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11 February 2014 @ 10:15 pm
And Dream Away, On The Good Ship.  
People have got to stop passing away. It's only going to get worse as I get older, isn't it?

Shirley Temple passed away yesterday. I watched most all of her movies when I was a kid. Watching her was the first time I ever sat up and went, "I want to act!" I, obviously, did not become an actress but it was the start of me thinking how I wanted to entertain people for a living, to make them smile the way Shirley Temple did. I still have my VHS of The Little Princess. I loved the movie version of Heidi and The Little Colonel and the one she did at 19 with Cary Grant (who I was madly in love with at the age of 10), The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. (At 10, I was insistent that everyone's objection to the age difference in that movie was 'stupid'. Of course, I was ten and I wanted to marry Cary Grant, so...) I was so taken with all of her movies when I was a kid, that I continued to follow what she was doing with herself for years after that. Watching her work for the U.N. and as a US ambassador was my beginnings of thinking about the world outside of my own little town. She did so much for the world, for the 85 years of her life, practically non-stop, and I wish her a good rest now.

Also, I made a thing to go up on Tumblr, so I thought I'd share it here as well.

Shirley Temple Black RIP - dodger_sister

'When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I've been getting younger ever since.' - Shirley Temple Black


Sleep well, sweet lady.
 
 
 
Shirebound: heart red - Primula Bagginsshirebound on February 12th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
What a loving tribute to a wonderful woman.
dodger_sister: audrey hepburndodger_sister on February 19th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
What a loving tribute to a wonderful woman.

Thank you! Shirley Temple really was a fierce lady with a golden smile!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on February 13th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I am so there with you on people dying lately. Too many.
dodger_sister: griefdodger_sister on February 19th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I am so there with you on people dying lately. Too many.

I feel like everyday it's somebody new - Shirley Temple, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Henson, Ralph Waite, Pete Seeger, Sid Caesar - all lost within the last month.

The older we get, the more it's going to be icons of our own era. It's no good at all. :(

(of course, this comment from you now has more context than when I originally got it and dude, yes, you really need a break from the grieving and the losing people that has slammed into your life. This month can not end for you soon enough. /hugs/)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on February 20th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Just a little more context, yes. :) I didn't mention all of that here because hey, you had enough going on already with your grandfather. Speaking of, how's grandma doing? Now that you're more on the mend, will you get out to see her again soon?
dodger_sister: griefdodger_sister on February 20th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Just a little more context, yes. :) I didn't mention all of that here because hey, you had enough going on already with your grandfather. Speaking of, how's grandma doing? Now that you're more on the mend, will you get out to see her again soon?

You can always mention your shit here, babe. <3

Grandma seems to be doing well, all things considered. She refused to come to The Niece's birthday party though because she said she just randomly starts crying and she didn't want to ruin the party. But we were like, "Everyone at the party would understand and you can just excuse yourself to the bathroom or whatever," but she wouldn't come. I was thinking maybe I'd go out this weekend to see her, but if not this weekend, def next weekend. Now that my doctor's appointments are winding down and I am not using every bit of energy running from test to test, I would love to see her. And I don't think I've been to The Farm in over two years, because we always did our visiting at Grandpa's nursing home. So it'll be a great comfort to see the place of my heart again.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on February 20th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe!

It's too bad she didn't come, but yeah, I can totally get that channel about not wanting to bring other people down. A visit for you guys next weekend would be awesome, and I hope you can get out there. :)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on February 16th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC)
Shirley Temple was my gateway into musicals. I remember many Saturday late mornings watching her movies and she was the reason I took tap lessons. (Stage fright nipped that in the bud, though. I hated recitals.) Like you, I loved her in the Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer and I was sorry not to see her in more films. But she had a great life and had an impressive career as a diplomat. Bless her.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on February 19th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Shirley Temple was my gateway into musicals.

Oh yes, me too!

I remember many Saturday late mornings watching her movies and she was the reason I took tap lessons.

Shirley was one of my first introductions to ever even seeing tap dancing. Her and Ben Vereen, I watched both of them at an early age and was fascinated by their foot-work.

She really was the perfect example of a life well lived, wasn't she?