As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right. When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.
2. Temple's Bright Eyes co-star Jane Withers said she credits her big break to Temple
“If it hadn't been for Shirley Temple being the cutest most adorable little girl in the world, and they needed an opposite -- and boy I sure was it -- in Bright Eyes, I might've ended up selling hats in Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown, or something else.
… I'll never forget her as long as I live, and she'll always be in my heart with love and appreciation.”
2. SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard released the following statement about Temple's death
Shirley was a terrific actor whose vibrancy and brilliance set audiences on fire at a crucial time in our nation's history. More important, she was a conscientious and caring citizen whose work on behalf of her union and her country exemplified true service.
She'll be greatly missed by so many, but never forgotten. She was a true icon of the entertainment industry and beloved by her colleagues in the acting profession. Shirley simply epitomized the word 'star.' There are few more deserving of her accolades, and I am personally so pleased that she was a recipient of our Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
4. Temple spent most of her film career making movies for Fox. The studio's current CEO Jim Gianopulos released a statement addressing her legacy.
“Today as the world mourns the loss of 'America’s Little Darling,' we remember not only one of the most prolific child stars to ever grace our screens, but also a woman whose achievements reached far beyond her Hollywood career," Gianopulos said.
"Shirley Temple Black remains an integral part of Twentieth Century Fox's heritage and the bronze sculpture of her that flanks the Shirley Temple Black Child Development Center on the Fox lot serves as reminder of her enduring legacy and her ability to unite and entertain both young and old. She was an extraordinary talent and on behalf of all of us at Fox, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to her family.”
5. Actress June Lockhart remembered when Temple joined the Westlake School for Girls as a freshman after she parted ways with Fox.
Her first experience with other students, as she was tutored at the studio earlier; we became friends, and she was great fun. It was Shirley’s first time with a uniform dress code, and no lipstick was allowed. She joined the drill team, and I was the captain. While we were at Westlake, we did the film Miss Annie Rooney, and Shirley had her first screen kiss onscreen. She was one of a kind and will be missed.”
6. Barbara Walters
"I grew up on Shirley Temple. I mean she was older than I, I'm happy to say," Walters said. "And I loved and hated her. I mean, she was my idol with the little curls, and we all had to wear little curls, and I wore little curls."