#143 Bill Cotton / Shirley Temple – 23 April 1928

Bill Cotton

Sir William Frederick “Bill” Cotton, CBE (23 April 1928 – 11 August 2008) was a British television producer and executive, and the son of big-band leader Billy Cotton. In 1970, Cotton was promoted to Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC. In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968), Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969), The Two Ronnies (1971) and Bruce Forsyth’s Generation Game (1971). Cotton’s era was generally seen as the most popular in the history of BBC Light Entertainment. Cotton was a Vice President of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. He received a BAFTA Fellowship Award in 1998. He was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to Television Broadcasting and Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2001. He had previously been awarded a CBE in 1989 and an OBE in 1976.

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Black (née Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her screen career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, skyrocketed to superstardom in Bright Eyes. She received a special Academy Award in February 1935, and blockbusting super hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed. She left the film industry at the age of 12 to attend high school. She sat on the boards of many corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple was the recipient of many awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.


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