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The Junior Miss Radio Program with Shirley Temple

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Sally Benson authored the Junior Miss series of stories as well as 'Meet Me In St. Louis'
Sally Benson authored the Junior Miss series of stories as well as 'Meet Me In St. Louis'

Sally Benson's 1941 collection of Junior Miss Stories
Sally Benson's 1941 collection of Junior Miss Stories

1943 Playbill for the Majestic Theatre's production of 'Junior Miss'
1943 Playbill for the Majestic Theatre's production of 'Junior Miss'

Volume 1, Number 1 of Marvel's 'Junior Miss' comics
Volume 1, Number 1 of Marvel's 'Junior Miss' comics

The 1945 20th Century Fox film, 'Junior Miss' was also adapted from Sally Benson's characters.
The 1945 20th Century Fox film, 'Junior Miss' was also adapted from Sally Benson's characters.

Shirley Temple at CBS mike.
Shirley Temple at CBS mike.

Junior Miss spot ad from March 28th 1942 Movie Radio Guide
Junior Miss spot ad from March 28th 1942 Movie Radio Guide

Procter & Gamble promoted their Ivory Soap and Ivory Snow over the 1942 CBS run of Junior Miss
Procter & Gamble promoted their Ivory Soap and Ivory Snow over the 1942 CBS run of Junior Miss

Procter & Gamble also promoted Dreft over Junior Miss
Procter & Gamble also promoted Dreft over Junior Miss

An apocryphal tale says that Welch's 1949 mint confection 'Junior Mints' was inspired as a pun on the cultural popularity of Junior Miss over various media.
An apocryphal tale says that Welch's 1949 mint confection 'Junior Mints' was inspired as a pun on the cultural popularity of Junior Miss over various media.

1869 Procter & Gamble 'Family Lard' ad shows their 'man-in-the-moon and stars' trademark already in use.
1869 Procter & Gamble 'Family Lard' ad shows their 'man-in-the-moon and stars' trademark already in use.

The June 1942 issue of Radio Mirror provided an in-depth puff piece on Shirley Temple's new life as a 'Junior Miss' in her own right.
The June 1942 issue of Radio Mirror provided an in-depth puff piece on Shirley Temple's new life as a 'Junior Miss' in her own right.


From the December 1st 1941 issue of Time Magazine's 'The Theater: New Play in Manhattan' feature:

"Junior Miss (adapted from Sally Benson's stories by Jerome Chodorov & Joseph Fields; produced by Max Gordon). Last season Adapters Chodorov & Fields turned Ruth McKenney's My Sister Eileen stories into a gay comedy about youth which is still running on Broadway. Last week they had turned Sally Benson's Junior Miss stories into a gay comedy about adolescence which should still be on Broadway a year from now. For its characters are kids at once harum-scarum and "nice," and it mirrors the kind of middle-class family life which huge audiences chuckle at."

At the center of this domestic slice of middle-class, 1940s life was Judy Graves, described as a pudgy, bright-eyed, passionate 13-yr-old. The literary brilliance of Sally Benson exploded nationwide in the Spring of 1941 with her Doubleday collection of 'Junior Miss' stories originally published in The New Yorker magazine over the previous twelve years. She'd begun her journalistic career in the mid-1920s writing interviews and film reviews for the New York Morning Telegraph. But it was her ninety-nine Junior Miss stories in The New Yorker that captured the interest of an increasingly wider audience.

Within a year of the publication of Sally Benson's collection of Junior Miss stories, they were being adapted into what would become a wildly successful Broadway play of the same name. By a year later, in 1942, Benson's Junior Miss would find her way to Radio for a full season, embodied by no less than 14-yr-old Shirley Temple herself. 1944 found Marvel Comics publishing its first Junior Miss comic book. By 1945, Sally Benson's Junior Miss franchise was expanded to Film in a 20th Century Fox production of the same name.

Following the success of the Junior Miss film, and buttressed by the Marvel Comics Junior Miss series, the "fan-chise" yet again found its way to Radio, this time portrayed by Barbara Whiting, who'd appeared as Judy Graves' quixotic pal, Fuffy Adams, in the 1945 feature film. That radio series ran from 1948 to 1954.

Procter & Gamble: a giant in Radio sponsorship

Procter and Gamble - Progress Through Constantly Trying to Please

Procter and Gamble (P&G) was one of radio's most prolific sponsors from the earliest days of radio:

1930 Emily Post [Camay]
1931 Sisters of the Skillet [Crisco]
1932 Stoopnagle and Bud [Ivory]
1932 The Ivory Program [Ivory]
1932 The Mills Brothers [Crisco and Chipso]
1933 Ma Perkins [Oxydol]
1934 Dreams Come True [Camay]
1934 Ivory Stamp Club [Ivory]
1934 The Story of Mary Marlin [Ivory]
1934 Vic and Sade [Crisco]
1935 Pat Barnes in Person
1935 The O’Neills [Ivory]
1936 Barry Wood [Drene]
1936 Five–Star Jones [Oxydol]
1936 Pepper Young’s Family [Camay]
1936 The Ivory Reporter [Ivory]
1936 The Jerry Cooper Show [Drene]
1937 Kitty Keene, Inc. [Dreft]
1937 Road of Life
1937 The Goldbergs [Oxydol]
1937 The Guiding Light [White Naptha]
1938 Central City [Oxydol]
1938 Life Can Be Beautiful [Ivory]
1938 This Day is Ours [Crisco]
1939 Against the Storm [Ivory]
1939 Midstream [Teel]
1939 Professor Quiz [Teel]
1939 The Man I Married [Oxydol]
1939 The Right to Happiness
1939 The Trouble with Marriage
1939 What’s My Name? [Oxydol]
1940 Everyman’s Theater [Oxydol]
1940 Knickerbocker Playhouse [Drene]
1940 Lone Journey [Dreft]
1940 Those We Love [Teel]
1940 Truth or Consequences [Ivory]
1941 The Woman in White [Oxydol, Camay]  
1942 Abie’s Irish Rose [Drene]
1942 Hap Hazard
1942 Junior Miss
1942 Snow Village Sketches
1942 Young Dr. Malone
1943 A Woman of America [Ivory]
1943 Brave Tomorrow [Ivory]
1943 Dreft Star Playhouse [Dreft]
1943 I Love a Mystery [Ivory]
1943 Perry Mason [Camay]
1944 Glamour Manor [Ivory]
1944 Let’s Listen To Spencer [Ivory]
1944 Rosemary
1945 Joyce Jordan, M.D. [Dreft]
1945 Life of Riley [Teel]
1945 Meet Margaret MacDonald
1945 Mommie and the Men
1945 Teel Variety Hall [Teel]
1946 Lanny Ross
1946 Mystery of the Week [Ivory]
1946 The Bickersons (as Drene Time) [Drene]
1947 Life of Riley [Dreft, Prell]
1947 Welcome Travelers
1948 Gang Busters [Tide]
1948 The Brighter Day [Dreft]
1948 What Makes You Tick? [Ivory]
1949 Bob Burns [Dreft]
1949 Lorenzo Jones
1949 Red Ryder [Tide]
1950 The David Rose Show [Tide]
1951 Jack Smith [Oxydol]
1951 The Sheriff
1952 Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons

A quick scan of the above list will amply demonstrate why serial melodramas of the era were referred to as 'soap operas.' Procter & Gamble was a steadfast sponsor of 'soaps' throughout Radio's Golden Age.

British candlemaker William Procter and Irish soapmaker James Gamble had emigrated to the United States during the early 1800s, eventually settling in Cinncinati, Ohio. Sisters Olivia and Elizabeth Norris brought the unlikely pair together through marriage.

The girls' father, Alexander Norris, subequently persuaded his pair of new sons-in-law to become business partners, and on Halloween 1837 they formed Procter & Gamble.

By the mid-1850s their sales had grown to $1 million and they were employing approximately eighty workers. Seizing on the outbreak of The Civil War, Procter & Gamble won contracts to supply the Union Army with both soap and candles.

During the 1880s, P&G began marketing inexpensive floating soap bars--the Ivory Soap we know today.

Thereafter followed a period of rapid expansion, extending their factories well outside of Cinncinati, and diversifying into products such as Crisco, the now ubiquitous shortening made of vegetable oils as opposed to animal fats. The advent of Radio brought them even greater opportunities to expand the reach of both Ivory and Crisco, and their several sponsored serial melodramas soon became identified as "soap operas" in the popular vernacular of the day.

Tide laundry detergent emerged in 1946, Prell shampoo in 1947, Crest toothpaste in 1955, Charmin paper towels in 1957, Downey laundry softener in 1960, and Bounce dryer softener sheets in 1972. Their innovative Pampers synthetic diaper line was first test-marketed in 1961. Continued diversification throughout the remainder of the 20th century found P&G acquiring Folgers Coffee, Pepto-Bismol, Noxzema, Old Spice, Max Factor, and Iams, among many others.

