If you grew up anytime after the bulk of Shirley Temple‘s film career, which more or less ran from the early 1930s to the late 1940s, then Temple seemed less like a person and more like an icon. A Mickey Mouse, if you will.
But she was a person, one who accomplished a great deal in and out of Hollywood. She died Monday.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Yahoo! on the occasion of Temple’s 85th birthday.