Shirley Temple received word from 20th Century Fox Entertainment that they were recalling all — about 730,000 — DVDs of her classic films, including “Curly Top,” “The Little Colonel” and “Heidi.” The DVDs were packaged with a gift addition of charm bracelets and the studio and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed that the items contained high levels of lead.
Shirley told me she received word about the recall — and the reason — from Fox Entertainment’s Steve Feldstein. She commented that she has no input on the DVD packaging of her hits. “I don’t own them,” she said. “I made an arrangement with them (20th Century) years ago.”
Despite her non-ownership, Shirley assured me, “It worked out very well. Financially, I am taken care of, but I have no control of it. Everything’s O.K.” Feldstein visited her at her home in to talk about the DVDS. Also, Shirley has a financial arrangement with the Danbury Mint for “various products,” She says they include the Shirley Temple doll collection, music boxes, “and various products approved by me.”
Recently, she has completed writing her third biography. But she says she doesn’t consider the first, “My Young Life” a true autobiography. The second book, “Child Star,” was a hit. She’s withholding the title of the third until publication is set.