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Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
Sixteen-year-old Temple in 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario at a ceremony to raise money for Canadian Victory bonds.
Personal information
Birth nameShirley Jane Temple
Birth dateApril 23, 1928(age 88)
Place of birthSanta Monica, California, U.S.
NationalityU.S.A
Other namesShirley Temple
EducationTutors; Private high school
Alma materWestlake School for Girls (1940 - 1945)
OccupationFilm actress (1932 50)
TV actress/entertainer (1958 65)
Public servant (1969 92)
Autobiographer (1988)
Years active1932 50 (film actress)
Known forJuvenile film roles
Notable worksBright Eyes; The Little Colonel; Curly Top; Wee Willie Winkie; Heidi; The Little Princess; Since You Went Away; The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer; Fort Apache; Shirley Temple's Storybook; Child Star; et. al. Often confused for playing in Annie although she was not a part of that production.
Television programmeShirley Temple's Storybook (1958 - 1958); The Shirley Temple Show (1960 - 1961)
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJohn Agar
(1945 50, divorce)
Charles Alden Black
(1950 2005, his death)
ChildrenLinda Susan (Linda Susan Agar)
Charlie Jr. (Barton Sunday)
Lori Alden Black
AwardsAcademy Award
Kennedy Center Honors
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

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Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928), later known as Shirley Temple Black, is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of four (thought by the public to be three) , and in 1934, skyrocketed to superstardom in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Academy Award in February 1935, 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 at the age of 12 to attend high school. 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 (1935 38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll.

Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on various television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of many corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of many awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.


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