Ashley Rose Orr played Shirley from ages 4 to 12 in the film.
Shirley: People will still go to my movies, even if they didn't like this one, won't they?
Mrs. Temple: Just because the critics didn't like it doesn't mean the audience won't. And you know it's never been about your movies. It's always been about you.
Shirley: How come my Oscar is smaller than everyone else's?
Mrs. Temple: They made it special just for you. You made more movies than anyone else last year.
Shirley: Then shouldn't my Oscar be the biggest one?
Shirley: (at age 16, after getting her first adult role all on her own) What's the matter, Mom?
Mrs. Temple: You don't need us anymore.
Shirley: I do need you. I need you to love me, just like you always have. I'm never going to stop needing that, Mom--not ever.
Shirley: (filming a scene for "The Little Colonel") "Teached" isn't right, is it?
Lionel Barrymore: No. "Taught" is correct.
Shirley: Taught, then. What was her name?
Lionel Barrymore: (long pause, calls out to director) Line!
Shirley: (whispers to him) "Her name was Amintus."
Lionel Barrymore: I've been in this business 30 years! Maybe you'd like to play both parts. (storms off)
3-year-old Shirley and 16-year-old Shirley were portrayed by famous actress Melissa Joan Hart's two younger sisters: Samantha Hart at age 3, and Emily Hart at age 16.