R.I.P. Shirley Temple: America’s Greatest Child Star Has Passed Away at 85

Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple (1928 – 2014)

This certainly wasn’t what I was planning on writing about this morning.  I have no personal connection to Shirley Temple or her work.  It’s heyday had passed long before I was a child, but her legacy as one of the first movie stars and America’s first real child movie star is a part of Hollywood lore.  Temple’s career was essentially over by the time she was a teenager, but she went on to live a long and productive life that included diplomatic service as the United States Ambassador to Ghana, the Czech Republic and the United Nations under her married name: Shirley Temple-Black.  The former child star died at 85, surrounded by friends and family.  The ABC News obituary from their website is below

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My Favorite Scene: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) “Gust’s Tirade”

Heading into weeks now after the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and it’s just still surreal that he’s no longer with us.  Such a classic, larger-than-life presence on the screen; a true movie star whose career was so full and yet so far from finished.  Hoffman turned in a number of performances that were astonishing, but my favorite role of his was that of Gust Avrakatos in Charlie Wilson’s War. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) “Gust’s Tirade”