Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001)





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Between 1934 and 1940, Shirley Temple was the biggest little star in Hollywood; the curly-headed tyke began doing song-and-dance numbers in one-reel comedies at the age of four, at six years she stole the show in the musical Stand Up and Cheer, and at ten she was the number one box-office attraction in America, and had even taken home a special Oscar. Based on Temple's 1988 autobiography, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story stars Ashley Rose Orr as the pint-size superstar in a story that concentrates on the sunny side of her rise to fame and soft-peddles allegations that her parents (here played by Connie Britton and Colin Friels) mismanaged the fortune she earned during her years as a pre-teen celebrity. Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story was produced by the mother-and-daughter team of Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart; the Harts have their own perspective on life as a youthful celebrity, thanks to Melissa's career as the star of the TV series Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, while Paula's younger daughter (and Melissa's younger sister) Emily Anne Hart appears in the film as the teenaged Shirley Temple.
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Walt Disney Television


Ashley Rose Orr
as Shirley Temple
Connie Britton
as Gertrude
Colin Friels
as George
Emily Hart
as Teenage Shirley
Steven Vidler
as Zanuck
William Gluth
as Lionel Barrymore
Hinton Battle
as Bill `Bojangles' Robinson
Jerome Ehlers
as John Ford
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The story of the sweet child star! Even though the little actor playing the roll of Shirley didn't look like her, she sang, danced and did personify her and did a good job. Some of the other acting in this movie left a lot to be desired. It was interesting but just an ok movie.

Robin P.
Robin P.

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