The next time you choose to eschew alcohol, think of how the namesake of the signature teetotaler drink may have really needed one.
Way before Drew Barrymore ever froze at the sight of a snowy television screen, back when her relatives John, Lionel and Ethel commanded Hollywood, Shirley Temple was America’s sweetheart. Per Wikipedia, Shirley Temple Black (born Shirley Jane Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat, who was Hollywood’s number-one box-office draw as a child actress from 1934 to 1938.
If you’re of a certain age, you likely have seen her work. She was an institution and inspiration way before puberty. I even sold a package of her movies, ancient even at the time they were being peddled, to independent television stations early in my career, that earned strong ratings decades later. She showed remarkable range and depth. Think Jenna Ortega with dimples and a safer script. Many couldn’t believe it. As today’s Hollywood Factoid explains:
How ironic that someone who was often subjugated to seeing black ultimately married someone with that name. And later rose to prominence as an adult as an ambassador to Ghana and a war-torn Czechoslovakia. Plenty of blackness there, too.
But she also put lots of Hollywood in the black financially. And effectively set the tone for the industry we love today.
So raise that drink, alcohol-free or not, to a truly special and deserving legend.
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