December is holiday season and we’re bringing another Christmas quote to you from famous child actress Shirley Temple. Temple is an American film and television actress, singer and dancer who began her career in 1932 at the age of three. In April 1934, ‘Stand Up and Cheer!’ became Temple’s breakthrough film. She would appear in several films for Fox Films Corporation and later with Twentieth Century Fox after the successful merger of Fox Films and Twentieth Century Pictures. Temple’s films were produced during the great depression and many of the themes of her films included optimism, hope and generosity which helped to liven up the spirits of the American public. A succession of films followed: ‘The Little Colonel’ , ‘Our Little Girl’, ‘Curly Top’ (with the signature song ‘Animal Crackers in My Soup’), and ‘The Littlest Rebel’ in 1935.Temple was very successful at licensing merchandise with her likeness for products such as dolls, sheet music, mirrors, girls dresses and other accessories. Before 1935 ended, Temple’s income from licensed merchandise royalties would exceed $100,000, doubling her income from her movies. As Temple grew older and matured as an actress, she became typecast by Hollywood and had a hard time adapting to different roles where she could no longer rely on her childish good looks and smile to win film roles. In 1950, she officially retired from film acting but would return to host a television anthology series and would make sporadic guest appearances on sitcoms. In her later years, Temple turned to politics and became a member of the Republican party where she was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in the 1970s and was later appointed United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia in the 1990s by former president George H. W. Bush. It didn’t take long for Shirley Temple to understand that she was famous at such an early age. In this month’s quote, Shirley Temple describes why she no longer believes in Santa Claus…

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph”. - Shirley Temple

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