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Birth information

23 April 1928 Santa Monica, California, USA

Death information

10 February 2014 Woodside, California, USA

Given Name

Shirley Jane Temple

How tall is Shirley Temple?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Charles Black
John Agar

Life Story of Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and they ultimately bought millions of dollars' worth of products that had her likeness on them. Dolls, phonograph records, mugs, hats, dresses, whatever it was, if it had her picture on there they bought it. Shirley was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38, beating out such great grown-up stars as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. By 1939, her popularity declined. Although she starred in some very good movies like Since You Went Away (1944) and the The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), her career was nearing its end. Later, she served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. It was once guessed that she had more than 50 golden curls on her head.

Significant features of Shirley Temple

Curly hair

How much money has Shirley Temple earned?

Red-Haired Alibi (1932) $50 (two days)
Kid in Hollywood (1933) $150 /week
Pardon My Pups (1934) $1,000 /wk+$35,000 bonus at the end of each film to be held in trust until contract is over+$250/wk for her mother
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Publications and Magazines about Shirley Temple

Robert Windeler The Films of Shirley Temple. 1995
Lorraine Burdick The Shirley Temple Scrapbook. 1975
Shirley Temple Black Child Star: An Auobiography. 1988
Patsy Guy Hammontree Shirley Temple Black: A Bio-Bibliography. 1998
Rita Dubas Shirley Temple: A Pictorial History of the World's Greatest Child Star. 2006
Anne Edwards Shirley Temple: American Princess. 1988

Biographical movies about Shirley Temple

Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple 2001
The Wonderful World of Disney: "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" Episode #4.13 2001
Biography: "Shirley Temple: The Biggest Little Star" 1996

What movies did Shirley Temple play or participate?

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The Red Skelton Hour (1963) Debutante, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1961) Princess Irene / The Little Mermaid / Emily Winters / ..., A Kiss for Corliss (1949) Corliss Archer, The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) Margaret O'Hara / Knowles, Adventure in Baltimore (1949) Dinah Sheldon, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) Ellen Baker, Fort Apache (1948) Philadelphia Thursday, That Hagen Girl (1947) Mary Hagen, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) Susan Turner, Honeymoon (1947) Barbara Olmstead, Kiss and Tell (1945) Corliss Archer, I'll Be Seeing You (1944) Barbara...

Birth information

23 April 1928 Santa Monica, California, USA

Death information

10 February 2014 Woodside, California, USA

Given Name

Shirley Jane Temple

How tall is Shirley Temple?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Charles Black
John Agar

Life Story of Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and they ultimately bought millions of dollars' worth of products that had her likeness on them. Dolls, phonograph records, mugs, hats, dresses, whatever it was, if it had her picture on there they bought it. Shirley was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38, beating out such great grown-up stars as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. By 1939, her popularity declined. Although she starred in some very good movies like Since You Went Away (1944) and the The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), her career was nearing its end. Later, she served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. It was once guessed that she had more than 50 golden curls on her head.

Significant features of Shirley Temple

Curly hair

How much money has Shirley Temple earned?

Red-Haired Alibi (1932) $50 (two days)
Kid in Hollywood (1933) $150 /week
Pardon My Pups (1934) $1,000 /wk+$35,000 bonus at the end of each film to be held in trust until contract is over+$250/wk for her mother
Stand Up and...

Publications and Magazines about Shirley Temple

Robert Windeler The Films of Shirley Temple. 1995
Lorraine Burdick The Shirley Temple Scrapbook. 1975
Shirley Temple Black Child Star: An Auobiography. 1988
Patsy Guy Hammontree Shirley Temple Black: A Bio-Bibliography. 1998
Rita Dubas Shirley Temple: A Pictorial History of the World's Greatest Child Star. 2006
Anne Edwards Shirley Temple: American Princess. 1988

Biographical movies about Shirley Temple

Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple 2001
The Wonderful World of Disney: "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" Episode #4.13 2001
Biography: "Shirley Temple: The Biggest Little Star" 1996

What movies did Shirley Temple play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Red Skelton Hour (1963) Debutante, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1961) Princess Irene / The Little Mermaid / Emily Winters / ..., A Kiss for Corliss (1949) Corliss Archer, The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) Margaret O'Hara / Knowles, Adventure in Baltimore (1949) Dinah Sheldon, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) Ellen Baker, Fort Apache (1948) Philadelphia Thursday, That Hagen Girl (1947) Mary Hagen, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) Susan Turner, Honeymoon (1947) Barbara Olmstead, Kiss and Tell (1945) Corliss Archer, I'll Be Seeing You (1944) Barbara...

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Shirley Temple, Sugarfoot Anderson, and Barry Fitzgerald in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Charles Black, the San Francisco businessman she married after divorcing John Agar, admitted to her, while they were courting, that he had never seen any of her movies.

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Shirley Temple, Scotty Beckett, Mary Jane Carey, Lorena Carr, etc.

Her daughter "Lorax" (Lori Black) was the bass player for the rock band The Melvins .

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Shirley Temple and Charles Farrell in Just Around the Corner (1938)

When she was to play the role of Beauty in a production of "Beauty and the Beast," she was amused when her then very young daughter remarked, "Gee, Mom, you'll make a swell Beast!".

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Randolph Scott, Shirley Temple, and Gloria Stuart in Shirley auf Welle 303 (1938)

She was considered to play Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939), and there are several stories about why she didn't. One is that 20th Century-Fox refused to lend her to MGM. Another was that MGM considered her singing limitations "insurmountable". In either case, Judy Garland got the part.

