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Shirley Temple Biography and Filmography
Shirley Temple
Birthday: April 23, 1928
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 5' 2"
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The jury is still out as to whether or not curly haired Shirley Temple was the most talented child star in movie history; there is little doubt, however, that she was the most consistently popular. The daughter of non-professionals, she started taking singing and dancing classes at the age of three, and the following year began accompanying her mother on the movie audition circuit. Hired by the two-reel comedy firm of Educational Pictures in 1933, she starred in an imitation Our Gang series called the Baby Burlesks, performing astonishingly accurate impressions of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich; she was also featured in the films of Educational's other stars, including Andy Clyde and Frank Coghlan Jr. In 1934 she was signed by Fox Pictures, a studio then teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. After a handful of minor roles she created a sensation by stopping the show with her rendition of "Baby Take a Bow" in Fox's Stand Up and Cheer. She was promptly promoted to her own starring features, literally saving Fox (and its successor 20th Century Fox) from receivership, and earned a special Oscar in 1934 "in grateful recognition to her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment." With such tailor-made vehicles as Bright Eyes (1934), Curly Top (1935), The Little Colonel (1935), Dimples (1936), and Heidi (1937), Temple was not only America's number one box-office attraction, but a merchandising cash cow, inspiring an unending cascade of Shirley Temple dolls, toys, and coloring books. She also prompted other studios to develop potential Shirley Temples of their own, such as Sybil Jason and Edith Fellows (ironically, the only juvenile actress to come close to Temple's popularity was 20th Century Fox's own Jane Withers, who got her start playing a pint-sized villain in Temples' Bright Eyes). Though the Fox publicity mill was careful to foster the myth that Temple was just a "typical" child with a "normal" life, her parents carefully screened her friends and painstakingly predetermined every move she made in public. Surprisingly, she remained an unspoiled and most cooperative coworker, though not a few veteran character actors were known to blow their stacks when little Temple, possessed of a photographic memory, corrected their line readings. By 1940, Temple had outgrown her popularity, as indicated by the failure of her last Fox releases The Blue Bird and Young People. The following year, MGM, who'd originally wanted Temple to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, cast her in Kathleen, another box-office disappointment which ended her MGM association almost before it began. Under the auspices of producers Edward Small and David O. Selznick, Temple enjoyed modest success as a teenaged actress in such productions as 1942's Miss Annie Rooney (in which Dickie Moore gave her first screen kiss) and 1944's Since You Went Away. Still, the public preferred to remember the Shirley Temple that was, reacting with horror when she played sexually savvy characters in Kiss and Tell (1945) and That Hagen Girl (1947). Perhaps the best of her post-child star roles was spunky army brat Philadelphia Thursday in John Ford's Fort Apache (1947), in which she co-starred with her first husband, actor John Agar (the union broke up after four years when Agar began to resent being labeled "Mr. Shirley Temple"). She returned to 20th Century Fox for her last film, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949), in which played second fiddle to star Clifton Webb. Retiring on her trust fund in 1950, she wed a second time to business executive Charles Black, a marriage that would endure for several decades and produce a number of children. In 1958 she made a comeback as host of The Shirley Temple Storybook, a well-received series of children's TV specials. Her final show business assignment was the weekly 1960 anthology The Shirley Temple Show, which though not a success enabled her to play a variety of character roles — including a toothless old witch in an hour-long adaptation of Babes in Toyland! The staunchly Republican Temple went into an entirely different field of endeavor when she entered politics in the mid-'60s. The bitter taste of an unsuccessful congressional bid was dissipated in 1968 when she was appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She went on to serve as U.S. ambassador to Ghana (1974-1976) and Czechoslovakia (1989), and during the Ford and Carter years kept busy as the U.S. Chief of Protocol. In the 1980s, she went public with information about her mastectomy, providing hope and inspiration for other victims of breast cancer. Still one of the most beloved figures in the world, Temple seemingly went to great pains to dispel her goody two-shoes image in her candid 1988 autobiography Child Star, in which she cast a frequently jaundiced eye on her lifelong celebrity status, revealing among other things that several well-known Hollywood moguls had tried and failed to force their manhood upon her once she was of legal age (and even before!). No question about it: Shirley Temple has come a long way from the Good Ship Lollipop.