Given its product offerings throughout the 20th Century, it becomes obvious that P&G's principal demographic continued to be domestic wives and mothers, 25-54 years of age. With P&G's dominant position in its sector, it's understandable that P&G became increasingly sensitive to cultural pressures. 1981 proved that even an industrial giant like P&G was not immune to innuendo and whispering campaigns emanating from its consumer base and competitors. Case in point, P&G's iconic corporate trademark, a 'man in the moon' surrounded by thirteen stars symbolizing the original thirteen colonies, came under fire during the early 1980s:

Procter and Gamble's most recent trademark prior to its withdrawal in 1985
Procter and Gamble's most recent trademark prior to its withdrawal in 1985

Rumors had spread that the P&G man-in-the-moon and stars trademark was a satanic symbol, the charge based upon a passage in the Bible--Revelation 12:1--which states:

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars."

"Some" claimed that the trademark was a "mockery" of the above quoted verse, ergo the 116-year-old, iconic trademark "must be satanic." The ending curls of its flowing beard were said to be a mirror image of the number "666"--the reflected number of the mark of the beast. And last but not least, where the flowing hair at the top and bottom meet the surrounding ring of the 'moon', were said to be "the two horns of the ram."

So sensitive was the giant international conglomerate to such a concerted--albeit spurious and ridiculous--attack, that it ultimately dropped its iconic trademark of over one hundred and sixteen years in 1985, and at a cost of millions of dollars in rebranding and repackaging. But as must be obvious from the 1869 Procter & Gamble newspaper advertisement in the sidebar (left), a rendition of P&G's man in the moon had graced their products as early as the post-Civil War years--without objection from either The North or The South during America's most divisive and tumultuous years.

Procter & Gamble and CBS bring a 'Junior Miss' to radio

CBS had brought internationally beloved child star Shirley Temple to radio during the Christmas season of 1941. That program, Shirley Temple Time, was a four-week series of Christmas dramas and comedies starring Shirley Temple and co-starring four iconic Film stars of the era, one per week: Warner Baxter, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, and Humphrey Bogart.

Shirley Temple, by then in her early teens, was making an attempt to relaunch her career in the midst of continuing private tutoring and finishing schools. No longer the curly-haired little kewpie doll of her former Film fame, Temple was attempting to recast herself as a viable teen star of the era. During the intervening years several other young actresses had begun to capture the hearts of American audiences. Thus, Shirley Temple Time, Temple's first lead-vehicle over Radio became Miss Temple's first volley in her attempt to regain her previous fame. Another CBS production, Shirley Temple Time had been sponsored by Elgin Watches, and was widely and aggressively promoted throughout the Christmas season of 1941.

CBS apparently thought enough of Miss Temple's performances over Shirley Temple Time that it began considering an even more ambitious radio vehicle for young Miss Temple. The recent success of Sally Benson's collection of Junior Miss stories, coupled with the recent success of the new Broadway adaptation of Junior Miss, encouraged CBS to bring Junior Miss to Radio, with Shirley Temple in the lead role of Judy Graves. Needless to say, Procter & Gamble also felt that Shirley Temple and Junior Miss were a promising combination--to the tune of a reported $12,000 per episode.

From the June 1942 issue of Radio and Television Mirror, a publicist's jackpot promoting Shirley Temple as a Junior Miss in her own right:

ON HER last year's birthday, Shirley Temple had something happen to her that would have delighted the heart of any young person the world has ever seen.  Shirley hadn't known it, and the millions of people who loved her when they saw her on the screen hadn't known it, but for years her motion-picture bosses, for publicity purposes, had decreed that she be kept a year younger than her actual age.  And that's why, when Shirley's mother kissed her that birthday morning, she said:

     "I have something to tell you, dear.  You're not twelve today, as you thought.  You're really thirteen."
     Thirteen. A teener! All at once, she was not one, but two, full years older than she had been when she went to bed the night before.
     It was an Event.
     It was more than that.  It was a formal declaration that a veteran actress had ceased being a child and had entered the ranks of the "junior misses."  Nothing could have been more litting than the fact that a few months later Miss Temple became the star of a radio series called simply, Junior Miss.
     Today Shirley is almost fourteen (bona lide count this time), weighs 101 pounds, stands five feet and one inch tall, has permitted her hair to return to its natural dark brown color, and has retained the fascinating dimple that flashes with devastating charm from the corner of her mouth. A young lady, she is, and a lovely one.
     You can see, too, what sort of a woman she is going to become.  She will be intelligent, with a sense of  humor.  She will always be doing several things simultaneously and well-thinking, creating, and awing male admirers with her beauty and her brains.  Men adore her.  Director Ed Marin, who is putting her through her paces for her next picture, "Miss Annie Rooney," grows eloquent in his praise of her.
     Shirley took to the air with all the aplomb of an expert.  Before Junior Miss had its first broadcast, her microphone experiences had been limited to a few "one-shots," mostly for charity, and four consecutive weekly shows for Elgin Watches.  But she sailed through an opening-night ordeal on Junior Miss that would have given most radio stars complete nervous prostration.
     Listening in to that first program, you didn't know that pandemonium was on the loose in the studio.  Four hours before it went on the air, writers were hired and fired, the outgoing
director-producer said "Howdy" to the incoming producer-director--and Shirley entered the studio to meet a completely new cast.  And all this with only four hours to go.
     Shirley didn't flinch.  She didn't ask why or what.  Her quiet composure calmed everyone's nerves.  Spurred on by her example of how to be a trooper, the new cast and the new director pitched in and turned out an on-the·air performance that was smooth and blessedly free of jittery "fluffs."
     Afterwards, tired and very hungry, Shirley sat for half an hour while photographers pointed their cameras at her and shot off flash-bulbs.  Finally she said. smiling, "You'd think I was only going to be here this once.  Do you boys really have to do all your work this one night?  I'll be back here, you know."
     They let her go then.
THE Temple family still lives in the Brentwood home that housed the thousands of dolls and gifts showered upon baby Shirley.  But the playhouse rooms have given way now to Shirley's own two-room suite, consisting of sitting room and bedroom.
     The Sitting room where Shirley spends her spare time over her home lessons, reading her books or listening to her new Capehart radio-phonograph is a dream with its wood-rose rug and its soft bicge couches, piped in the same deep wood- rose as the rug. that stand on either side of the fireplace.
     Royal blue and white is the color scheme of the bedroom.  The royal blue satin valances over the window match the royal blue of the chairs.
     Shirley is, if you please, a member of the Book of the Month Club and reads its selections carefully.  Her favorites are "Oliver Wiswell" and "Keys of the Kingdom."  "The Soong Sisters," "David Copperfield," "The Crisis," and "Darkness at Noon" have all been read and loved by Shirley.
     Literature occasionally throws her, however.  One day Mrs. Temple noticed her daughter going from chair to chair and room to room carrying with her a huge volume of "The Last Days of Pompeii" as if in restless pursuit.
     "They tell me this is good if you once get into it," she moaned, "but I'm having a bad time getting there."
     From her brother Jack she learned the beauty of symphonic music and will sit alone for hours in her sitting room listening to the work of the masters.
     When Shirley left Twentieth Century-Fox and private school teachers, she enrolled at Westlake School for Girls as a day pupil.  She is now in A-9 and this June will pass to B-lO. Her favorite subjects are French and drawing.  Her talents as an amateur artist are truly remarkable, but not good enough, Shirley thinks, to be shown publicly.  English, ancient history, and algebra, at which she is only "pretty good," are her other studies.
     Her grades are usually a division of A's, B's and a C.  Mrs. Temple doesn't insist that Shirley be a slave to studies and is happy if she brings home a B average.
     The day I visited Shirley on the set of "Miss Annie Rooney," the picture she is making for Edward Small, she was deep in a French test given by the teacher sent out by the Board of Education.  For two hours the director, cast, and crew had sat about while Shirley and one of her leading men, Dickie Moore, had lessons.
     At four o'clock she emerged from her dressing room-school room, yawning and weary, to go right into her first screen love scene with young Moore, which in turn leads to her first screen kiss, a mere peck on the cheek.

