Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Your old Toobworld Caretaker has just learned that Shirley Temple Black has passed away at the age of 85.

Of course, everyone will remember her for the movies she made when she was a curly-topped moppet, making her the leading box office champion in the 1930s for a time.  And unlike far too many young actors today, she gracefully made the transition to ingenue status with roles in John Wayne westerns and Cary Grant romantic comedies.

But for Toobworld, she'll be remembered best remembered as the serlinguistic host of 'Shirley Temple Storybook' (also known as 'Shirley Temple Theater') in which she also played the leading roles in some of the adaptations from this anthology series.   

Among them were:

"The Little Mermaid"

Phoebe of "The House Of The Seven Gables"

and my personal favorite: 

Princess Ozma aka Tip in "The Land Of Oz"

With her death, I think a lot of people in this country might be feeling a different sense of loss than when other celebrities die.  At least I do.  It's like a little piece of the American Spirit is gone as well.

Good night and may God bless......

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