Shirlie always wanted to perform. In her early years she trained to be a dancer. She performed at many local venues with a group of young girls, the Little Ballerinas. In San Jose, which enjoyed a relatively small town atmosphere, Shirlie obtained a degree of fame, first with the group of girls, then as a solo performer. An honor Shirlie received as a young girl reflected the agricultural nature of the Santa Clara Valley. In 1929, she was selected as a Blossom Princess at the annual Saratoga Blossom Festival. She was a mere eleven years old. That's Shirlie, the little Princess on the left.
|Saratoga Blossom Festival Blossom Princesses 1929 • Shirlie on left.|
Submitted by Joe Holt