Books: Iron Whim CHILD STAR: by Shirley Temple Black SHIRLEY TEMPLE: AMERICAN PRINCESS by Anne Edwards Morrow

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Shirley Temple is exactly the same age as Mickey Mouse. At 60 he is wealthier, but she has the more interesting tale. The little lodestar of Depression musicals grew up to become a grandmother, Republican spokeswoman, U.S. Ambassador and U.N. delegate. The journey is so convoluted it takes two volumes to chart: a biography, and a chronicle by the subject herself.

This double coverage results in a few collisions. In her spirited account, Child Star, the actress recalls some work with Bill ("Bojangles") Robinson in The Little Colonel: "We were the first interracial dancing couple in movie history." She was six;...

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