BETWEEN kisses, Shirley yawned, talked, laughed, listened to instructions, and gave grand performances of a scene that was repeated for one hour and a half solid.
     "When Shirley is tired, she talks and talks and talks," her mother laughed.  "And the more tired she becomes the faster she talks."
     If a boy is a good dancer and lots of fun, Shirley asks nothing else of him.  On Sunday afternoons girls from her school and boys from neighboring military academies congregate at her home for ping-pong, laughter, a bit of dancing, and supper.  She isn't given to one boy crushes, but is friends with them all, especially those who catch the spirit of her humor and can give it back.
     After a recent party at a local military school, Shirley stood in her lovely little formal frock and told her mother all about it. "Honestly," she said, "All those military boys talked about were upper and lower classmen, and lower-uppers and upper-lowers until all I could think of was a pair of false teeth!"
     Three times a week a physical instructor comes to the Temple home before dinner to give Shirley the physical training that keeps her well, slim, and beautiful.  "Bend, roll, reach," echoes from the room as Shirley goes through her workout.  She likes all sort of food but prefers meat, and eats generous portions of it.  Pingpong, tennis, and bicycle riding are her favorite sports, and a certain amount of time each year is given to a Palm Springs vacation where she can swim and ride as well.
     Sports, however, are not as important in Shirley's life as are books and music, dancing and laughter.
     Shirley expects to stay on at Westlake until her graduation.  At the moment it's a toss-up between art school and little theater work, perhaps the New York stage when school is over. If movies enter her life at all they will mean only an occasional picture and will never again, or at least for a long time, monopolize her entire time.  Radio is now her first love and will continue to keep her heart its own for some time to come.
     Her mind explores everywhere.  No sooner had she reported to the radio station for rehearsal than she must inspect every nook and cranny of the machinery behind the scenes. She was especially interested in the new television department--a good sign, because heaven knows the world will never have a lovelier subject for television.
     Her mother still washes and curls Shirley's hair, giving it careful attention.  Together the two select her clothes, Shirley's taste running to simple unadorned frocks.

AT school she wears uniforms of white in warm weather and blue in winter.  With standard white or blue sweaters Shirley looks like any other little school girl, until one catches the breath-taking beauty of her face.
     Like every other young American, Shirley is a firm believer in sending in answers to radio contests.  Standing by a large Ivory Flakes sign on a radio stage of CBS Studios, Shirley looked at it wistfully.
     "I sent in a slogan in their contest," she sighed, "but I didn't win anything.  My slogan was 'Ivory Soap is best on land or sea.  It floats.'  I thought it was pretty good."
     Today the company that didn't give Shirley's slogan a tumble are her sponsors, paying her a fancy sum to advertise their product.
     Her favorite sport is teasing, but only if she likes you.  Lucky the person that brings a twinkle to her eye and a teasing quip to her lips.
     Her brother George, a member of the Marine Air Corps, who was in Honolulu during the December 7th raid, is her idol.  At the end of her last Elgin broadcast she whispered into the mike, "Hello, George."  A thrilled soldier wired his love back to the little sister who had greeted him across the miles.  George's fiancee, a junior at the University of Arizona, and Shirley are fast friends.  When the co-ed was made Desert Queen, George wired, "Now I have three queens, you and mother and my girl."  Shirley was thrilled.
     Her older brother, Jack, is married and employed as a radio announcer at Santa Barbara, California.
     A healthy, happy, unspoiled, young lady who thinks for herself, who radiates a beauty and happiness that nothing can dishearten is Shirley Temple today.  A promise of the brave
and lovely womanhood to come.
     When she stands before the radio each Wednesday, remember this.  And be cheered by this very American young lady who comes so welcomed into your homes.

Junior Miss premiered over CBS on Wednesday evening, March 4th 1942, a mid-season replacement for the first half-hour of Fred Allen's hour-long Texaco Star Theater, which had moved to Sunday evenings. This became the first time that Fred Allen had not been heard on Wednesday evenings in over eight years. Did CBS and Procter & Gamble think Junior Miss was a big deal? Apparently so.

Series Derivatives:

Junior Miss collected stories; Junior Miss Broadway Play (1941); Junior Miss Film (1945); Junior Miss (1948 radio series); 'Junior Miss' Dupont Show of the Month (1957); Junior Mints candy (1949)
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedy
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 42-03-04 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 42-03-04 to 42-08-26; CBS [KNX]; Twenty-six, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: CBS
Sponsors: Procter & Gamble [Ivory Snow; Dreft]
Principal Actors: Shirley Temple, Priscilla Lyon, Mary Lansing, Barbara Eiler, Patsy Moran,
Recurring Character(s): Judy Graves [Shirley Temple]; 'Fuffy' Adams [Pricilla Lyon]; Mrs. Graves [Mary Lansing]; Lois [Barbara Eiler]; Hilda [Patsy Moran];
Author(s): Sally Benson
Writer(s) Sally Benson, Doris Gilbert
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Episodes in Circulation: 0
Total Episodes in Collection: 0

March 14th 1942 Billboard review of the premiere of Junior Miss.
March 14th 1942 Billboard review of the premiere of Junior Miss.

Notes on Provenances:

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The Junior Miss Radio Program with Shirley Temple Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
42-02-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Fred Allen--WBBM WCCO KMOX
Judy Needs A New Coat
[Premiere; Replaces the first half of Fred Allen]

42-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
Shirley Temple will begin a new radio series tonight, taking over half the time formerly occupied by Fred Allen. The other half will be given to Ransom Sherman, whose show moves from a Friday night spot. Allen's program will be on the air Sundays in the time relinquished by the Sunday Evening Hour. This will be Shirley's second radio series. The first was a brief pre-Christmas affair in which she shared honors with adult guest stars. Now she'll be in "Junior Miss," based on the Sally Benson stories, book, and Broadway play, to be broadcast at 8 over WBBM.
Daddy Dear
42-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM):
Shirley Temple discovers she loves her dad.

42-03-11 Lima News
Making her second bow to radio audiences in her new "Junior Miss" radio series, Shirley Temple, in the part of Judy Graves, will air her views on child movie stars Wednesday at 9 pm. in a radio adaptation of Sally Benson's "Daddy Dear," story over WABC. In "
Daddy Dear," a Saturday afternoon visit to the movies has a great--and almost disastrous--effect upon the Graves household. Having viewed a picture about a little Southern girl whose father gambled away the old plantation. Judy returns home and attempts to beguile and reform her own father in the way the little girl managed it on the screen. Mr. Graves' understandable confusion, and Judy's realization that she isn't the winsome type, make for a most amusing comedy sketch. In the role of Fuffy Adams, Judy's bosom friend, will be Priscilla Lyon, while Mrs. Graves will be played by Mary Lansing, Lois by Barbara Eilers and Hilda by Patsy Moran.
Judy's Family Skeletons
42-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
parade of family skeletons is threatened.
Judy Coaches A Quiz Fan
42-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
Judy coaches a quiz fan.
Judy's Easter Egg Hunt
42-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
arranges an Easter egg hunt.

42-04-01 San Antonio Light
KTSA -- 8:00--In another radio dramatization ot Sally Benson's "Junior Miss" stories, Shirley Temple portrays the problems and adventures of a 13-year-old. In Wednesday night's episode, Shirley, as
Judy Graves, provides her mother with a good old-fashioned kind of Easter.
Judy's Design for Living
42-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
Judy turns health-builder.

42-04-08 Lima News
Armed with a new design for living, Judy Graves, as played by Shirley Temple, will persuades her family to go barefoot and adhere to strictly vegetarian menus until Mr. Graves, who loves a good thick steak, rebels in another amusing "Junior Miss" program on Wednesday at 9 p. m. over WABC.
Found Money
42-04-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
Judy and her friend find $900.
Judy Adopts A Soldier
42-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
Judy Graves adopts a soldier.

42-04-22 Lima News
Private Albert Schmalfoos, First Class, discovers that the worst can halppen when he is adopted, via the U.S. Mails, by Judy Graves, as played by Shirley Temple, and that young lady's spirit for all-our for defense causes a roul of major proportions in the Graves' household on the "Junior Miss" broadcast of Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. over WABC.
The Neighborhood Bugle
42-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple, as
Judy Graves, scoops the world.

42-04-29 Lima News
Judy Graves, played by Shirley Temple, and Judy's friend, Fuffy Adams, become newspaper publishers of the "Neighborhood Bugle" and scoop the world on a crime that rocks the nation and brings an army of irate "Bugle" readers to the Graves residence in another riotous edition of "Junior Miss" at 9 p.m. over WABC on Wednesday. Inspired by tales of the famous Pulitzer, the two girls pick up a cast-off mimeograph machine and launch their careers with headlines that scream of a horrible crime committed by friends of the family, and the repercussion that results is enough to send any would-be young publishers scurrying to the quiet and peace of a boiler factory.
Mother's Day
[ Mother's Day program]

42-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM): and
Mother's day.

42-05-06 Lima News
Out of cash and going all-out for Mother's Day, Shirley Temple, as Judy Graves, will introduce new temptations into the family until even Hilda, the maid, is almost lead astray in the "Junior Miss" broadcast over WABC at 9 p.m. When Judy discovers that her personal funds are insufficient for a suitable Mother's Day gift, she embarks on a cash-raising campaign that puts both Mr. Graves and Hilda out for the count of 10, and ends up in a financial impasse of major proportions.
Girl Meets Dog
42-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple, as
Judy, in a dog-meets-girl romance.

