|My Mom, right, all 'Templified'|
Millions of people worldwide agreed.
So it was a very sad thing to wake this morning to the news that Ms. Temple-Black had died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Woodside, California last night.
Whether or not you were a fan of her prolific amounts of movies, short films, and tv appearances (some now over 80 years old!) or enjoyed her precocious and emphatic portrayals of everything from little princesses to waifs alike. . .or whether you even knew about her long and valued career as a foreign diplomat. . .there is something you have to appreciate about her: She handled being arguably the first and biggest child star fairly well.
She was briefly married at 17, divorcing barely four years later, which is, by most accounts the 'blackest' mark on both her childhood and adulthood. She married again at 22 and that marriage lasted for a beautiful 54 years, until her husband's death.
Given the downward spiral of many contemporary childhood actors via drugs, alcohol, legal troubles and broken relationships, that's not a bad record. Not bad at all.
So thank you, Ms. Temple, for your talent, work ethic, service to our country and for showing us, after all, that you can be responsible AND famous.
You will be missed!