Cinema: A Dignified Manner

No other little girl had ever grown up quite like Shirley Temple. She was a movie actress at four,* a star at six, and then a dimpled, curly-topped national institution. Between seven and ten, she was the No. 1 box-office draw in the U.S.; at eight, she was the most photographed human being on earth. At nine, while other little girls waited for their permanent teeth to come in, she wore costly false teeth to hide the gaps from the camera. When she was ten, a Dies Committee witness denounced her as a Communist dupe. At 13, she was a has-been...

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