Shirley Temple Fan Fulfills Promise to Late Father

By Bob Redell and Geoffrey Eisler
|  Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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Jennifer Vargas Bennett made a promise to her late father that when Shirley Temple died, she would lay flowers at the late child actress's home. And that's what she did with her daughter on Tuesday morning in Woodside. Bob Redell reports
 
 the day shirley temple died we would bring flowers.

Jennifer Vargas Bennett made a promise to her late father that when Shirley Temple died, she would lay flowers at the late child actress's home. And that's what she did with her daughter on Tuesday morning in Woodside. Bob Redell reports the day shirley temple died we would bring flowers.

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Iconic Former Child Star Shirley Temple Dies

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to her publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Kris Sanchez reports.
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A Bay Area mother who grew up watching Shirley Temple has fulfilled a promise to her late father.

Jennifer Vargas Bennett was raised on Shirley Temple movies. Now, she is raising her 2-year-old daughter, Raelin, to admire the Hollywood icon, who died overnight at age 85. Tuesday morning, the pair left a bouquet of flowers outside Temple’s home in the town of Woodside, Calif.

The simple act fulfills a promise Bennett made to her father 20 years ago.

“When I first had kids, my dad and I made some promises, and one of them on our bucket list of things was, the day Shirley Temple died, we would bring flowers,” Bennett said. “My dad unfortunately passed away 10 years ago, so he is unable to be here today.”

Just like her mother, little Raelin is also being raised on a steady diet of Shirley Temple, who wasn't much older – only 6 years old – when she had already started in 20 Hollywood films.

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