42-05-13 Lima News
Falling in love--with a dog, develops into a family conflagration of five-alarm proportions when Judy Graves, played by Shirley Temple, essays the leading role in a hilarious Girl-Meets-Dog debacle on the 9 p.m. WABC "Junior Miss" broadcast. Judy, believing that a dog is a girl's best friend, sees no reason why Caesar, whom she finds running astray in the park, should be denied the privileges of the Graves dinner table, the cool, clean family bedspreads nor the use of father's old smoking jacket in lieu of a bath towel. Mr. and Mrs. Graves, however, are finally able to convince Judy and her friend, Fluffy, that the animal kingdom has definite limitations.
Fuffy's Party Snub
42-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
Judy gets first invitation to a formal party--but Fuffy doesn't.

42-05-20 Lima News
With Shirley Temple, as Judy Graves, invited to her first formal evening party, mild pandemonium reigns in the household only to be followed by a state of utter chaos when Judy mysteriously refuses to go and promptly breaks out in a threatening rash on the Wednesday "Junior Miss broadcast at 9 p.m. Taking issue with accepted standards of social behavior as set forth by Emily Post, Judy sees no reason why her own invitation shouldn't include her friend Fuffy, and she flings a shattering ultimatum into the face of time-honored tradition, with the result that parties are something which Mr. and Mrs. Graves don't want to discuss for a long time to come.
Dad's College Chum
42-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
greet father's college chum.
Voter Propaganda
42-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
propaganda for votes.
Judy's Expensive Risk
42-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple, as
Judy Graves, finds it's risky to spend $150,000 before you have it.

42-06-10 Lima News
Spending a fortune of $150,000 before it is won is risky business, and Shirley Temple, as Judy Graves, faces a financial crisis of major proportions when she learns that Graves' 'fortune' actually amounts to $25.00 on the Wednesday "Junior Miss" program. (CBS--9 to 9:30 p.m., EWT)
The Benefit Concert
42-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
sponsors a benefit concert.
Dad's Aviation Job
42-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
elects Dad to an aviation job.

42-06-24 Lima News
Piloting an airplane takes more than enthusiasm, Judy Graves, played by Shirley Temple, discovers when she undertakes to make an aviator out of her father on the "Junior Miss" broadcast Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. over WABC. The trouble starts when Fuffy Adams' aeronautical cousin expresses the urgent need of a pilot for his plane. Always one to help out, Judy thereupon elects her father to do the honors, and the resulting climax sends the entire family, including Hilda, the maid, into a merry tailspin.
Bonds and Boots for Victory
42-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Shirley Temple (WBBM):
bonds and boots for victory.
Title Unknown
42-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Shirley Temple--WBBM WCCO

42-07-08 San Antonio Light
The Graves family's young hopeful, Judy suffers further growing pains.
Title Unknown
42-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Shirley Temple--WBBM WCCO
Title Unknown
42-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Shirley Temple--WBBM WCCO
Will Lois Elope?
42-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple as
Judy Graves suspects her sister, Lois, will elope.

42-07-29 San Antonio Light

Temple Tilts
With Cupid
in Radio Drama

Shirley Temple, who plays that captivating minx, Judy Graves, gets an idea that her elder sister, Lois, is about to elope during dramatization of "Junior Miss," on Wednesday. (KTSA, 8-8:30 p.m.).
On this premise, young Judy scampers around in her own way to foil Cupid's plans and before she finishes involves Papa and a lawyer, a bad case of indigestion, and the local air raid post. Barbara Eiler is cast as Lois, who causes allthe confusion.

Judy's Trombone Jive
42-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple as
Judy Graves gets new trombone on trial.

42-08-05 San Antonio Light

Shirley Does
Trombone Jive

With a shiny new trombone, which she gets on trial, Shirley Temple In the role of Judy Graves gives a free concert to all the neighbors in her apartment house. Somehow they don't care for it. What happens forms the basis for an amusing chapter in the saga of Junior Miss" Wednesday, August 5 (KTSA 8:00-8:30 p. m.).
Music may traditionally have charms to sooth the savage breast, but Judy's tooting doesn't affect the renting agent in quite the way she'd figured. (Shirley's instrument, in real life, is the xylophone.)

Second Cousins Visit
42-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): is
visited by second cousins; Judy played by Shirley Temple.
The Typical American Family Contest
42-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Junior Miss (WBBM): Shirley Temple as Judy Graves enters father and mother in "typical American contest."
Title Unknown
42-08-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Shirley Temple--WBBM WCCO
42-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:00 Mischa Auer--WBBM

Junior Miss Radio Program Biographies

Shirley Jane Temple
(Judy Graves)


Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

The Meklin School; Westlake School for Girls

Government Service:
Delegate to the United Nations
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
U.S. Chief of Protocol
U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia

Juvenile Award, The 7th Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards
Career Achievement Award, National Board of Review
Recipient of Kennedy Center Honors
Life Achievement Award, The Screen Actors Guild


1938 1937 In Review
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 America Calling
1941 United China Relief
1941 Shirley Temple Time
1942 Command Performance
1942 Junior Miss
1943 Mail Call
1944 Chesterfield Music Shop
1945 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1945 The Pepsodent Show
1945 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1946 Theater of Romance
1947 Academy Awards Program
1948 March Of Dimes
1948 Family Theater
1950 Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel
1953 Bud's Bandwagon
1957 Recollections At Thirty
1965 V-E Anniversary
To the Rear March
Yank Swing Session

Shirley Temple at CBS mike for Shirley Temple Time (1941).
Shirley Temple at CBS mike for Shirley Temple Time (1941).

Shirley Temple is presented a commemorative surfboard during her 1935 visit to the Hawaiian Islands.
Shirley Temple is presented a commemorative surfboard during her 1935 visit to the Hawaiian Islands.

Caption reads -- One of Shirley's best-known and earliest roles was as 'The Little Colonel,' with Lionel Barrymore as co-star.
Caption reads -- One of Shirley's best-known and earliest roles was as 'The Little Colonel,' with Lionel Barrymore as co-star.

LIFE caption reads, 'AT 6 winsome Shirley scored a hit in Stand Up and Cheer.'
LIFE caption reads, 'AT 6 winsome Shirley scored a hit in Stand Up and Cheer.'

Among hundreds of other magazine covers over Shirley Temple's career, she made the cover of the Easter Season Movie and Radio Guide for 1940
Among hundreds of other magazine covers over Shirley Temple's career, she made the cover of the Easter Season Movie and Radio Guide for 1940

Associated Press photo caption reads -- 'Every effort was made to give Shirley a normal life. She spent three hours daily with her tutor, Frances Klamt.'
Associated Press photo caption reads -- 'Every effort was made to give Shirley a normal life. She
spent three hours daily with her tutor, Frances Klamt.'

'Shirley Temple Grows Up' on the cover of the March 30th 1942 LIFE magazine.
'Shirley Temple Grows Up' on the cover of the March 30th 1942 LIFE magazine.

Sgt. John Agar and Shirley Temple share glasses of domestic champagne at their wedding.
Sgt. John Agar and Shirley Temple share glasses of domestic champagne at their wedding.

Associated Press photo caption reads -- 'Shirley's first marriage, at 17, was to John George Agar, 24, but it ended in divorce less than five years later.'
Associated Press photo caption reads -- 'Shirley's first marriage, at 17, was to John George Agar, 24, but it ended in divorce less than five years later.'

Shirley Temple talks to her baby, Linda Susan, for May 31st 1945 LIFE magazine.
Shirley Temple talks to her baby, Linda Susan, for May 31st 1945 LIFE magazine.

Caption reads -- 'A prized possession of Mrs. Charles Eldon Black (Shirley Temple) is scrapbook recording of her family's activities.'
Caption reads -- 'A prized possession of Mrs. Charles Eldon Black (Shirley Temple) is scrapbook recording of her family's activities.'

Shirley Temple married Charles Black in December of 1950.
Shirley Temple married Charles Black in December of 1950.

LIFE Magazine featured Shirley Temple Black in its February 3rd 1958 issue.
LIFE Magazine featured Shirley Temple Black in its February 3rd 1958 issue.

Shirley Temple as she appeared in her premiere of 'Shirley Temple's Storybook,' television program.
Shirley Temple as she appeared in her premiere of 'Shirley Temple's Storybook,' television program.

LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'SHIRLEY AT 3 played a scrubwoman in Rags to Riches. This was part of series, Baby Burlesks, that kidded adult movies and launched Shirley in films.'
LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'SHIRLEY AT 3 played a scrubwoman in Rags to Riches. This was part of series, Baby Burlesks, that kidded adult movies and launched Shirley in films.'

LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'STORY HOUR AT HOME finds Shirley and husband reading to Charles, 5, Linda Susan, 10, Lori, 3.'
LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'STORY HOUR AT HOME finds Shirley and husband reading to Charles, 5, Linda Susan, 10, Lori, 3.'

LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'SHIRLEY TODAY at a Los Angeles press conference displays some new vinyl models of Shirley Temple dolls, which were first marketed 23 years ago.'
LIFE magazine article caption reads -- 'SHIRLEY TODAY at a Los Angeles press conference displays some new vinyl models of Shirley Temple dolls, which were first marketed 23 years ago.'

