Hollywood lost two of its notables this week.
Shirley Temple, America's Darling, died Monday, February 10, at the age of 85. She was one of the most popular child actors, beginning her career at the age of 3; by the time she was 10 she was a box office sensation. She sang, she danced, she charmed. Her box office power has been credited with saving 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy during the Great Depression.
On Wednesday we learned of the death of pioneering TV comic Sid Caesar at 91. He was best known for the brilliant Your Show of Shows which aired in the early 1950s. He also appeared in films like Grease and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Caesar's shows nurtured the careers of comic writers the likes of Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, and Mel Brooks.
Want to read more about Shirley Temple? Check out OPLs selection of book titles.
And don’t forget about our selection of the DVDs!
Reference librarians can help you find other actor biographies in our collection, from Mary Pickford to Cary Grant to Brangelina. Come visit us at the Main Library and explore our large selection of biographies. Want to browse online? Click on the link below for recent actor biographies.
The Adult Reference Services desk at the Main Library also has a large selection of Film Reference resources. Here are just a few types of references we have on hand for you to explore:
Encyclopedia of the documentary film / Ian Aitken, editor (2006)
A comprehensive encyclopedia of film noir : the essential reference guide / John Grant (2013)
Encyclopedia of sports films / K. Edgington, Thomas L. Erskine with James M. Welsh (2011)
Also check out the Gale virtual reference library [electronic resource] where you can search and browse the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 2001.
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