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Also Known As: Shirley Temple, Shirley Jane Temple, Shirley Jane Temple Died: February 10, 2014
Born: April 23, 1928 Cause of Death: COPD
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, US ambassador, United Nations ambassador

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Shirley Temple emblazoned herself on the American cinema as something both otherworldly and accessible, a tiny angel sent to assuage the ills of mortal adults, as well as an archetype of the adorable, precocious moppet every parent wanted. Appearing in front of the camera at age four, she flashed her signature dimples or pout in more than 40 movies like "Curly Top" (1935) and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1937) before she was a teenager. She tapped with legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in four movies, made songs like "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers" pop cultural staples and was once credited by President Franklin Roosevelt for helping the United States through the bleak years of the Great Depression. She had mostly bowed out of show business by her adult years, but returned to the public eye under her married name of Shirley Temple Black in the late 1960s as a U.S. diplomat. However it would be her heyday years that would be best remembered, with Temple establishing a Hollywood idiom of the power of earnest innocence over cynicism, as well as making timeless the idea of a largely mythical "simpler America." Shirley Temple died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014. ...

Shirley Temple emblazoned herself on the American cinema as something both otherworldly and accessible, a tiny angel sent to assuage the ills of mortal adults, as well as an archetype of the adorable, precocious moppet every parent wanted. Appearing in front of the camera at age four, she flashed her signature dimples or pout in more than 40 movies like "Curly Top" (1935) and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1937) before she was a teenager. She tapped with legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in four movies, made songs like "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers" pop cultural staples and was once credited by President Franklin Roosevelt for helping the United States through the bleak years of the Great Depression. She had mostly bowed out of show business by her adult years, but returned to the public eye under her married name of Shirley Temple Black in the late 1960s as a U.S. diplomat. However it would be her heyday years that would be best remembered, with Temple establishing a Hollywood idiom of the power of earnest innocence over cynicism, as well as making timeless the idea of a largely mythical "simpler America." Shirley Temple died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Why Havel? (1991)
2.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Herself (Archival Footage)
3.
 Adventure in Baltimore (1949) Dinah Sheldon
4.
 The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) Margaret O'Hara
5.
 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) Ellen Baker
6.
 A Kiss for Corliss (1949) Corliss Archer
7.
 Fort Apache (1948) Philadelphia Thursday
8.
 The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947) Susan [Turner]
9.
 Honeymoon (1947) Barbara [Ohmstead]
10.
 That Hagen Girl (1947) Mary Hagen
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Milestones close milestones

1931:
Appeared in "Baby Burlesks" risque comedy series as well as shorts produced by Educational Films
1932:
First feature, "Red Haired Alibi"
1934:
Signed by Fox Studios (soon to become 20th Century Fox)
1934:
Achieved star status with "Stand Up and Cheer"
1934:
Landed lead in "Bright Eyes"; performed signature song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
1935:
Touted as Hollywood's No. 1 box office star four years in a row
1935:
Danced with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in "The Littlest Rebel"
1937:
Starred in "Heidi"
1938:
Appeared in the remake of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"
1939:
Played title role in "The Littlest Princess"
1940:
Left 20th Century-Fox
1941:
Signed by MGM; appeared in "Kathleen"
1942:
Made last MGM film "Miss Annie Rooney"
:
Put under contract by David O. Selznick
1944:
Appeared with Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones in "Since You Went Away"
1947:
Starred opposite Cary Grant in "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"
1949:
Last features, "The Story of Seabiscuit" and "A Kiss for Corliss"
1958:
Hosted own TV series "Shirley Temple's Storybook"; later renamed "Shirley Temple Theatre" (NBC, ABC)
1967:
Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress
1969:
Appointed by President Richard Nixon as U.S. representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly
1974:
Served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana; appointed by President Gerald R. Ford
1976:
Appointed as first female Chief of Protocol of the U.S.
1981:
Joined the U.S. delegation on African Refugee Problems, Geneva
1987:
Made first honorary U.S. Foreign Service Representative for the State Department
1988:
Published her memoir <i>Child Star</i>
1989:
Named U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Ronald Reagan
1989:
Named Grand Marshal of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade
1998:
Was one of the honorees at The Kennedy Center Honors
2001:
Served as consultant for "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" the ABC movie adaptation of her autobiography
2006:
Given Lifetime Achievement Award at 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Notes

She, of course, had a non-alcoholic cocktail named for her, consisting of grenadine syrup and ginger ale.

The English author Graham Greene wrote a now famous article about Temple in which he alleged that she was really an adult impersonatimg a child after seeing her performance in "Wee Willie Winkie" in 1937.

"You've heard of chess champions at eight and violin virtuosos at ten. Well, she is an Ethel Barrymore at six." --Adolphe Menjou, facing the unenviable task of co-starring opposite Temple during the production of "Little Miss Marker" (1934)

"i'm very proud of what I did and I loved my career and have good, funny memories and all the good things that come with 19 years of working as an actress. And then I've had 25 years of fascinating work in diplomatic service, so it's certainly two different career tracks, both completely different but both very rewarding, personally." --Shirley Temple Black to New York Post, April 23, 1996.

Made special assistant to chairman of the President's Council on the Environment from 1970-72.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
John Agar. Actor. Married in 1945; divorced in 1949; born in 1920.
husband:
Charles Black. Businessman. Married in 1950; born in 1919.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George Francis Temple. Born in 1888; died in 1980.
mother:
Gerturde Amelia Temple. Born in 1893; died in 1977.
brother:
John Stanley Temple. Born in 1915.
brother:
George Francis Temple Jr. Born in 1919.
daughter:
Linda Susan Agar. Born in 1948.
son:
Charles Alden Black Jr. Born in 1952.
daughter:
Lori Alden Black. Born in 1954.
granddaughter:
Theresa Falaschi. Born in 1980.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Child Star"

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