From the August 16th 1953 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

SHIRLEY TEMPLE -- SHE'S JUST A HOUSEWIFE NOW. Famous Child Star Happy In Real-Life Role. As Mrs. Black She Cooks, Cares For Family of 3.

     Shirley Temple, the kid who grew up in Hollywood's dream world to the tune of millions of bucks and almost as many heartaches, is "back down on earth today, the happiest housewife in Beverly Hills.
     In an exclusive interview, the girl who was a millionaire at and the most famous child in the world, sat in the small canyon home she has just rented, playing to the hilt her favorite role:  Mrs. Charles Alden Black.
     For the first time since she left films and a broken marriage with Actor John Agar behind her, Shirley Temple told the story of her switch from make-believe to reality, from script to cook-book.
     Hollywood's "dimpled darling," who for more than 10 years kept marquee lights aglow, today is interested only in keeping the home fires burning.  And she's giving a four-star performance as housewife and mother.
     "I'm so happy," the 25-year-old Shirley smiled as she pulled out the scrapbook she and Charles have kept since their marriage two and a half years ago.
     "I've found a whole new world with my husband and my children," she added as we thumbed through the pages. "I have everything I want now.  I don't miss my career a bit.  This book tells the story.  I hope it doesn't bore you."
     It didn't.  Thumbing through these memories with Shirley was like reliving her life with her.
     The pictures and clippings, so carefully pasted in by Shirley, chronicle everything that has happened to Mr. and Mrs. Black since their quiet wedding December 16, 1950.  Except for the photos of some of the famous personalities they met in Washington, D.C., the book might have been kept by Mrs. Jones down the street.
     Instead of Hollywood glamor pictures it contains favorite Christmas cards and birth announcements from friends. There are pictures of Shirley, not all of them flattering, taken by her camera-bug husband.
     There's Shirley and Charles kissing in the kitchen on their first wedding anniversary and clowning it up a bit for the friend who snapped the shot.  There's Shirley in jeans and shirt and no make-up playing with their boxer dog. There's Shirley and her new son, their heads cut off a bit, slightly out of focus.  And, of course, there are just as many shots of Papa Black and Shirley's daughter by her first marriage, Linda Susan, 5 1/2.
     Like any parents, the Blacks recorded with their camera "Susie's" Christmases, their family gatherings and all the
other activities that have, made a new world for "Little Miss Marker."
     The Black family recently returned to Hollywood from Bethesda, Md., where they lived in "a small rambling home" while Charles was attached to the Navy Department in Washington, D.C.  Like most of her neighbors, Shirley did all her own housework.
     The handsome, 34-year-old Stanford graduate was recalled to active duty as a lieutenant commander shortly after his marriage to Shirley.  His bride went right along, announcing that she was through with movies and that the only contract she was interested in was the one she had just signed with Charles.
     Today, busy getting settled in the home they have leased until they can build their own, Shirley reaffirmed that statement.  But she left herself a small opening.
     "I won't say that I'm never going to act again.  Maybe later, when the children are older.  I might try TV or
something.  But right now the only thing I'm interested in is running my home and living a normal life," added the girl whose films have earned more than $20,000,000 and who is said  to have banked more than 81,000,000 herself.
     As to current rumors in the trade that she's agreed to star in a TV series if her husband is taken into the deal as a producer, Shirley sticks to her denials.

     "I don't know anything about that.  I'm not even listening to offers," she insisted.
     "Despite the talk, I have no agent, no publicity man--and right now it's time to change my baby's diapers!"
     The girl who competently changed the diaper on 15-month-old Charles Alden Black Jr. still has a touch of the winsome appeal which made her a world-wide film sensation at the age of 6.
     But in place of the Meglin Kiddie cuteness and the later adolescent smugness, there is now the mature, natural charm of a young woman.  Shirley Temple is an adult.
     As filmland showcase kid, whose life from dolls to divorce was duly chronicled in the daily press, Shirley has always had a certain poise.  But it was the kind acquired from being continually on public view--almost a defensive arrogance.
     The gracious Mrs. Black who brewed a pot of coffee while we went through the scrapbook displayed a new poise, a new assurance--the kind that stems from private happiness.
     Though in her new role she does all her own housework, cooking and marketing, Shirley doesn't look the part of a haus-frau.
     A petite girl, she still could pass for a teen-ager in her simple cotton housedresses and open sandals.  There were those who predicted that the cute and chubby youngster of the screen would grow up to be just plain chunky and not-so-cute.
     Shirley has proved them wrong.  Though not the siren type, she still has plenty of appeal.  She is 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds.
     Her once golden hair is now an attractive dark brown, and not that phony mahogany movie hue, either.  In place of the bouncy ringlets of her childhood and the fluffy longbob of her teen years, Shirley now has a smart shingled bob, almost wind-blown.
     "I guess it looks a mess today," she laughed, running her fingers through her short hair.  "I wash and set it myself.  But I didn't put it up last night."
     Shirley was wearing a smart blue cotton dress with a low, scooped neckline and red embroidery around the hem.
     "I seldom dress up any more," she explained.  "I prefer casual clothes and I buy my things ready-made."
     The Black home is furnished in casual style, too.  "I guess you would call it a sort of mixed-up period," Shirley laugher, explaining that she was her own decorator.
     The living room sofa and chairs, which date back to the Temple family home of 1941, have new plain blue and striped denim slip covers.  The house is pleasant, but not pretentious.
     "The furniture just arrived from Maryland last week, and I'm still getting settled," she added.
     Shirley fingered her impressive diamond engagement ring and diamond-studded wedding circlet as she explained why she has no servants and lives so quietly.
     "I do my own work because there's nothing else I'd rather be doing.  I like to cook.  What's more, I'm pretty good at it," she said frankly.
     Though Shirley has always refused to discuss her financial affairs or the reports that Black is heir to a sizeable fortune, she readily admitted that money is no problem.
     "I guess I'm just the domestic type," she laughed, "and I've never been so happy."
          Copyright 1953 for The Tribune

From the February 17th 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 1:

The Spotlight -- Shirley, The Magic Temple

     Shirley Temple, the adorable moppet of the movies of a quarter of a century ago, has emerged from retirement and has rocketed to the top of television. Breaking a promise to resist all lures to resume her career, she has responded to the clamor of a public that remembers her as "Little Miss Marker" and the clamor of a public that never had seen her. Now happily married and a model wife and mother, Shirley is Herbert Kamm's subject for a series of six articles, of which this is the first.

Article 1

     On Sunday evening, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m., Pacific Coast time, Shirley Temple smiled that incomparable dimpled smile of hers into a television camera in Hollywood.
In a twinkling of an electronic eye, millions of Americans suddenly felt a little older, and for millions more, familiar with the name of Shirley Temple only because of what they had read or heard from nostalgic elders, a legend had come to life.
     It was in consonance with the title of her television series -- "Shirley Temple's Storybook" -- another dramatic chapter in a saga so filled with wonder that even some of the fairy tales in her TV repertoire pale by comparison.
     A QUARTER of a century has passed since an adorable moppet with a riot of blonde curls romped across movie screens in such memorable films as "Little Miss Marker," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," "Curly Top," "Poor Little Rich Girl," and "The Little Colonel," all of which are being seen again or soon will be, on television.
     But the rush of the years didn't obscure the Shirley Temple image, and it surprised no one when her maiden appearance on live television captured one of the largest audiences in the history of the medium.
She looked indeed like a fairy princess as she stood before the cameras at NBC's color studio in Hollywood, not far from the movie lots where she became the most beloved little girl in the world.
     SHE WORE a gown of pink and blue net with an outer skirt of imported French lace, its sequins glittering. A filmy stole caressed her bare shoulders. Her hair, now a deep brown with a slightly reddish tinge, heighted flawless complexion. And then, of course, there was that smile with the corners of her mouth dimpled.
     Actually, her role in this initial telecast of her 16 special one-hour programs based on classic fairy tales, was relatively minor. In a voice still sweetly reminiscent of her childhood triumphs, she sang her theme song, "Dreams Are Made for Children," and then merely supplied the necessary narrative for the portrayal of "Beauty and The Beast."
     But it was the magic of Temple which lured viewers--the return of the delightful darling who has, to be sure, grown up but who also will always be the Shirley Temple of yesteryear if she lives to be a thousand.
     THE LEGEND is indestructible, not only because there is none in entertainment history to compare with it, but because Shirley's life has been as ideal as one could wish. Even the imperfections have turned out for the best.
When her acting career foundered in the high seas of teenage awkwardness, she quietly withdrew into retirement to learn, as she put it in a recent interview, "the art of maturing." She had learned it beautifully.
     The greatest test of her mettle came at 21, when her marriage to Joh Agar, Jr., an Army sergeant who later became an actor, collapsed after four trying years. Hollywood skeptics and even a large segment of her public, viewed the experience as one which would shatter her.
     It not only didn't shatter her but, she feels, prepared her for what is now an idyllic union with "the best and finest person who ever dame into my life" -- Charles Black, nine years her senior, a tall, handsome soft-spoken business executive whom she married a year after the divorce.
     AT 29--she'll be 30 on April 23--Shirley is a contented, blissfully happy wife, mother (Linda Susan, 10, Charles Jr., soon to be six, and Lori, soon to be four), interior decorator, gardener and civic worker. Also part-time actress.
     Why the comeback? It certainly wasn't for money. Shirly started working for a salary at the age of four, getting $150 a week when $150 was real money. By 1937, when she was nine, she was making $300,000 a year, the seventh largest-salaried income in the country.
     "Those TV producers just wore me down," she said of her capitulation. "They kept after me. They pointed out that 20th Century-Fox had released all of my old movies to TV. They said, "Why don't you let the public see you as you are--not as you were?"
     THE COUP finally was scored by Bill Phillipson, executive producer for Henry Jaffe Enterprises, who hatched the idea of Shirly serving as hostess-narrator--and occasionally the star--of a series of fairy tales.
     "I'm a pushover for fairy tales," Shirley confessed. "Furthermore, I've long felt there was a need for more shows that would appeal to the entire family, and certainly this series was designed with just that kind of family appeal in mind. So here I am."
     The financial deal--which can't be overlooked entirely, even in fairy tales--calls for her to receive a flat fee of $100,000 plus 25 per cent of the profits from re-runs. She has no financial interest incidentally, in the sale of her old movies to television.
     Shirley insists that the lure of the limelight was no factor in her decision.
"I went into show business in 1932, which I was four," she said. The last movie I made, "A Kiss for Corliss," was released in 1950. That's 18 years of limelight, enough to last a lifetime.
     "WHAT'S important to me now is my marriage. To preserve marriage I've found a woman must first of all keep her husband happy. Keeping Charlie happy--that's what counts most in my scheme of things. Then come the children. If anything, the spotlight comes last.

