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Shirley Temple Black moved from big screen to TV with 'Storybook' series

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While Shirley Temple Black, who died Feb. 11, was well-known for her feature films, she also lent her name to a TV series called “Shirley Temple's Storybook.”

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The show, which ran from 1958 to 1961, according to, featured adaptations of children's stories starring Shirley as a grown woman and other well-known actors. The shows included “The Little Mermaid” with Ray Walston (“My Favorite Martian”), and Cathleen Nesbitt, “Kim” with Michael Rennie and Alan Napier (Alfred on the '60s “Batman” TV series), “Babes in Toyland,” a Christmas episode with herself, her three children and Angela Cartwright (“Lost in Space” and "Make Room For Daddy") and “The Land of Oz,” adapted from L. Frank Baum's “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” with Shirley playing Princess Ozma and co-starring Agnes Moorehead and Jonathan Winters. Shirley would make an appearance at the beginning of each episode, whether she was in them or not. A six-DVD set with 11 episodes from the series is still available. Collectors might be interested in a storybook issued at the time of the show that featured the original tales used in the series.

These, of course, aren't the films that Shirley is most famous for, but they continued the tradition of the family-friendly entertainment associated with her.


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