The USPS dedicated a Forever Stamp honouring a distinguished diplomat and World’s Most Famous legendary Child Film Star Shirley Temple. The ceremony was held at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The stamp is the 20th in the Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood stamp series, which includes Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman.
Temple fans are asked to share this news using the hashtag #ShirleyTempleStamp.
“The Postal Service is proud to honour Shirley Temple, an American treasure and Hollywood legend,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan, who dedicated the stamp.
“This stamp serves as a lasting tribute to her legacy as a world renowned actress and for her distinguished career in public service and international affairs.”
The stamp art is a painting by artist Tim O’Brien; it is based on a 1935 image from “Curly Top,” one of the child star’s iconic movie roles.
The stamp has the words “Shirley Temple” along the top, with “Forever” and “USA” on the bottom. The selvage features a publicity photo from the 1933 short film “Managed Money.”
The Shirley Temple artwork is based on photos from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. The pane’s selvage and verso include biographical text about her acting and diplomatic careers. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp and pane.
About Child Film Star Shirley Temple
Child Film Star Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, CA. She began dance lessons when she was just three years old, and that early start paid off when she was cast in “BabyBurlesks,” a series of one-reel film shorts that parodied actual movies, with small children cast in the roles usually played by adults.
At age 5, she signed a contract with Fox Film Corp. Her brief appearance in the feature film “Stand Up andCheer,” released in 1934, started her on the road to stardom. Singing “Baby Take a Bow,” the diminutive actress stole the show.
Seven more full-length movies followed in 1934, among them “Little Miss Marker,”which featured her first starring role, and “Bright Eyes,” which included what became one of her signature songs, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”
That same year, a toy company produced and sold the Shirley Temple doll, which remains one of the most collectible dolls ever made. Coloring books, paper dolls, dresses, and recordings of songs from her movie roles were just a few of the other products inspired by America’s favorite star.
Shirley Temple tap-danced with some of the film greats, including Buddy Ebsen and Jack Haley, but her most famous — and possibly favorite — dance partner was Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, with whom she starred in four movies. She called him “Uncle Billy,” and he called her “Darlin’,” and they remained friends for the rest of his life.
Girls grow up, even movie stars, and by age 12, Shirley Temple’s film career had reached its peak. Fans who had worshipped the adorable little girl did not embrace the adolescent actress.
Her parents decided that she should go to school rather than be tutored at the studio, and she made movies during her summer vacations.
Although she was still cast in good roles, such as her part in “Since You Went Away” (1944), performances did not capture a new audience. She retired from movies at age 21.
During her years in Hollywood, Black had involved herself in public service, and that commitment never wavered. During the 1960s, she served as president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising funds and awareness.
This was a very personal cause for her because her brother George suffered from the debilitating disease. In 1961, she co-founded the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies. It was also during the 1960s that she became active in politics.
President Richard Nixon appointed her a delegate to the United Nations in 1969, the beginning of her distinguished career in diplomacy.
Black’s career as a diplomat was eventful, but her earlier career as a movie star was not forgotten. In 1998, she was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and a year later the American Film Institute included her as one of the 50 greatest screen legends. The Screen Actors Guild presented her with their Life Achievement Award in 2006.
Shirley Temple Black died on Feb. 10, 2014. She had been a diplomat longer than she had been an actress, and her contributions were great in both of those careers. She brought joy to moviegoers at a dark time in American history and earned the respect and admiration of the American people for her role in diplomacy.
Title: Stamp honouring legendary Child Film Star Shirley Temple
Date of Issue: 18 April 2016
Source: USPS Stamps
The image of Shirley Temple is licensed by Shirley’s World, L.P., Woodside, Calif. Shirley Temple artwork based on photos © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.