Is Honey Boo Boo today's Shirley Temple Rosie O'Donnell likens seven-year-old reality star's 'presence and intellect' to that of Thirties child actress
18:35 GMT, 8 October 2012
Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, has been likened to one of history's most famous child stars, Shirley Temple.
Parallels were drawn between the two blonde haired personalities as Rosie O'Donnell discussed her obsession with the TLC spin-off show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The TV presenter told how the seven-year-old pageant star's 'presence' and 'intellect' reminded her of Temple, who launched her glittering film career in 1932, aged three.
Screen stars: Shirley Temple (left) launched her film career in 1932 aged three, while seven-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, (right) hit the small screen for the first time this January
Ms O'Donnell,50, described to People: '[Alana] is like Shirley Temple. She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years.'
As with Alana, it was Temple's mother who encouraged her to take up singing, dancing and
acting as a youngster.
TV addict: Rosie O'Donnell has revealed that she is obsessed with the TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
At the age of three she was enrolled
at the Ethel
Meglin Dance Studios in Hollywood and she went on to star in a number
of hit films including Bright Eyes, Curly Top and Heidi during the
Child superstar: Temple is considered one of the greatest female American screen legend of all time
aged 84, and known as Shirley Temple Black, she is ranked as the
eighteenth greatest female American screen legends of all time by the American Film Institute.
Alana hit the small screen in January in an episode of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras, and her amusing antics became an instant hit with viewers.
As well as Alana, Ms O'Donnell went on to praise other members of the spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which ended its first season last month.
'I love Mama June. I love Sugar Bear. I
love Chubbs… I love 'em all,' she added.
Since premiering on August 8, the show has attracted millions of viewers.
Its August 29 installment attracted nearly 3 million viewers, eclipsing every network's coverage of the Republican National Convention and Paul Ryan's speech.
Ms O'Donnell, who also impersonated Honey Boo Boo's mother June Shannon during the People interview, concluded: 'I'd love to meet them and buy them a house.'