(Copyright 1958, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

Tomorrow: The inside story of Shirley's first television show, and how her family reacted to it.

From the February 18th 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 2:

Shirley: The Magic Temple

Severest Critic is Daughter, Lori

    Editor's Note: This the second of six articles about the magnificent moppet of the movies who, 25 years later, has won the hearts of television fans. Herbert Kamm, magazine editor of the New York World-Telegram and Sun, yesterday told us what moved Shirley to make a comeback, and today writes of the reaction in the Temple Household to her first appearance on TV.


     Tremendous trooper though she is, Shirley Temple suffered a bad case of stage fright in her live television debut early in January.
It cost her, among other things, the loss of three pounds and several nights of worry over whether the public mush of which will always remember her as "Little Miss Marker" of the movies would welcome her back warmly.
     Like every other chapter in her storybook life though, this one had its happy ending, right down to such details as tears of joy and a gouch of professional jealousy from the youngest of her three children.
     The the show went off with perfection, winning raves frm the critics as well as the masses, was not accident. Shirley put in only three days of work on it at the NBC color studio in Hollywood by her total labors were more than she had devoted to any of the films she made while winning international acclaim as a child star in the early 1930s.
     "I wanted it to be better than anything I've ever done," she explained, "and I ken my old press clippings weren't going to help me."
     In the privacy of her home in Atherton, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco, she spent weeks poring over the sript for "Beauty and the Beast," the first of the 16 hour-long fairy tale dramatizations which comprise the "Shirley Temple Storybook" series.
     Astute little business woman that she is, the contract she signed give her final say over every script. She even has it written into her contract that she will not do the commercials for her shampoo and ice cream sponsors. As one observer noted, "When you start in the entertainment business at the age of three, as Shirley did, you learn not to be pushed around."
     She will star in several of the stories, but her participation in the first one was limited to singing the series theme song, "Dreams Are Made for Children," and prsideing as hostess-narrator. All the same, she bent to the task as if her life depended on its success.
     She brought a tape recorder from the firm with which her husband, Charles Black, happens to be a ranking executive but she wouldn't accept a recorder for free. She st it up in the family room of her home and, during the orning hours when the three children were in school, sang and recited her lines into the contraption.
     "I'm sure I could have used the help of a coach," she said, "but I had to do all my own coaching by playing back the tape and criticizing myself. That tape recorder turned out to be my fourth child. "
     Two days before the show wnt on the air, Shirley drove to San Francisco Airport and hopped a plane for the hour and 20-minute flight to the television studio in Hollywood. There an entire new world opened for her.
     "Strange as it may seem," she said, "I had never been in a television studio before and wasn't too sure what the cameras were like.
     "Everyone greeted me like a princess, but I'm sure I was a nervous princess, with shaking knees. I spent hours in the control room and talking to the directors, the floor managers and the cameramen. It was all very involved and very exciting, much more complicated than the movies. It resally surprised me that everythinng went so smoothly. I couldn't see how they could have five cameras on the stage going in five different directions without a collission, but there wasn't a single hitch."
     The show itself seems like a dream to Shirley. "I know my heart stopped when the red light of the camera whent on," she confessed, "and I felt myself melting under the weight of my dress. It had about 15 petticoats, and I'm sold it weighed 17 pounds."
     Not until the performance ended did Shirley really feel certain that she has retained the charm and poise with which she was gifted as a child.
     "When I saw Mother afterwards," she said with a tremor in her voice, "she was quite teary. I knew then that we hadn't failed."
     Several hours later, the entire Temple clan saw a kinescope of the show -- Shirley, her husband, her parents and her oldest brother and sister-in-law in Hollywood and the Temple children at their home in Atherton.
     "We all sat there and sort of gasped, becasue we didn't realize how smoothly it went," said Shirley. "I was delighted. It was just what everyone promised me it would be in genuine warmth and quality."
     Promptly after the kinescope, Shirley telephoned the children -- Linda Susan, 10, Charles Jr., going on six, and Lori, going on four.
     "They were very excited," Shirley said, "and loved my dress and wanted to know if I was going to bring it home. The only complaint came from Lori. She was still quite upset that I didn't take her to the studio. She wanted to sing "Teentsie Weentsie Spider" on the show. I told her I didn't think it would fit, but she still feels I ought to let her sing it, and if I know Lori I may have to before the series runs out."
     In a thoroughly serious vein, Shirley said she was relieved that the children weren't frightened by the "Beast" in the fairy tale.
     "All of these stories are lovely, but some of the characters in them could frighten children if not portrayed properly. If that were to happen, it would defeat the entire purpose of them--to bring wholesome, joyful entertainment to the whole family and to kindle new interest in books and fairy tales."
     Finally, if Shirley Temple had any doubts that the public which adored her 25 years ago still adored her, they were dispelled by the hundreds of letters which poured into her home in the next few days.
The one which pleased her most came from an Air Force major. It said simply, "Dear Little Miss Marker: Magnificent!."

     Tomorrow: Shirley Temple's home life and her philosophy about raising children.

From the February 19th 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 3:

Shirley: The Magic Temple

This the third of six articles about the fabulous Shirley Temple. We have learned what moved her to make a comeback on television and of the reaction of her family to her first successful appearance. Today she philosophizes about raising children--her own.

