turn of phrase, and the occasional indelicate reference, such as to a producer and his (incorrect) assumptions, is presented so diplomatically that I had to read it twice to be sure I really understood.

She refers to places that are right around the corner from where I currently live, such as her early years at Fox studios, and the area of Fox Hills, where some of her movies were filmed. The character of those sites has changed, but the setting still feels familiar.

I found the book to be interesting, detailed, and worth reading.
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LibraryThing member HarperKingsley
I read this a few years back and found it to be an incredibly fascinating look into the life of Shirley Temple. It showed me some of the realities of life in movies during the early years of Hollywood and how child actors and actresses were treated.

Also, from the time I was a little girl, I loved watched the Shirley Temple movies. So it was kind of nice to grow up and see how her life really was and why she stepped away from the big screen. From cute little Shirley Temple, to super admirable Shirley Temple-Black. This was one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read, and I liked the honesty of her "voice."… (more)




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