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The diminutive child film star from the 1930's Shirley Temple proved to be Hollywood's most bankable actor during the great depression. So bright was her star that her movies outgrossed those of the biggest hearthrob of the time Clark Gable. She became so famous that at just 6 years old during a visit to see Santa Claus with her mother she was asked her for her autograph by the man in red himself! While her singing so illuminated her movies, with 'The Good Ship Lollipop' being her most famous recording, unfortunately for us these songs were rarely focused on the season of goodwill.

Shirley’s most recognisable Christmas song is 'That's What I Want For Christmas' which appeared at the end of her 1936 movie 'Stowaway'. It can be found on a compilation called ‘Little Miss Wonderful’ which gathers all her best tracks. 'That's What I Want For Christmas' is as sweet as Christmas songs get with Shirley getting her priorities in the correct order and thankfully each one is as heartwarming as the next. In 1937 Shirley briefly sang ‘Silent Night’ in her role as Heidi in the movie of the same name which appears to be her only other dalliance with festive numbers. She often wrongly associated with the Gayle Peevey Christmas song 'I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas' which was released in 1953. Given that Peevey was just 10 and sported a similar set of blonde curls it's not too difficult to see why this confusion has materialised.

In 1958 Shirley narrated a series of hour long fairytale adaptions for TV called ‘Shirley Temple’s Storybook’ which included a Christmas episode called 'Mother Goose'.

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