Shirley Temple
American actress, diplomat
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, 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. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s.
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Top 5 Things a Living Person Wants to Tell You
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I've been thinking a lot about death lately, and what lessons might be learned from the passing of a loved one. I try to remember all the advice my mom gave me over the years--some spoken and a lot that I picked up by observing her. She left enough good lessons to fill a book, which I mentioned to a friend the other day. Imagine my shock upon hearing she was reading a book called The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU. I volunteer as the president of a small fine art photography organization, so I have living breathing board members, regular members and people who think someday, if I do A, B and C, they might then become members telling me stuff all day long. (Weekends and nights included.) Add to that my dad, who is the leading authority on most stuff as he reminds me constantly that he is very old and therefore very wise, various family members possessing various degrees of perspicacity, tons of friends, business associates, editors, readers, a massage therapist, medi ...
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5 Things A Living Person Wants To Tell You
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I've been thinking a lot about death lately, and what lessons might be learned from the passing of a loved one. I try to remember all the advice my mom gave me over the years--some spoken and a lot that I picked up by observing her. She left enough good lessons to fill a book, which I mentioned to a friend the other day. Imagine my shock upon hearing she was reading a book called The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU. I volunteer as the president of a small fine art photography organization, so I have living breathing board members, regular members and people who think someday, if I do A, B and C, they might then become members telling me stuff all day long. (Weekends and nights included.) Add to that my dad, who is the leading authority on most stuff as he reminds me constantly that he is very old and therefore very wise, various family members possessing various degrees of perspicacity, tons of friends, business associates, editors, readers, a massage therapist, medi ...
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10 Reasons To Choose An All-Inclusive
Huffington Post - 5 months
The choice between staying in a hotel or all-inclusive is often a hard one. Some people see the high prices and wonder if it really is worth it. What draws so many people towards this option? Here are 10 great reasons to choose to stay in an all-inclusive resort: 1. NO PLANNING: If you are a novice traveler or are worried about all the time needed to plan a vacation by yourself, an all-inclusive may be the perfect solution since all activities and restaurants are in one place. If you don't want to plan in advance, you can decide daily what you feel like doing. Also, even if you are a planner, after a big trip you may feel the rush to get back to the planning board. I love to plan trips but one summer we went to London, Santorini, and Athens and I planned like a mad woman, so I chose an all-inclusive for the following spring so I could sit back and just let my vacation happen. 2. LEAVE YOUR WALLET IN THE SAFE: There's no need to worry about how much anything costs, no questions ...
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Cam Newton Doesn't Eat Red Meat, But Not For The Reason You'd Think
Huffington Post - 7 months
Cam Newton, starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, is a lot of things. He’s father to his new son Chosen, he’s the guy whose team lost Super Bowl 50 this year and who “went home and cried and cried and cried, until 4 a.m. came and he didn’t have any more tears left,” and he’s the guy who popularized The Dab. And he’s also a pescatarian. Newton sat down with GQ for a profile this month and talked about race, getting emotional on the sidelines, his hatred for losing and his dependence on to-do lists, but one thing stood out to us: He doesn’t eat red meat (or chicken, or pork, for that matter). In the article, GQ writer Zach Baron describes what it was like to sit across the table from Newton at a restaurant: He orders a green tea and a Shirley Temple, extra syrup. He orders the deviled eggs. He orders the mussels. He orders shrimp and grits, and also trout. He’s a pescatarian out of pure self-discipline. No other reason — just to prove to himself that he can. “I fe ...
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Joel Embiid Is Hilarious In A New Interview, And People Will Always Bring Up Shirley Temples And Rihanna
Yahoo News - 9 months
As a Sixers fan, the only things I have in the world right now are 1) NBA Draft rumors, and 2) the dream of a 2014 first-round draft pick getting healthy and being able to play. Especially that second one. I’ve watched probably six hours of grainy cell phone footage of Joel Embiid doing drills against no one, which I’ve analyzed the way lunatics analyze “photos” of the Loch Ness Monster. I must know everything. It’s not healthy. It can’t be.
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Alan Young, Star Of 'Mister Ed,' Dead At 96
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Shirley Temple's rare blue diamond ring fails to sell at auction - 10 months
(Reuters) - A 9.54-carat rare blue diamond ring once belonging to the late Shirley Temple, one of Hollywood's most famous child actors, failed to sell at a New York auction on Tuesday, where it had...
