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Shirley Temple

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Born Apr 23, 1928

Shirley Jane Temple, later 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.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

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, inviting 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
Released in May 1934, Stand Up and Cheer! became Temple's breakthrough film. … Read More
In February 1935, Temple became the first child star to be honored with a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her 1934 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 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

TEENAGE

The Little Princess was a 1939 critical and commercial success with Temple's acting at its peak. … Read More
1940 12 Years Old In 1940, Temple starred in two consecutive flops at Twentieth Century-Fox, The Blue Bird and Young People. … Read More
1941 13 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As a result, Temple's 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 years old, they were married before 500 guests in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

TWENTIES

1948 20 Years Old On January 30, 1948, Temple gave birth to their daughter, Linda Susan. … Read More
1949 21 Years Old The marriage became troubled, and Temple divorced Agar on December 5, 1949. She received custody of their daughter and the restoration of her maiden name. 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 relocated to Washington, D.C., when Black was recalled to the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War. Temple gave birth to their son, Charles Alden Black, Jr., in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 1952. … Read More

THIRTIES

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 sitcom pilot called Go Fight City Hall that was never released. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Following 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

FORTIES

1968 40 Years Old Temple was in Prague in August 1968, as a representative of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies and was actually going to meet up 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, Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer. … Read More
1973 45 Years Old Following the operation, she announced it to the world via radio, television, and a February 1973 article for the magazine McCall's. … Read More

FIFTIES

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 several of the meetings through the years and served as its president in 1984.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2005 77 Years Old The couple remained married for 54 years until his death on August 4, 2005, at home in Woodside of complications from a bone marrow disease.
2014 86 Years Old 1 More Event
The specific cause, according to her death certificate released on March 3, 2014, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. … Read More
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