I always liked her--can you believe it? Me and Nam agreeing on something and it's Shirley Temple. Satan is strapping on his speed skates.
She was a lot like the plucky, upbeat characters she played. IIRC she found out on her 12th birthday that she was really 13-- her folks had always lied about her age to make her more marketable. Instead of being freaked out, she said, "Well, I guess I get two birthdays today!"
Because of how she got treated financially-- she found at 21 that she had been cheated out of all her millions and had nothing--they made new laws protecting the rights of child actors.
She was the classiest and most talented of the child stars, and when that was over, went on to other things. There will never be another like her.