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Archives: That time Omaha held a Shirley Temple look-alike contest
By Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer


We lost one of the most iconic stars in Hollywood history this week.

Shirley Temple, who died at 85 this Monday, was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, bringing smiles to Depression-era moviegoers with her song, dance and adorbz.

She was such a big star that the Brandeis department stores held a Shirley Temple look-alike contest in the spring of 1935.









Has Shirley a Midwestern twin?






Ms. Temple herself commended the effort. And also, how about that runaway stalker story on the left?






Once the entries were submitted, the people cast their votes. The ballots were counted by these decidedly not adorable men.






A 4-year-old girl from Iowa named DianaLee Canon won the contest.






DianaLee got a whole $25.



Here's a photo of fourth-place finisher Shirley Doran, striking her best Shirley Temple pose. She even has the same first name as the actress-singer! The picture was sent in by Doran's daughter, Johnna T. Eck.



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