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Shirley Temple and Joel McCrea in Our Little Girl (1935)

Has three children: Susan Agar (aka Linda Susan Agar), whom Charles Black later adopted, (b. January 30, 1948), Charles Black Jr. (aka Charles Alden Black Jr. "Charlie") (born in Bethesda, Maryland on April 24, 1952) and Lori Black (aka Lori Alden Black) (b. April 9, 1954). Oddly enough, both daughters were not only born in the same hospital in Santa Monica, CA, but both were delivered by the same doctor who had delivered Shirley herself.

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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, and Alice Faye in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

She became a Dame of Malta, although not from the officially recognized Roman Catholic order but rather from a non-Roman Catholic-unaffiliated entity.

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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, and Robert Greig in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after her.

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Shirley Temple and Robert Young in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

She learned her trade at Meglin's, a popular talent school. Judy Garland was once a fellow "Meglin Kiddie".

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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, and Alice Faye in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

At age six she became the first recipient of the juvenile Academy Award. To this day she is the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award. After receiving her award from actor/writer Irvin S. Cobb, she politely thanked him, then turned to her mother and asked, "Mommy, can I go home now?" Many years later, in an appearance on the 1984 Oscar show, Temple explained what had happened. At the 1935 Oscar banquet, her special award was one of the last to be presented that evening. She had been forced to sit through the entire awards ceremony, watching all the other awards being handed out. By the time she got her award, at about 10:00 p.m., she was exhausted and ready to go home to bed.

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Shirley Temple and Charles Farrell in Just Around the Corner (1938)

Was named #18 Actress, The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.

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Shirley Temple and Charles Farrell in Just Around the Corner (1938)

Second husband Charles Black was a businessman and maritime issues consultant. He served on a Commerce Department advisory committee and several National Research Council panels. He also co-founded a Massachusetts-based company that developed unmanned deep-ocean search and survey imaging systems. He died of bone marrow disease at age 86 in 2005. It had been diagnosed three years earlier.

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Shirley Temple and Evelyn Venable in The Little Colonel (1935)

She calls it corny but admitted that she fell in love with Charles Black at first sight. They met while she was in Honolulu. He was working for a shipping company there at the time.

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Shirley Temple and Jean Porter in That Hagen Girl (1947)

She presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). It was a standard-sized Oscar with seven little Oscars.

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Shirley Temple, Conrad Janis, and Dorothy Peterson in That Hagen Girl (1947)

On November 1, 2006, she broke her wrist in a fall at her Northern California home.

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Shirley Temple and Frank Conroy in That Hagen Girl (1947)

Bill Robinson (aka "Bojangles Robinson") was her idol when she was a child, and she got to work with him on four pictures.

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Shirley Temple and Lois Maxwell in That Hagen Girl (1947)

At age six she was the youngest presenter at the Oscars ever. She presented the "Best Actress" award in 1935. The winner was Claudette Colbert.

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Shirley Temple and Rory Calhoun in That Hagen Girl (1947)

A non-alcoholic cocktail, "The Shirley Temple", was created in her honor. It consists of ginger ale (or 7-Up), grenadine and orange juice, topped with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon.

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Shirley Temple and Jean Porter in That Hagen Girl (1947)

In a 1988 interview with Larry King, she stated that out of the $3 million she generated for 20th Century-Fox she only saw $45,000 in her trust fund.

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Shirley Temple, Conrad Janis, and Jean Porter in That Hagen Girl (1947)

A vocal supporter of the Vietnam War, when running for Congress as a Republican in 1967 she consistently argued that the US needed to send more troops to Southeast Asia.

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Shirley Temple, Dorothy Dell, and Adolphe Menjou in Little Miss Marker (1934)

Her childhood home is located in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles at 231 Rockingham Avenue.

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Shirley Temple and Robert Young in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine St. on February 8, 1960.

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Shirley Temple and Robert Young in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

When Gary Cooper first met her on the set of their movie Now and Forever (1934), he asked for her autograph.

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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, and Allan Lane in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

Aunt of Marina Black.

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Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, etc.

Her two reputations (child star and ambassador) were once parodied on Saturday Night Live (1975). In the skit, Temple (played by Laraine Newman) is ambassador to Ghana, but still in her cute child star persona. She cutely talks Ghana's president (Garrett Morris) out of waging wars.

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Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, and Jennifer Jones in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

While at MGM in 1941, Shirley's mother turned down Babes on Broadway (1941), Panama Hattie (1942), National Velvet (1944), an Andy Hardy entry and Barnacle Bill (1941) for Shirley as not showcasing the child star properly. MGM finally put her into Kathleen (1941) and settled her contract.

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Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, and Jennifer Jones in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

In 1965, she filmed a television pilot called "Go Fight City Hall" but it did not sell.

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Shirley Temple in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

From 1964-66 she chaired the program division of the San Francisco Film Festival. She resigned that position when she objected to the "pornographic" content of Mai Zetterling's Night Games (1966).

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Shirley Temple in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

In 1967 she ran against Paul McCloskey in the Republican primary for California's 11th Congressional District. McCloskey won with 52,878 votes to her 34,521. One of the newspaper headlines read: "McCloskey Torpedoes Good Ship Lollypop".

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Shirley Temple and Lon McCallister in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

In 1972 she was sworn in as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the President's Council on Environment. It was while serving in that position that she underwent a radical mastectomy.

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Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, and Pierre Watkin in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

In the fall of 1974 she was appointed American Ambassador to Ghana. Her excellent record during her two years in that position prompted Henry Kissinger to refer to her as "able and tough".

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Shirley Temple and Lon McCallister in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

In the summer of 1976 she was named Chief of Protocol for the US State Department.

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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, and Arthur Treacher in Sonnenscheinchen (1936)

On Easter Sunday 1936, Joel McCrea sent Shirley a live bunny as a gift.

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