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Shirley Temple Black Has a Book: No Kisses, Lots of Tell

June 02, 1988|DENNIS McLELLAN | Times Staff Writer

The broadcast went on and while Shirley was on stage singing "Some Day You'll Find Your Blue Bird," she noticed men in suits coming down the aisles. The woman who had been at the window was in the front row and the FBI agents got to her just as the woman pulled a gun out of her purse and pointed it at Shirley.

Black said the woman's daughter had been stillborn and, in the woman's mind, Shirley Temple had taken her dead daughter's place in life.

Black said she gave up acting when she was 22 because "I had had enough pretend. I wanted to be in the real world."

Are there any villains in the book?

"Yes," said Black, explaining that's why she waited so long to write her autobiography: Many of the people she writes about are now dead. "Doesn't everyone's life have villains?" she said.

When pressed to name them, Black smiled her Shirley Temple smile and said, "I want you to read the book."

On the way out of the press conference room, Black was introduced to Amos, who was promoting his book, "The Power in You." As they posed for pictures together, Amos suddenly pulled a kazoo out of his pocket and began serenading Black with a lively rendition of "The Good Ship Lollipop."

Lest her publisher have any doubt about the drawing power of Shirley Temple Black 54 years after she first sang that song in the movie "Bright Eyes," the line of people waiting for autographs at the McGraw-Hill exhibit booth resembled the line for the Matterhorn on a busy day at Disneyland.

Fittingly, the publisher's representatives handed out lollipops to those waiting in line.

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