She may be gone, but Shirley Temple Black will not be forgotten.
The adorable little girl who sailed to stardom “On the Good Ship Lollipop” (the song she sang in Bright Eyes) will be celebrated during Love, Shirley Temple, a traveling exhibition in which her most prized belongings will be on display around the country.
The always adorable tot lifted spirits “at a time when the country was in dire straits and in need of something cheerful," filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich raves.
Shirley in 1935. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“President Roosevelt even said she lightened the hearts of many people during the Depression.” And true fans will have a chance to own a piece of that history on June 14, when nearly 500 of Shirley’s items — including many of her costumes — will be auctioned off in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Many of the items “were saved by her mother, Gertrude, and lovingly preserved over the years,” says Stuart Holbrook, president of Theriault’s auction house, which will oversee the sale.
Also on the block: Shirley’s favorite toys — slingshots. “We have two, including one she used in Hyde
Park when she was a guest of FDR and Eleanor for a picnic,” says Holbrook. “When Eleanor leaned over to pick up a plate, Shirley reared back and hit her right in the derriere.”
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