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Stand up and cheer, because Shirley Temple is on Twitter

Shirley Temple, perhaps Hollywood's most famous child actress, is getting into Twitter at the age of 84.


Jordan Valinsky


Posted on Jan 25, 2013   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 2:44 am CDT

Shirley Temple, one of Hollywood’s first child stars, is now on Twitter.

Best known for her string of roles in the 1930s, including her breakthrough role in Stand Up and Cheer!, the lauded actress is tweeting up a storm since joining Wednesday. “Thanks for following me,” tweeted Temple in her first tweet, and directed fans to her website.

The 84-year-old has collected 6,000 followers in her short stint and follows eight people. She’s outed herself as a possible Community fan as she follows Shirley—a.k.a. Yvette Nicole Brown—from the NBC show.

It hasn’t taken long for the storied actress (who looks a lot like New York anchor legend Sue Simmons!) to adeptly figure out how to use the website.  On Thursday, she was already hosting a question and answer session with the hashtag #askshirley.

“good morning,love to you all~starting to see-how this all works,i will tryto answer somequestions ifyou use #askshirley did i do that right?,” she tweeted managing to sneak all those words into the 140 character limit.

A fan asked about her political ambitions (she became active in the Republican Party following her acting stint, and served as the ambassador to several countries) and why she quit acting.

“i was drawn to diplomacy-to create a more peaceful world.I have great respect for the Foreign Service.(i left acting in 1950)~,” she replied.

And now 60 years later, she’s bringing respect to Twitter.

Photo via @TempleShirleyJ/Twitter

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2013, 2:23 pm CST