Shirley Temple

Actress + Diplomat
Born Apr 23, 1928

Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple, 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 three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Temple.


1928 - 1931 2 More Events
While at Meglin's, she was spotted by Charles Lamont, a casting director for Educational Pictures. Although Shirley hid behind the piano while in the studio, Lamont took a shine to her, invited her to audition, and in 1932, signed her to a contract. … Read More
After Educational Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1933, her father purchased her contract for $25. … Read More
1934 6 Years Old On July 18, 1934, the contractual salary was raised to $1,000 a week and her mother's salary was raised to $250 a week, with an additional $15,000 bonus for each movie finished. … Read More
In February 1935, Shirley Temple became the first child star to be honored with a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her film accomplishments, and she added her foot- and handprints to the forecourt at Grauman's Chinese Theatre a month later. … Read More
In 1937, John Ford was hired to direct the sepia-toned Wee Willie Winkie (Temple's own favorite) and an A-list cast was signed that included Victor McLaglen, C. … Read More
1938 10 Years Old The Independent Theatre Owners Association paid for an advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter in May 1938 that included Shirley Temple on a list of actors who deserved their salaries while others, such as Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford, were described as "whose box-office draw is nil". … Read More


1939 11 Years Old 1 More Event
The film was successful, but because she made only two films in 1939 instead of three or four, Shirley dropped from number one box-office favorite in 1938 to number five in 1939.
1941 13 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As a result, her only film for Metro became Kathleen in 1941, a story about an unhappy teenager. … Read More
1942 - 1943 2 More Events
1945 17 Years Old On September 19, 1945, when Temple was 17, they married before five hundred guests in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles. … Read More


1949 21 Years Old The marriage became troubled; and Temple divorced Agar on December 5, 1949. She was awarded custody of their daughter. The divorce was finalized on December 5, 1950.
1950 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1950, Temple met Charles Alden Black, a WWII United States Navy intelligence officer and Silver Star recipient who was Assistant to the President of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. … Read More
1952 24 Years Old The family moved to Washington DC, when Black was recalled to the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War. Temple had their son, Charles Alden Black, Jr., in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 1952. … Read More


1958 30 Years Old Between January and December 1958, Temple hosted and narrated a successful NBC television anthology series of fairy-tale adaptations called Shirley Temple's Storybook. … Read More
1960 32 Years Old The show was reworked and released in color in September 1960 in a regular time-slot as The Shirley Temple Show. … Read More
1965 37 Years Old Temple continued to work on television, making guest appearances on The Red Skelton Show, Sing Along with Mitch, and other shows. In January 1965, she portrayed a social worker in a pilot called Go Fight City Hall that was never released. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old 1 More Event
After her venture into television, Temple became active in the Republican Party in California. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully in a special election in California's 11th congressional district to fill the seat left vacant by the death of eight-term Republican J. … Read More


1968 40 Years Old She was in Prague in August 1968, as a representative of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies and was going to meet with Czechoslovakian party leader Alexander Dubček on the very day that Soviet-backed forces invaded the country. … Read More
1972 44 Years Old In 1972, at age 44, Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer. … Read More
1973 45 Years Old She announced the results of the operation on radio and television and in a February 1973 article for the magazine McCall's. … Read More


1984 56 Years Old Temple was extensively involved with the Commonwealth Club of California, a public-affairs forum headquartered in San Francisco. She spoke at many meetings through the years and was president in 1984.


2005 77 Years Old The couple were married for 54 years until his death on August 4, 2005, at home in Woodside, California of complications from a bone marrow disease.
2014 86 Years Old 1 More Event
Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014, at age 85. … Read More
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