Article 3

     When Shirley Temple as at the peak of her popularity as a child movie star 25 years ago, she used to be driven to and from the studio in a locked, quiet-proof limousine with a bodyguard at her side.
     The Temple home was guarded day and night. The windows were barred inside and out. Every approach to the house was wired and connected with central police headquarters.
     She was, in effect, a prisoner of her own fame, and quite understandably so. She was earing better than a quarter of a million dollars a year at the time and her appearance on a public street could touch off bedlam among grownups as well as children.
     HAD SHIRLEY reached maturity afflicted with an assortment of neuroses and personality quirks, they might easily ahve been attributed to such early experiences. After all, many an adult heronie has gone off the deep and under the influence of considerably less attention and adulation.
     Much of the credit for her gracious metamorphosis belongs to her parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Temple saw to it that their gifted daughter grew up as normally as challenging circumstances would permit. "The were very level-headed about it all," she said in a recent interview.
     There was a large assist, too, from Winfield Sheehan, head of Fox Studios, during that heady era when Shirley shattered all box office records and won special Academy Awards for four straight years. She recalled: "He gave me my little cottage, with swings and rabbits in the yeard, and forbade me to go to the commisary for lunch. That was were the children got to be little smart-alcks."
     THE TRIUMPH is, however, essentially a personal one.
     Even as her parents concede that Shirley is unspoiled today because the lovely matron who is now Mrs. Charles Alden Black Jr. was determined that, while she would fondly remeber the past, she would not continue to live in it.
     "I look upon the me of those days as my little sister," she remarked. "It is a funny feeling. I know her well but not as myself."
     A long-time admirer put it another way: "She's the little sweetheart now that she was 25 years ago--except that this time it's permanent."
     With her 30th birthday fast approaching, Shirley presides over a nine-room ranch-type home in Atherton, Calif., with the sort of quiet competence that should be an inspirationo to every young lady in America contemplating matrimony and motherhood.
     Although her entry into television has encroached upon her personal time and also compelled her to hire a cook, she is undisputed boss of her home and a dedicated companion to her husband and their three children.
     MOREOVER, she finds time to carry on a profitable part-time business as an interior decorator, to putter in the garden and to fulfill a variety of civic duties, notably in behalf of a number of charities dedicated to helping sick and underprivileged children.
     In going about these myriad activities, she ask no special treatment or courtesies. People still write to her home for autographs and she occasionally will be stopped on the street by an admirer more intent on satisfying his curiosity than indulging in hero worship. Except for such deviations, however, she is accepted like any other member of the community and is never compelled to seek privilege, much less take refuge in a bullet-proof limousine.
     But it is in her dealings with her children-- Linda Susan, 10, Charles Jr., going on six, and Lori, soon to be four--that Shirley's finest qualities emerge, perhaps because she is so eager that their formative years be as happy as her own, and less hectic.
     THE HOURS she evotes to her television series are limited to a few a month so that there will be no wrench to domestic tranquility.
     "These are such precious years with the children," she said, "that I wouldn't think of having them interferred with."
     Further, she wisely decided some time ago that Susie and Charlie and Lori would not be "protected" from the legend of Shriley Temple but would grow up with it casually and modestly.
     "I have copies of most of the movies I made," she reveals, " and we permit the chilren to see them from time to time. The children like them very much, but they were a little puzzled when they saw some of the same films on televisioin. The commercials got them confused."
     Susie, who looks very much like her father, actor John Agar (he and Shirley were divorced in 1949 after a four-year marriage), is described by her mother as "my serious little girl."
     "SHE'S GOING to be a very fine writer someday," Shirley said with undisguised pride, "She's constantly turning out poems that are very original and very sweet. One of them, called, 'Winter', won a prize from a Boston publishing firm. She also plays the piano and shows a great aptitude for composition."
     Lori thinks she wants to be an actress, her mother reports, and Charles Jr. insists right now that he will be a policeman or a doctor.
     "Doctor will probably win out, " Shirly said with a laugh, "because I wanted to be the one from the time I can remember, and my grandfather was a country doctor in Pennsylvania."
     Shirley has some pretty firm ideas as to how her children--not children generally, but her children--should be brought up.
     "I DON'T THINK you can let television be the entertainer of the family," she said. "You have to continue to give children projects, like making Valentines or coloring, or playing the piano, or whatever their interests are. We try to stimulate reading, which is one of the reasons I like the fairy tales we're telling on my television series."
     "Also, I sepxect children to mind. I'm Pennsylvania Dutch on my fahter's side and mother is German and French. I must say I'm a little on the Germanic side. I don't spnk the children unless I have to--and sometimes I have to."
     Was Shirley Temple ever spanked?
     Historians should take not of the answer: "Never once."

(Copyright, 1958 by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

Tomorrow: The tragedy which befell Shirley's brother and how it influences her life today.

From the February 20th 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 4:

Shirley: The Magic Temple

     Fourth of six articles about the fabulous Shirley Temple, who is starting a second successful career in the entertainment world.  Today Herbert Kamm writes of how tragedy struck one of Shirley's brothers, her idol, which moved her to devote much of her time to help handicapped children. 

Article 4
     Shirley Temple is so extremely fond of children--all children--that she can't seem to find enough hours in the day to devote to them.  The dedication stems from her own childhood, which was at once blissful and abnormal.
     During those years a generation ago when she was the movie idol of all the world, Shirley had everything she could wish.  "It was marvelous," she remarked in a recent interview.  "Because it was like living in books instead of just reading them."
     But, though there is no evidence that she ever complained, if indeed she was aware of it, she also was deprived of some of the precious joys of the average child.
     The famous curly-haired moppet had a limited coterie of friends and did most of her playing at home.  For one thing, she usually worked at the movie studio from 9 to 5.  For another, children who were not used to her were too much in awe of her to play with her.
     Many times, when her family lived in Brentwood Heights, Calif., she would go to the beach with her shovel and bucket to play in the sand with the other children, but eventually one of them would recognize her and cry, "It's Shirley Temple!"  So she would pick up her bucket and shovel and go home.
     On another occasion she managed to leave the house and grounds unnoticed.  There was a frantic search for her.  The house notified the studio; the studio notified the police.  A cordon was thrown around the neighborhood.
     One of the detectives saw a little girl a few blocks from the house, making mud pies on the corner and offering them to passerby.  When he came closer and the little ragamuffin offered to sell him a mud pie for a penny, he looked again and saw a dirty face that was strangely familiar.  It was Shirley--and she never wandered off again.
     It is small wonder then, that Shirley strives mightily now to keep fences, real or imagined, from growing up around her own three offspring and spends so much time working in behalf of children's charities.
     There is still another factor, a poignant one about which she rarely talks.
     Shirley has two brothers, Jack, who is 43 is 13 years her senior, and George Jr., who is 38.  For a time, Jack was an assistant movie director, but since 1946 he has been an FBI agent.
     George, although he was painfully shy as a child, has always been Shirley's idol.  "He was a wonderful athlete in his youth," she remembers.  "There wasn't a sport he couldn't master, and he loved being active."
     Some years ago, after having re-enlisted in the Army, George was stricken with multiple sclerosis.  It was a tragedy for him and no less a blow to the adoring sister who looked up him as the all-American boy.  George has found comfort and solace in Christian Science.  For Shirley, working for the Multiple Sclerosis Society is more than a charity.  It is a calling.
     As a member of the MS board in the region which embraces her home at Atherton, Calif., Shirley played a major role in raising funds to construct a rehabilitation center where post-polio and heart disease cases, as well as multiple sclerosis victims, are treated.
     "We've held a number of parties and fashion shows," she said.  "I was a jewel girl in last year's fashion show and wore more gems than a vamp in a silent movie."
     Another of the six charities in which Shirley is active--all of them work in behalf of children who are crippled or who have incurable diseases or diseases of long duration--raises money for the Stanford Convalescent Home.  The former "Little Miss Marker" of the movies is a volunteer salesgirl in the gift shop, and it goes without saying that she always does a brisk business.
     One might suspect that Shirley's fame, kindled anew by her comeback to the entertainment world through a new television series, would interfere with her community functions.  Truth is, though, that the other women go out of their way to make her feel that she is one of them, rather than apart from them.
     There is, for instance, the Peninsula Children's Theater Association, through which mothers and housewives of the area "can bring good live theater to children at a minimum price."
     "We usually have about 150 handicapped children who are admitted free," Shirley explained.  "The rest pay.  We produce the play ourselves and make all the costumes and sets ourselves.  It's a strange thing, though, The women won't let me act in any of them.  I've done make-up.  I've designed and painted sets.  I've even been an usher and served as publicity chairman.  But the women, bless them, refuse to do anything that could be construed as commercializing my reputation.  I feel a little frustrated - but I love them for it."
     Her co-workers also understand that Shirley doesn't want her own children exploited.  For one thing, they go to school like other children.  That includes the youngest, Lori, almost four, who attends nursery school.  For another, Shirley wants them to grow up without preconceived notions about the careers they should pursue and to know the value of a dollar.  That's something it took Shirley herself a little time to learn, as evidenced by an episode when she was nine years old and producing box office millions.
     Anyone she liked in those legendary days was given a badge which read "Shirley Temple Police."  Anyone she didn't like was fined, the money going into a charity fund.
     At first she would fine the members of the film company a dollar, but her mother soon put a stop to that, pointing out to Shirley that a lot of people couldn't afford to be fined a dollar every time she got the idea.  It was suggested that a nickel would be more suitable.  That surprised Shirley, because a dollar meant nothing at all, but a nickel was a huge sum:  the price of an ice cream cone.
     Such wisdom by her parents and Shirley's own intelligence--her IQ as a child was 155, or genius rating--soon gave her a perspective which has matured beautifully with her.  She is not enamored of herself in the least and considers it not at all unusual that she should want to give so much of herself to others, especially children.
     "I want people to like me for what I am," she says, "as well as for what I was."
(Copyright, 1958, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)
     Tomorrow:  Shirley and her husband, and how they live.

From the February 21st 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 5:

Shirley: The Magic Temple

     This is the fifth of six articles about the fabulous Shirley Temple, who, at 30 is in the midst of a second successful career which she says is not a career.

