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The appeal of Shirley
Temple, child star of such 1930s Hollywood film vehicles as Bright Eyes
, Curly Top
waned rapidly when she reached puberty. She forged a successful second
career as politician and diplomat, married and buried two husbands,
became U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and survived breast
cancer by forty years. But she was lucky to escape Hollywood unscathed. Watch
any YouTube clip—e.g., "The Good
Ship Lollipop." What was going on?
The novelist Graham Greene got the subtext immediately, and in 1938
accused the studio bosses of “procuring Shirley Temple for immoral
purposes” and “middle-aged men and clergymen” of getting off on her
underage sexuality. He was successfully sued for his troubles by 20th
Century Fox, who managed to convince a judge that he was libelling the
actress rather than her minders. But he was right. The middle-aged men
saw it then. We can all see it now.
Shirley Temple’s youthful flirting
Made her popular with perverts.
Now we find it too disturbing
Looking up her miniskirts.
To Graham Greene the films were loathsome
But the judge refused his claim,
Thought they were entirely wholesome.
Now he’d hang his head in shame.
But she escaped from prurient bosses,
Outlived two husbands, even cancer,
Made a career of political causes,
Topping it off as U.S. ambassador.
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