Shirley Temple was born in 1928 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of three children, she displayed a talent for entertainment, even at that early age. Her mother, Gertrude Temple recognized Shirley's talent and enrolled her in dance classes at three \and a half years old. By the time that she reached four she was cast in a series of low budget films called Baby Burlesks, Shirley's charisma and ability to share the stage with anyone led to her being discovered by Twentieth Century Fox, so, at the ripe old age of five the young actress signed a seven year contract with the studio. The country was still in the depths of the great depression; President Roosevelt referred to the child super star as Little Miss Miracle and credited her with boosting America's morale.Although she was little, in 1935 she was the biggest film star in America. That was the year she released her most beloved films, including Curly Top, Captain January, The littlest Rebel and The Poor Little Rich Girl. In 1935 seven year old Shirley received an honorary Colonel title from the American Legion. The A list tot wore her best military wear for the ceremony. Shirley attended the seventh annual Academy Awards both as a presenter and a recipient. She was honored with the very first Academy Juvenile Award ever presented, for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment in 1934.
By the age of twelve Shirley Temple was a superstar, known as Hollywood's darling; she had already appeared in forty films. Shirley retired from the movie industry at 22 years old. Her last film, "A Kiss for Coliss" came out in 1949. In 1967 Shirley Temple entered the California Congressional Race and it was a loss, however she did not let that loss slow her down.
She campaigned for Richard Nixon and in 1969 she began her new career as an international diplomat, she was appointed United States representative to the United Nations. In 1974 she became the first female chief of protocol in charge of the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and in 1988 Shirley became the first person, ever, to receive the title of Foreign Service Officer for her time working as a diplomat.Shirley lived a truly full, meaningful life; bringing joy to millions. This outstanding Shirley Temple collection is unique. It includes three real to life Danbury Mint exclusive fine porcelain dolls, plus a First Edition, Shirley Temple Song Album, published in 1936, which includes the lyrics and music to many of Shirley's timeless classics. The dolls themselves, heads arms and legs are made of fine porcelain bisque and their bodies are made of cloth.
These dolls are dressed in masterful recreations of the outfits that Shirley wore in her classic movies. There has been meticulous attention to detail in the rendering of their features which were done by the prestigious master artist Elke Hutchens.
Each doll is signed by the artist on their backs. The song book is signed by Shirley, herself twice on the rear wrap. The original owner's name is on the front wrap. There is tearing along both ends of the spine, otherwise the thirty-two page book has a couple of loose pages but all are bright and unmarked. If you need more pictures or information please let me know.
Dolls are part of a large group of Doll House Miniatures vintage and quality reproduction dolls and accessories gathered by an experienced collector over many decades. Much more from this quality estate will be coming soon, so stay tuned.This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls, Clothing & Accessories\Dolls & Doll Playsets". The seller is "video_general" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.