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Child Star

Black, Shirley Temple

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ISBN 10: 0446357928 / ISBN 13: 9780446357920
Published by Grand Central Publishing, 1989
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Title: Child Star

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

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Shirley Temple. She was a curly-topped moppet with a saucy grin that lit up the screen and an irrepressible spirit that won America's heart. But what was life really like for this extraordinary child growing up on the back lots and sound stages of Hollywood? This BOMC alternate reveals the ups and downs of stardom at age four and tells the funny, poignant, heartwarming chronicle of Shirley's journey to the pinnacle of stardom. A New York Times bestseller. HC: McGraw Hill. (Nonfiction)

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In this candid, poised, resilient autobiography, Shirley Temple Black tells what it was like to be a child star adored by millions during the Depression '30s and the 1940s. Fox's cleverly worded movie contracts, poorly understood by her father, held a financial truncheon over her curly head. Studio bigwigs who molded her image demanded that her 14-year-old bust be bound flat. She had to submit weekly urine samples to satisfy Lloyd's of London, underwriters of her pricey insurance policies. Her fretful parents feared she would be kidnapped. Life was a "daily joyous contagion of filmmaking," from which she partially rebelled by marrying, at age 17, Jack Agar, a hard-drinking army man. Divorced and on the rebound, she fell for a pineapple company employee, Charlie Black, to whom she has been married ever since. She ends this Hollywood memoir in 1954 with the birth of their second daughter, thus omitting her recent career as a diplomat and stateswoman. It's a funny, poignant look at the price of fame, studded with sparkling on- and off-the-set anecdotes. First serial to the National Enquirer; Movie/Entertainment Book Club selection.
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