Article Five

      There is hardly a fairy tale in which the heroine must not endure a major crisis--a test of her character, as it were--before emerging into the sunlight to find her knight in shining armor.
     And so it was in the fairy tale which has been the true life story of Shirley Temple.
     When Shirley married John Agar Jr. at the age of 17, a whole world rejoiced, for it meant that the one-time little dimpled darling they all loved had reached the zenith of happiness and would now ride off into the horizon to live blissfully ever after.
     OR SO EVERYONE thought and hoped.  Actually, they were a chapter or so ahead of the story.
     This was not the climax.  This was the crisis.  Freshly graduated from the Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles and struggling awkwardly with teen-age movie roles, Shirley had embarked on a journey for which she was ill-prepared.  Nor was Agar, handsome, square-jawed scion of an Illinois family, any better prepared.
     The union lasted four years, in the third year of which a daughter, Linda Susan, was born.  During the same period, Agar, who was an Army sergeant when he and Shirley fell in love, became an actor.  In fact, they made two movies together, "Fort Apache" and "Baltimore Escapade."
     BUT, AS A FAMILY friend saw it, "Neither of these kids knew what marriage was all about.  Young Agar had no trade, and Shirley had no idea of what marriage really entailed."
     In 1949, to their own dismay and to the dismay of people everywhere, Shirley and her husband were divorced.  Here, now, was the test of her character--and a test of fairy-tale tradition.  As her still-adoring world knows, Shirley was equal to it, and people can go right on believing in those fairy tales.
     While on a trip to Hawaii, Shirley met Charles Alden Black, equally as handsome as Agar, but nine years older than Shirley, a success in his own right, quiet and mature.  They were married Dec. 16, 1950, and Shirley announced her retirement from show business.
     THERE IS NOT a shred of doubt in anyone's mind this time.  This is indeed the happy ending--or, more accurately, the happy beginning.
     If there are two people more compatible than the Charles Alden Blacks of Atherton, Calif., they exist only in fiction.  Their happiness and devotion to each other explains why the television producers had such a time of it convincing Shirley she should make a comeback.  She yielded only laying down a strict set of ground rules, most important of which is that she will spend only a few days away from home for each of her 16 NBC shows.
     Their ground spreads over one and a third acres, but 3,500 square feet of it is green cement.     CHARLEY AND I had it paved so we wouldn't have to spend so much of our time cutting grass.  When it gets dirty, we just wash it off.  The children complained there was no place for them to do somersaults or play croquet, so we did put in two small areas of grass," Shirley confessed.
     There may be precious little grass, but the grounds abound with flowers and trees, and Shirley and her husband spend happy hours as amateur gardeners.     "We have daphne, about 200 red tulips, rose bushes, Hawaiian white ginger plants, bamboo trees, lemon trees and one tangerine tree," Shirley calculated.  "When I bought the tangerine tree, I thought it was a lime tree, but I guess it just doesn't want to be a lime tree."
     As escape from his executive duties with the Ampex Corp. in Redwood City, Calif., manufacturers of precision instruments, Black also enjoys golf, badminton, and bridge with his wife.
     THEN THERE IS Shirley's considerable talent as an interior decorator, an art in which she holds a professional license.
     "My interest in it evidently started when I was a little girl over at Fox Studios," Shirley said, "Arthur Little, who as set designer, would make beautiful scale models of the sets for my movies and I just loved them.  They were like doll houses.
     "Then, during the Korean was, when Charley was serving in the Navy and we lived in Washington, I began to take it up seriously, and right now I'm doing a house from top to bottom.  It's just a hobby, and I don't pretend to be a decorator's decorator, but I do enjoy it."
     The interior of her own home can be described as simple, with class.  And, true to her vow that she will not live in the past, surrounded by memories, there is but one visible piece of evidence of her fame and fortune as a child movie star:  one bookshelf has a line of leather-bound photograph albums, each bearing the title of one of her movies.
     "MY TASTE is very conservative," she said.  I must admit I'm drawn to oriental things, but I don't think one can have many unless the house is all to be oriental."
     Shirley and her husband rarely are seen in night clubs, and they also are infrequent movie-goers.  "I'd like to see more movies," she said, "but there never seems to be time to go.  There are always so many more enjoyable things to do at home, and now there is this new television series.  Charley and the children come first, and the minute my husband shows the slightest sign of being irritated or neglected by my television commitments, I'll stop cold."
     HER FATHER, now 67, and her mother live in a little house on a golf course in Palm Springs.  George Temple was a bank teller when his daughter was a child star.  He is retired now but serves on several bank and investment company boards.  His wealth is his own.  Every penny Shirley earned in the movies was invested for her in her own name.
     Summing it all up--her husband, her children, her parents, her fame, her fortune, her utter contentment with everything, she said:  "It does seem like a fairy tale, doesn't it!"

(Copyright, 1958, by United Features Syndicate, Inc.)
     Tomorrow:  How Shirley views the future--and the prospect of returning to the movies.

From the February 22nd 1958 edition of the Schenectady Gazette, a six-part series, Shirley: The Magic Temple, Article 6:

Shirley: The Magic Temple

     Last of six articles about the fabulous Shirley Temple, who, at 30, is in the midst of a second successful career, which she says is not a career.

Article 6
      It is a mark of Shirley Temple's greatness that there never has been a child movie star to equal her, or even come close.  Moreover, it is unlikely that there ever will be.
     Now nearing her 30th birthday, five-feet two inches and 107 pounds of loveliness, Shirley herself shares that opinion and spells out her reasoning succinctly with considerable logic.
     "I class myself with Rin Tin Tin," she says.  "At the end of the depression (the era in which she dominated the movies), people were perhaps looking for something to cheer them up.  They fell in love with a dog and with a little girl.  There were little boy stars then, too.
     "But these times are different.  People don't seem to be interested in child stars.  I don't think it will happen again."
     SUPPORTING the theory is the fact that the release of Shirley's old films to television did not stir half as much excitement as her own show business comeback via the same medium.  Her "Shirley Temple Storybook" series, 16 one-hour shows on NBC has captured adults and children alike.  But having her come back as the dancing, singing, laughing princess of 25 years ago met with muted fanfare.
     On the premise that one good turn deserves another, many people expect that Shirley may be tempted to go all the way and even return to the movies now that she has dunked her little tootsies in the cool green of television.
     She vows by all that is dear to her that she won't let it happen.
     "The thing I don't want to do is get caught up in the career whirl," she said earnestly, "because that's what jeopardizes your family life."
     "TAKE THIS TV series I'm doing," she went on."  "Soon after word of it got out, I received a couple of letters from fans, young women of my age, asking where they could buy Shirley Temple dolls for their daughters.  After I got my husband off to work and got my children off to school, I called the company that made Shirley Temple dolls 15 years ago.
     "I told them my old movies were going to be on TV, that I was starting a new series of my own--and would they be interested in putting out the doll again?  They said sure.  The next thing I knew I was down at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles presiding over a cocktail party for the Ideal Toy Co.
     "That's what I mean about one thing leading to another in this business.  I had it all as a child.  This time I'm going so far and no further."
     (The dolls, it might be noted here, earned $150,000 for Shirley when she was a child star.  They're now expected to produce $2 million in sales, with Shirley getting five per cent of the gross.)
     MARRIED THE LAST eight years to Charles Alden Black, a California business executive, Shirley made her last movie, "A Kiss for Corliss," in 1949 and since rejected many offers.
     "I might make a movie on one condition:  If I can do it in one day," she said with a twinkle in her dark brown eyes.  "That's about the longest I would want to stay away from the family."
     The movies may fool her and take her up on the jest, just as television has gone through contortions to get her in its clutches.  For the live shows in her series, Shirley spends a maximum of three days away from her stylish home in Atherton, Calif.  Any other TV production requires at least a couple of weeks rehearsal, but Shirley does most of her prepping in the privacy of her home and then shows up on the set for the final stages.  The filmed shows are being compressed into even less time.
     There is one other hurdle the movies will have to clear:  Shirley's husband and their two daughter and son.  It'll be like trying to get a bill through congress.
     "THE WHOLE family gets to together and votes on all of the major decisions," Shirley said.  "You'd be surprised how sensible the children can be about matters like this, and I don't think they would want me away from home any more than I am right now."
     As for her husband, he stays completely in the background in Shirley's professional affairs, but it is obvious that the handsome, 180-pound six-footer is a determined as she is to keep things in balance.
     They've already had a taste of what can happen when the chemistry of fame, mixed with fresh portions of public limelight, is set in motion.  Even during her retirement, Shirley averaged about 100 fan letters a week.  Since her television debut, they have climbed into the thousands.
     "It's a shame I don't get to answer any of them," Shirley remarked, "but I don't have a secretary.  I don't even have a decent photograph to send to any of my fans."
     While Shirley remembers her childhood as idyllic, she probably remembers, too, how she frequently had to be protected from her own popularity.
     THERE WAS the time when her parents, who had never been out of California, decided it would be nice to take a motor trip up to Oregon and Washington.  So, without telling anyone, they started out--just Shirley and Mr. and Mrs. George Temple.
     They were hardly out of town before they noticed they were being followed, not by one car, but by dozens.  Then the cars began to drive up alongside on both sides.  The folks simply wanted to see Shirley.
     Soon there were collisions and sideswipes, and finally the road was jammed.  Troopers rescued them, the studio was notified and a carful of bodyguards was rushed up to escort them on their way.
     It was the last time the family enjoyed an informal outing.
     It's this sort of thing that Shirley doesn't want for herself any more or for her own family.  At best, though, it's going to be a tough thing to fight off, for Shirley is still the magic Temple.
(Copyright, 1958, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

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