Shirley Temple is, in some ways, a study in contradictions. She is, of course, one of the best-known child stars of all time.

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Her adorable curls and infectious smile cemented her as a box-office draw back in the early half of the 20th century at a time when America needed a cute, singing-and-dancing little girl the most.

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Shirley Temple Was A Chain Smoker

There was a time in American history when smoking was seen as an acceptable thing to do.

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According to the American Lung Association, as recently as 1965 around 40% of Americans smoked as compared to around 13% as of 2018.

Smoking was depicted openly on film and as The Guardian reports, tobacco companies paid actors to shill their products on the screen.

Even Walt Disney, who oversaw an empire that produced content largely marketed to children, was rarely photographed without a cigarette in his hand.

According to Amomama, Temple took up smoking likely in her late teens and by the time she was an adult, she was a chain smoker.

By the 1950s, by which time Temple would have been comfortably in her 20s, the dangers of cigarette smoking were starting to become better understood by the medical community, the government, and the general public.

Temple, however, continued to smoke, though she kept her habit (mostly) hidden from the public.