Shirley Temple (1928-2014) was a famous American actress, singer and dancer, best known for her films produced when she was a child. Her best known films include Heidi and Curly Top.
- On Sesame Street, Mr. Snuffleupagus had a particular fascination with Temple.
- He dresses up like her in Episode 1079 for a costume-themed game show.
- In Episode 1186, he and Big Bird go off to a Shirley Temple festival he heard was at the movies. They soon return, as Snuffy says he's seen Heidi five times.
- In Episode 1854, he and Big Bird are seen returning home from a Shirley Temple movie.
- In the special Don't Eat the Pictures, while looking for the Temple of Dendor, Snuffy remarks that the only temple he's ever seen is Shirley Temple.
- Elke Sommer performs the song "Animal Crackers in My Soup" from the film Curly Top in episode 319 of The Muppet Show. Originally singing it as a cutesy girl with child-like decorations, Kermit has her update the song for their audience. When making it a sultry ballad doesn't work, they perform it with weird creatures.