The Truth About Shirley Temple’s “Wizard of Oz” Connection Among Shirley’s oft-cited literary favorites was the Wizard of Oz book series by L. Frank Baum and his posthumous successor, Ruth Plumly Thompson. In pictorial layouts of the Temple home, the Oz books were clearly visible on her bedroom shelf, and references were made to her interest in the adventures of Dorothy and her friends. In Child Star, her 1988 autobiography, Temple Black herself claimed that when her mother suggested she could play Dorothy in the movies, Shirley replied that she wanted to meet Dorothy, so absorbed was she in the Oz stories.
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