Child Star, Shirley Temple, Dies At 85. Oh The Memories!


We lost another great one!

On Monday, February 10th, beautiful and engaging child star, Shirley Temple Black died at 85 years of natural causes, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Woodside, California.

She was and will remain the most gifted of child stars, influencing a legacy of child stars as the years rolled by.

However, her greatest gift was her and vivacious presence every time she graced the silver screen. She was an honest, perhaps precocious, but always loveable little girl that every adult wanted to adopt and every child wished to emulate.

As the years moved on, so did she, paving a road totally removed from her show business career. She maintained an enviable career in politics while raising a lovely family.

The current crop of young artists can learn a great deal from the manner in which Shirley Temple balanced her career with her personal life.

She was always the consummate professional and never had to give in to the attention-seeking escapades that so many young starts seem destined to do in this day and age.

She is survived by her three children, as well as grand and great-grandchildren.

The MasterclassLady.Com Community wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Shirley Temple Black’s family and friends. R.I.P. Shirley. Your legacy will continue on screen and through the lives of the wonderful family you nurtured.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Child Star, Shirley Temple, Dies At 85. Oh The Memories!”

  1. She is a wonderful model for all humans.


  2. another icon of our childhood gone. What a gal she was. Well loved and well balanced. Thank you Shirley Temple Black.


  3. What a great child role model Shirley was to follow. She was the package: talented as a singer, dancer & actor! I should rent a movie to share with my youngest Granddaughter (the performer). RIP, Shirley.


  4. She was wonderful, she was a great performer, and she was one of the few child stars who went on to have a family and a great career even though it was removed from acting. I watched The Little Princess not that long ago again.. how amazing she was. RIP.


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