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Shirley Temple memorabilia evokes memories and the magic of movie stars

Shirley Temple memorabilia evokes memories and the magic of movie stars

On a warm afternoon in early June, when a sane person would have headed for the beach or at least the backyard, I discovered that a collection of Shirley Temple's toys, dolls, costumes and childhood memorabilia was on display in the Santa Monica History Museum and I went to see it. I could pretend I went strictly as a journalist and critic, curious as to who and what I would observe, but that wouldn't be completely true. I went in part because I was a fan — of Shirley Temple, not toys — and that's what fans do. But why do fans do things like that, what's behind the behavior that's so central to the moviegoing experience? I wanted a chance to think...

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