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Shirley Temple’s shocking life as a childhood star exposed

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Shirley Temple tap-danced down a staircase with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the 1935 picture The Little Colonel, winning the hearts of millions. Temple’s real life was everything but pleasant, as the curly-haired, dimple-cheeked kid sang sweetly of life on the good ship Lollipop. She was tormented and tortured both psychologically and sexually from the moment she first debuted on cinema in 1932.

Many people believe Shirley Temple was surrounded by pedophiles, and some have even claimed that her early film appearances in the 1930s were nothing more than pervert bait.

Temple, who is most known for her role in the 1934 smash film “Bright Eyes,” died in 2014 at the age of 85, but not before finally disclosing the heartbreaking truth behind her childhood stardom.

Shirley Temple was three years old when she made her first credited appearance in War Babies in 1932. The film was one of eight in the Baby Burlesks series, which mocked big motion movies, actors, celebrities, and current events. Children imitate adults in these frequently sexually provocative one-reelers. They dress up as adults but wear diapers that are secured with huge safety pins. Temple portrayed Charmaine, a sex prostitute in that specific short.

Shirley Temple Black described the series as “a cynical exploitation of our childish innocence” in her memoirs, and observes that the short films were occasionally racist or sexist.

The shorts were sexually explicit while being primarily featuring children, as they were intended to be a parody of adult content, according to the “New York Times.” However, the justification of “doing it for the art” falls short in this case, as the tiny girl was required to wear attractive costumes and emulate famous cinema stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Dolores Rio.

If any of the two dozen youngsters in Baby Burlesks misbehaved, they were forced to sit on a block of ice in a windowless sound booth called the “punishment box.” Temple was repeatedly put to the box, but she claims, “As far as I can tell, the black box did no lasting damage to my psyche. Its lesson of life, however, was profound and unforgettable. Time is money. Wasted time means wasted money means trouble.”

The young celebrity was also forced to work the day after having her eardrum lanced, and she was forced to dance on a gravely wounded foot on another occasion.

Shirley Temple alleged in her biography “Child Star” that MGM producer Arthur Freed, who was notorious for having a “adventurous casting couch,” unbuttoned his trousers and exposed himself to her during their first meeting in 1940. She was 12. She reacted with uncomfortable laughing, unaware of male anatomy, and he threw her out of his office. Thankfully, she had already signed her MGM contract.

Freed went on to create movies including Annie Get Your Gun (1950) and Singin’ In The Rain (1961). (1953).

Anita Colby was the artistic director for Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick. If she “found him (Selznick) in stockings,” she urged Temple to be cautious.

This gave Temple the notion that “casual sex could be a condition of employment” with Selznick, according to her memoirs Child Star.

She also remembered meeting with comedian George Jessel to talk about a prospective collaboration, which turned out to be a ruse to harm Shirley.

A quick strike to the crotch was her only way out.

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  1. HELEN RASCHEFF

    June 3, 2022 at 1:57 am

    SHIRLEY TEMPLE’S PARENTS WERE THEY PRESENT DURING FILMING? WHO WAS HER “OFFICIAL GUARDIAN” IN HOLLYWOOD? MAYBE THIS [STAR CHILD] DID NOT SPEAK OR REVEALED ABOUT THE CREWS WORKING WITH HER, OR COULD NOT DESCRIBE, REALIZE AND UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCIAL SITUATIONS SHE WAS IN- IT WAS ANOTHER WORLD…
    MEDIA CERTAINLY WAS NOT AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE AS IT IS TODAY.
    HOLLYWOOD’S ADULT WORLD WAS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS -“FREE SEXUAL PRACTICES”- AND OFTEN WAS SUROUNDED BY ACTING, AND DEVIANT PEDOPHILES RESIDING IN THE CITY. MY DAUGHTER WAS ALSO OFTEN IN DEMAND FOR FILM APPEARANCES AT AGE FOUR. NEVER AS A PARENT, DID I ALLOW HER TO WORK WITH TV.CREWS OR PRODUCERS, DESPITE THE GOOD MATERIAL THAT WAS OFFERED AND AVAILABLE UNDER LEGALIZED CONTRACTS IN THE MID SIXTIES.
    SHE HAS THANKED ME FOR THIS DECISION, FOR PROTECTING HER MAINLY. MOST OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS WERE SHOCKED THAT I WOULD NOT ACCEPT OFFERS TO HELP HER IN HER FUTURE ECONOMICAL DAILY LIFE, WHEN SHE WOULD BECOME AN ADULT.VOILA!

  2. AmenRaa

    June 14, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    A comment on the first person’s questions. I was exposed early on to Gay Men and their touching of me at an early age (I am a male). I instinctively knew it was wrong – but did not comprehend it. Children don’t understand The Adult World. They have no “Scales” upon which to weigh it, the harsh and vulgar language, the cruel abuses, the sexual encounters. Therefore they are usually quiet. They tend to accept the authority of adults. I personally think that Hollywood was and still is an extremely dangerous place for children, where Stage Mothers and Fathers are quickly removed from the Production Areas lest they can keep a close eye on their kids and interfere. Their presence is greatly resented. Look at the devastated and destroyed lives of so many that were child stars. Few have survived it, and many of those that have, have deep scars. To cover the pain and confusion they turn to any number of addictions and many times become abusers themselves to themselves and others. After all, what do they know about being around kids – except what they were taught? I refused to put my kids into modeling, even though it was highly recommended. So what if they’re not “Rich and Famous”? They are both very contented with their lives, do well with their chosen careers, and are happily married. They aren’t spending their adult lives on a psychiatrist’s couch spending their Life Savings, confused as to who they are, and angry at Life.

  3. Karen J Puckett

    November 11, 2022 at 8:26 am

    I LIVED NEAR SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK..AS AN CHILD IN THE 1950’S I WOULD SEE HER FROM TIME TO TIME, KNEELING IN A FLOWER BED, I’D SAY ‘HI’ ,A 11YR OLD AND SHE’D SAY ‘HI’ BACK, BUT SHE ALWAYS LOOKED ANGRY….NOT THAT SMILEY DANCING LITTLE GIRL..I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HER….”NOT A HAPPY PERSON”.

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