The Little Mermaid (1961)
Onawandah (1961)
The Terrible Clockman (1961)
Babes in Toyland (1960)
A Kiss for Corliss (1949)
[ Barbara Billingsley ]
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
Adventure in Baltimore (1949)
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Fort Apache (1948)
That Hagen Girl (1947)
[ Lois Maxwell ]
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
[ Myrna Loy ]
Honeymoon (1947)
American Creed (1946)
[ Ingrid Bergman ][ Jennifer Jones ]
Kiss and Tell (1945)
Since You Went Away (1944)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ Dorothy Dandridge ][ Claudette Colbert ][ Jennifer Jones ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
[ Ginger Rodgers ]
Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
[ June Lockhart ]
Kathleen (1941)
Young People (1940)
The Blue Bird (1940)
Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
The Little Princess (1939)
Just Around the Corner (1938)
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
[ Gloria Stuart ]
Heidi (1937)
Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
Stowaway (1936)
Dimples (1936)
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
[ Gloria Stuart ]
Captain January (1936)
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Curly Top (1935)
Our Little Girl (1935)
The Little Colonel (1935)
[ Hattie McDaniel ]
Bright Eyes (1934)
Now and Forever (1934)
[ Carole Lombard ]
Baby Take a Bow (1934)
Now I'll Tell (1934)
[ Marie Gelen ]
Little Miss Marker (1934)
Change of Heart (1934)
[ Ginger Rodgers ]
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
As the Earth Turns (1934)
Mandalay (1934)
Carolina (1934)
Pardon My Pups (1934)
Managed Money (1934)
What's to Do? (1933)
To the Last Man (1933)
Dora's Dunking Doughnuts (1933)
Polly Tix in Washington (1933)
Kid in Hollywood (1933)
Out All Night (1933)
New Deal Rhythm (1933)
The Red-Haired Alibi (1932)
War Babies (1932)
Runt Page (1932)
Glad Rags to Riches (1932)
The Pie-Covered Wagon (1932)
Kid 'in' Africa (1932)
The Kid's Last Fight (1932)
Kid's Last Stand (1932)
Merrily Yours (1932)
  • 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.
  • In recent years she openly admitted to a mastectomy operation, perhaps the first public figure ever to do so, and she encouraged other women who required the surgery to follow her example without fear.
  • Her daughter "Lorax" (Lori Alden Black) was the bass player for the rock band The Melvins .
  • When Shirley Temple was to play the part of the 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!".
  • She was supposed to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but 20th Century Fox refused to lend her to MGM, so Judy Garland was cast in the role.
  • When 7-year-old Shirley Temple's life was insured with Lloyd's, the contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met with death or injury while intoxicated.
  • Has three children: Linda Susan Agar (1948), 'Charles Black Jr' (1952) and Lori Alden Black (1954).
  • Her mother, Gertrude, did her hair in pin curls for each movie... every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.
  • Breast cancer survivor.
  • Became a Dame of Malta, although NOT from the officially recognized Roman Catholic order -- but rather from a non-Roman Catholic unaffiliated entity.
  • Actresses Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after her.
  • Has a soft drink named after her
  • She learned her trade at Meglin's, a popular talent school. Judy Garland was once a fellow `Meglin Kiddie'.
  • From the 70s onward she has been active in politics for almost 30 years, she served as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and held other government-related positions in the U.S.
  • Appears on sleeve of The Beatles's "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
  • Measurements: 35-24-35 (as an adult), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Auditioned twice to be in "Our Gang" / "The Little Rascals." She apparently failed the first audition, and made the second while she was appearing in the "Baby Burlesks" series. "Our Gang" director Robert F. McGowan refused to agree to Shirley's mother's request that Shirley receive star billing with "Our Gang," so she didn't get in.
  • Briefly considered for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but it was determined that her singing limitations were "insurmountable," and Judy Garland, MGM's first choice, was cast instead.
  • She was voted the 38th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • When she was a teenager her body guard was Louis Dean Palmer, who she called 'Palmtree'.
  • Aged six became the youngest person ever to be presented with an Oscar
  • Premiere Magazine ranked her as #33 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
  • Was named #18 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends
  • According to Gary Wills' "John Wayne's America," director 'John Ford' had serious issues with women, which carried over onto his sets. When he made Wee Willie Winkie (1937) with Shirley Temple, she was a child as well as the top box office star in America and he treated her well. When she was cast in Fort Apache (1948), she was a young woman and he did not. Like her role in "Wee Willie Winkie," she played the "cute but unmanageable troublemaker at the post" who is befriended by and relies on an avuncular sergeant, both times played by Victor McLaglen . McLaglen had been blackballed by Ford for the previous seven years, but was brought back into the Ford stock company with "Fort Apache." When Ford met Shirley, whose husband John Agar he had also cast in the picture, he rudely asked her, "Now where did you go to school, Shirley? Did you graduate?"
  • Is portrayed by Ashley Rose Orr and by Emily Hart in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001) (TV)
  • Husband #2 Charles Black was a businessman and maritime issues consultant. He served on a Commerce Department advisory committee and several National Research Council panels. H 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. It had been diagnosed three years earlier.
  • She calls it corny but she 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.
  • Presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" (1939). It was a standard sized Oscar with seven little Oscars.
  • Says that she stopped believing in Santa Claus when she went to a department store to have her picture taken with him, and he asked for her autograph.

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