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Shirley Temple Black Collection

Publicity Portrait of Shirley Temple, 1936.

Shirley Temple Black was one of the most successful child actors of her time, and the recipient of a special miniature Academy Award® statuette in recognition of her contributions to screen entertainment in 1934. Known for her singing, dancing, and curly locks as a child, she appeared in more than 50 films before she went into business, politics and diplomacy in her adulthood. Since 1985, the Archive has housed 22 items in the Shirley Temple Black Collection, most of which are 35mm nitrate prints of films in which she starred, from one-reel short subjects, such as "Kid in Hollywood" (1933) and "Glad Rags to Riches" (1933), to the feature-length "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" (1947). Of special note is a single 16mm home movie believed to have been shot by Temple's mother, featuring behind-the-scenes color footage of Temple on the set of “Heidi” in 1937, which the Archive has digitized.

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