Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm? Not me…

I just learned of the passing of Shirley Temple Black on Monday, 10 February 2014.

Awww… I’m sorry to hear that. It’s the end of a legend. She was 85.

More about the life of Shirley Temple.

When I was a kid, I was known to my family and friends as “Becky.” Not “Rebecca” but “Becky.” Of course I knew my name was Rebecca but it was only used in a school situation when the teachers would always call me “Rebecca” and then would always say “Rebecca-of-Sunnybrook Farm?” – and I’d always just laugh and say “no.”

I heard that so many times growing up it became nauseating to me. Later, after age 20 or so, my first husband decided he liked “Rebecca” rather than “Becky” so I reverted to the use of my real name from then on. I think my family and friends never really got used to that, but I’ve been “Rebecca” ever since then, except when I’m online where I’m known as “Bex” mainly for the convenience of it.

I also grew up watching the old Shirley Temple movies and I did love them. I was amazed at what that little girl could do on stage. What a talent! Now there are thousands of little girls who seem to have a lot of talent out there, all over the place. But Shirley Temple was it for my generation as well as those Little Rascals… remember them?

So I take my hat off (if I had a hat) to the passing of a wonderfully talented little girl. They don’t really make ’em like Shirley Temple any more!

And thanks to my friend, Mz. Em, at Words of Mine, for letting us know this news. I’ve been otherwise detained here today in watching tennis and hadn’t seen any newscasts at all.



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We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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8 Responses to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm? Not me…

  1. I too wore my hair in Shirley Temple curls. I remember clearly the morning ritual. The song I’ve heard my whole life is *Goodnight Irene* Oye.


  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    I was looking at her history and was surprised to see that many of her popular movies were made around 1934.

    She was most certainly a star before my generation was even the light in anyone’s eye but all the same I loved to watch her movies on TV. They were wonderful.

    I noticed from one of the write ups for her passing that she had a website, . A good number of her movies can be purchased from that website. And as of today there is also a nice memorial page on the site.

    Goodbye, Shirley. Thanks for all those memories, spanning bittersweet to joyous.


  3. hil says:

    I love Shirley Temple! She gave me so much joy over my lifetime. I love watching her movies with my kids.


  4. A legend is gone. She lived up the road from me about 50 miles or so, south of San Francisco…Local hero…


  5. mz. em says:

    Granted Shirley was acting before I was born but I did love her movies. A piece of our history has gone and that is sad.


  6. Shirley Temple brought magic to life during my childhood. A very special human being.

    LIttle Rascals, oh how I do remember them! All those things they did, well, we tried out a lot of them at home, to my Mom’s great distress. When I had children I never allowed them to watch the program. My girls had enough wild ideas on their own, and did not need any further inspiration.


  7. l'empress says:

    People always would say “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” to my daughter Rebekah. It’s because they don’t know anything else, and most of them wouldn’t have known that if it weren’t for Shirley Temple.

    She was an extremely bright kid, not just talented, and I enjoyed her book, Child Star.

    When the owners of the film rights last marketed the VCRs of her movies, they said it was the last time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they digitized them now and sold them again as DVDs. My granddaughters might enjoy them.


  8. Sandy From Iowa says:

    I just found out a while ago also …My mom use to curl my hair up like Shirley…no way was I ever going to be like her.
    I wanted pigtails not curls.
    Sad she has left but so glad she lived a long good life and gave us all good movies to view over and over.


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