Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple[note 1]
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Film actress (1932–1950)
TV actress/entertainer (1958–1965)
Public servant (1969–1992)
EducationTutors; Private high school
Known for Juvenile film roles

Temple, Shirley,

1928–2014, American child film star, b. Santa Monica, Calif., as Shirley Jane Temple. She started in movies at three-and-a-half and starred in her first feature (Stand Up and Cheer!) in 1934. An accomplished singer and tap dancer, little Shirley, with her golden curls, dimples, and dazzling smile, became one of the era's best-loved personalities and a Hollywood box-office champion during the Great Depression. In all, she made 23 movies, and was America's favorite movie star from 1935 to 1939. Her many screen hits include Little Miss Marker (1934), The Little Colonel (1935), Curly Top (1935), Dimples (1936), Heidi (1937), and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). Adolescence brought a halt to her stardom, although she had roles in several 1940s films and appeared on television in the late 1950s and early 60s. She married businessman Charles Alden Black in 1950 and, as Shirley Temple Black, became active in Republican politics, serving as a delegate to the United Nations (1969–70), U.S. protocol chief (1976–77), and ambassador to Ghana (1974–76) and to Czechoslovakia (1989–92).


See her autobiography, Child Star (1988); R. Windeler, The Films of Shirley Temple (1995); studies by R. Windeler (1976), A. Edwards (1988), and C. Fiori (1997).

Temple, Shirley

(1928–) blonde, curly-headed darling of America. [Am. Cinema: Browne, 100–111]

Temple, Shirley

(1928–  ) movie actress, diplomatic official; born in Santa Monica, Calif. Precociously talented, she was "discovered" at a dancing school and at age three and a half was appearing in a series of short films. In 1934 she made nine movies, leaping to stardom with Little Miss Marker, and winning a special Academy Award for her "outstanding contributions to screen entertainment" that year. For the next six years she was not only one of the most popular and best paid of all movie stars, she inspired a virtual cult of adulation and name-brand products. As she moved into her teens, her appeal and career faltered and she effectively retired from the movies in 1950; attempts to revive her career on television in 1958 and in 1960 also failed. Married to business executive Charles Black in 1950, as Shirley Temple Black she unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for U.S. representative and senator from California. She was appointed a U.S. representative to the United Nations (1969), ambassador to Ghana (1974–75), White House chief of protocol (1976–77), and ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989–92).
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I had my own radio show on NBC called "Coast to Coast." Shirley Temple was a movie star; I was a radio star.
One brief example gives an idea of how fast Temple-mania spread: Her breakthrough performance came from a minor role and a single musical number in Stand Up and Cheer!, released in April 1934; by October, there were Shirley Temple look-alike contests as far away as New Zealand (Kasson 124).
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Her family said: "We announce with great sadness that ambassador Shirley Temple Black, former Hollywood child star and forever 'America's little darling', peacefully passed away.
The sale of Shirley Temple dolls and spin-off products was colossal.
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Shirley Temple, the pretty little moppet who charmed her way into the sentimental hearts of 1930s filmgoers was born to a comfortably-off family in Santa Monica, California, handy for the Hollywood studios.
Shirley Temple; a pictorial history of the world's greatest child star.
As he adds, Shirley Temple also acted without maternal or any other domestic constraint.
Collectors of dolls in general and Shirley Temple memorabilia in particular will relish The Complete Guide To Shirley Temple Dolls Collectibles Identification & Value Guide (1574325051, $29.95): for here are pages packed not only with color photos of the dolls, but their accessories as well.
The ornamental quality of the work evokes an image from the Shirley Temple movie The Little Princess (1939), based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Matt Brewing Company of Utica, NY, now offers six soda varieties--Root Beer;Orange Cream, Ginger Beer, Shirley Temple, Diet Root Beer and Sparkling Lemonade.