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18 Reasons Shirley Temple Was Basically The Coolest Kid Ever

The actress, who died on Monday at 85, will always live on in our hearts.

1. From 1932–1949, Shirley Temple was cast in 59 movies.

 

2. And she starred in her most successful roles before she was even a teenager!

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Here she is as Penny in Now and Forever at age 6.

3. Though many of her movies are now over 80 years old, her characters have remained timeless and iconic.

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4. She’s undoubtedly your first and fondest childhood memory.

Thanks for introducing me to Shirley, Grandma.

5. Because she could sing and dance and was just too adorable.

 

6. You wanted those legendary curls!

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And most likely tried to recreate them for Halloween at least once.

7. And you perfected the “Military Man” dance.

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8. Eating junk food with her would have been so fun!

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9. She had an excellent approach to eating in general.

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10. Or singing on the Good Ship about lollipops.

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11. Being an accidental stowaway would have been really exciting.

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12. And Bright Eyes made you want to travel anywhere on an airplane.

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13. She taught you everything you needed to know.

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14. Like how to dance up stairs in The Little Colonel.

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15. And how to make the best of a bad situation in Heidi.

 

16. She showed you how to be sassy.

17. And when she cried in The Blue Bird, you cried because you were learning the truth about happiness.

 

18. And most importantly, she proved that she’ll always be The Little Princess.

 

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