Shirley Temple, at age six the biggest movie star in the world, turns 85 today. Here are three of my favorite moments from her movies.
In “Poor Little Rich Girl,” she danced with Alice Faye and Jack Haley (“Wizard of Oz’s” tin man).
In “The Little Colonel,” she learned the stair step from the greatest of the era, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. This scene is featured in my new book.
And here she dances with future “Beverly Hillbillies” star Buddy Ebsen in “Captain January.” (Trivia note — he was originally cast as the Tin Man in “Wizard of Oz” but a reaction to the aluminum paint used on his skin sent him to the hospital.)