Shirley Temple

Actor, Film actor

1928 – 2014

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Who was Shirley Temple?

Shirley Temple Black was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures during 1934, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row in a Motion Picture Herald poll.

Famous Quotes:

  • I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.

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Born
Apr 23, 1928
Santa Monica
Also known as
  • Shirley Jane Temple
  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Shirley Temple-Black
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Methodism
Ethnicity
  • English people
  • Dutch people
  • Germans
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard-Westlake School
  • Westlake School for Girls
  • Meglin Dance Studio
Employment
  • United States Ambassador to Ghana
  • United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia
Lived in
  • Santa Monica
  • Brentwood
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington, D.C.
  • California
  • Atherton
Died
Feb 10, 2014
Woodside

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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