George Bernard Shaw offered her the lead in his stage version of Caesar and Cleopatra, not realizing she was a child.
One time little Shirley walked into the commissary and was picked up by a friendly executive,” How are you doing sweetheart?” The room went quiet. Everyone was staring. If he dropped her no more Shirley Temple movies, everyone there could lose their jobs. Very gently he put her down and backed away.
Shirley’s grit and determination represented the American spirit to the world. A false report of her death in Hirohito’s Japan in 1943 set off a wild celebration in the streets.