"Eventually most child labor was abolished in the West, and childhood evolved into a long period of incompetence and dependency… Yet there remains one category of child who is both economically valuable and emotionally priceless: the child actor.”
-Judith Butler reviews John F. Kasson’s provocative book on the most famous child actor of them all: Shirley Temple and the Myth of Innocence
Shirley Temple, 1938.
Shirley Temple attends a party in Boston, 1938. (Boston Public Library)