Shirley Temple Injured

Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black took an accidental spill in the bathroom of her home in Woodside, Calif. last week and fractured her right wrist and arm. She said she’s in a cast from her fingers to the elbow.

I had phoned her to discuss a new book I’d just received, “Shirley Temple, A Pictorial History of the World’s Greatest Child Star” (Applause) by Rita Dubas. The coffee-table-sized, 250-page book is an amazing, pictorial history of her childhood and her films — to the age of 12.

Shirley said she had not received a copy — adding that she had not even known about the book. However, she said she knows the author, Dubas as “my number one fan — along with one in Amsterdam.” And while Shirley has (and had) no participation in the book, she told me, “I’m glad she (Dubas) did it.”

The Shirley Temple fans span the ages and generations with the DVD releases of her classics and the Shirley Temple doll collection which continues with other memorabilia collected by the ever-increasing, ageless ranks of fans.

Until her accident, Temple had been writing the second installment of her autobiography. The first was “Child Star,” The current one is, as yet, untitled — or, at least she did not want to reveal the title until it is finished and in the hands of the publisher (to be set).

It starts in Prague in 1968 where she had been our ambassador to the Czech Republic, having previously served in that capacity as well in Ghana, and previously a delegate to the 24th U.N. General Assembly. And earlier, chief of protocol at the White House.

This year, SAG awarded her its Lifetime Achievement award. The bungalow which was her dressing room/school on the 20th Century-Fox lot where she made her historic films, was dedicated as a child care center building in 2002. A life-sized bronze statue (by Nijel Binnis) of Shirley in the classic “Baby Take a Bow” pose was unveiled. It was Shirley’s first starring role — as the age of six. Rupert Murdoch officiated.

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  1. Violet Cohen says:

    I am Shirley Temple’s age and have always been interested in everything she does. I wonder what her children are doing and if they are all married and if she has grandchildren, how many? Does she have great grandchildren yet???? Do all her children live in California??
    Hope to get an answer, please…. violet c.

  2. Scott Denny says:

    Hi I would like to contact Shirley temple,is their an address where I could reach her.Thanks

  3. chris fernandez says:

    I also have a photo of shirley taken by my father in law she is sitting on a canon it was taken in hawaii i do not know the year she is still a very young girl Id like to send a copy to her and also I would love a signed photo how can i go about it I wrote to her in care of the calif post office and her town but have not heard back

  4. GENE DEVITO says:

    I have an original photograph of Shirley Temple taken with David Butler and my Uncle from the motion picture Captain January I’d like to send to her. Is there an email address available to arrange sending of the picture?
    Regards, Gene DeVito,
    (760) 505-0514

  5. Anup Manchalwar says:

    Shirley ma’am, please take care…We hate to see you in troubles.

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