Now hold on.... I know you're thinking, "Shirley Temple?... the annoyingly cute little curly headed kid from the 1930's movies is Girl Friday?"
The Shirley Temple I've selected as this week's Girl Friday is actually the version found somewhere between the 1930's moppet and the 1960's beehive topped Republican Ambassador :)
Shirley Temple was one of the original actresses to fall victim to her own success as a child star. She was so wildly popular as a little kid, that no one could see her in any other role. The public refused to let her grow up in their minds. As she became a beautiful young woman, roles got harder to find and the ones that she did get didn't receive positive reviews for the most part.
Ms. Temple married briefly the first time at age 17. That marriage ended in divorce and she married her second husband, Charles Alden Black, in 1950. They stayed together until he passed away in 2005. Shirley was active in the Republican Party and served her country as a representative to the United Nations General Assembly, as well as being Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia over the years.
Compare that track record of Marriage and Career to most of the more recent child stars, and see how they measure up ...