I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching the Shirley Temple movies. My all time favorite was The Littlest Rebel. I cry every time when Shirley’s mom dies and I have a huge crush on John Boles who plays Shirley’s dad.
Monday, this childhood actrice died at the age of 85. I find it sad that many people’s response is, “I didn’t know she was still alive.”
I suppose the shock is that most childhood stars peel over at a young age. They have nothing to show for their life later besides an American sweetheart turned wild and overdosed. (Judy Garland, Marily Monroe, Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger)
How about our latest childhood star gone wild — Miley Cyrus? Once a positive role model is now a dreadful example.
I loved Shirley Temple as a child but all the more so today as I learn she lived a life well beyond stardom and destruction.
Here are just a few things:
- President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
- She resigned after developing the International Film Festival when they decided to show a Swedish film she considered it “pornography for profit”
- United States delegate to United Nations General Assembly, appointed by President Nixon
- United States Ambassador to Ghana
- President Ford’s chief of protocol
- President George H. W. Bush’s ambassador to Czechoslovakia
Miley may be admired by girls for her success and beauty , but wouldn’t you rather look to a role model who is successful and respectable?
"Don't say, 'That's the way I am—its my character.' It's your lack of character. . .'"
~ St. Josemaria Escriva ~
Rest in peace!