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No Ordinary Life: A Conversation With Suzanne Redfearn
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Suzanne Redfearn's novel, No Ordinary Life, explores the age-old question: what price are you willing to pay for fame. But she does so with a twist: how much would you be willing to let your children pay? When not only one but two of Faye Martin's children find fame in Hollywood, along with all of the perks and risks the lifestyle offers, how far will she let them go? Your author's note demonstrates how deeply you explored the experience of childhood fame. What lead you to this topic? It was really just a fluke. I knew my editor wanted me to write another story about a mother protecting her children, and I just happened to be in line at the grocery store where there was a tabloid with the headline, "Zac Efron Enters Rehab Again". My daughter was a High School Musical fan when she was little, so I felt like I had watched Zac Efron grow up, and to know he was suffering and that his suffering was being made public made me feel horrible for him and for his parents. And right th ...
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Teacher Who Inspired 'Stand And Deliver' Honored With Postage Stamp
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a stamp honoring Bolivian native and Los Angeles teaching legend Jaime Escalante, whose work inspired the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver.” Roy Betts, a USPS spokesman, told NBC that thousands of people suggest icons to be put on postage stamps every year, and that Escalante is "without question, a very deserving subject." "Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art," said Acting Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner in a press release announcing the 2016 stamps, which also feature Shirley Temple and Star Trek. Escalante taught at Garfield High School in east Los Angeles from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s, and gained a reputation for his unconventional teaching approach. Escalante told his students, many of whom came from disadvantaged backgrounds, that they could accomplish anything as long as they had "ganas" -- the desire. In 1982, due to Escalante's perseverance, 18 of his students passed an ...
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A Starry Lineup for the Postal Service in 2016
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Shirley Temple is forever. So are "Star Trek" and Sarah Vaughan, who will also grace “Forever” stamps in 2016.
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Shirley Temple Figured Out Christmas At The Age Of 6
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph." ~Shirley Temple   According to a 2013 report from Pew Research, hardly any kids in America believe in Santa Claus, hardly anyone likes its obligations, everybody hates shopping during the season and only 7% look forward to being around happy and joyful people. The ones who do look forward to being around happy and joyful people are probably the ones who have spent the last few weeks glue-gunning little pieces of felt on something. Based on statistics like those, maybe Sarah Palin was right when she first sniffed out a War on Christmas back in 2013, one that was oozing out of those toxic bunkers of liberal media. But not so fast, Sarah. Religious blogs like FaithStreet have published opinions that telling kids about a fat man that squeezes through chimneys make parents feel uncomfortable: they don't like lying to their children, they d ...
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I Coulda Been Somebody
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In conversation with an acquaintance recently, I remarked that I was getting ready for retirement. "You've been getting ready for retirement for three years," he said. "You'll never retire." "Oh yeah?" I answered with my usual snappy repartee. "I will so retire. One more year, tops." But he was sure I wouldn't. "You can't retire. Instead of thinking about doing nothing, you should be thinking instead about what you want to do NEXT." Well, I know what I want to do next. I'm already doing it (part-time anyway): WRITE. But I think this guy may have meant something that pays money. And I don't really have much hope for that by writing. I actually wrote something that made the New York Times bestseller list for a week or two - and still didn't get paid one cent. (All the proceeds went to St. Jude's Hospital, and that was great, but money in my bank account would have been great too.) But a second career after retirement? There are lots of careers I considered before I ...
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Taking the Chill off the Cold War: The First Reagan-Gorbachev Summit
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. ADST conducts oral history interviews with retired U.S. diplomats, and uses their accounts to form narratives around specific events or concepts, in order to further the study of American diplomatic history and provide the historical perspective of those directly involved. The Geneva Summit of 1985 was the first meeting between President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to talk about the arms race, particularly the Strategic Defense Initiative, and to establish personal relations between the leaders of the world's superpowers. Held November 19, 1985 at a chateau owned by the Aga Khan, the first meeting went over schedule by half an hour. It was a promising start, and Gorbachev accepted Reagan's invitation to visit the U.S. within t ...
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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds
Huffington Post - about 1 year
No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of top vintage clothing finds. This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature. As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions. This week's Roundup includes lots of great items. Don't miss the Rosenfeld "Another Day Another Dollar" handbag, the Zandra Rhodes set, the Christian Dior evening dress, the marbled Bakelite bracelet, the 1960s Harry Gordon poster dress, the Whiting & Davis collectible Shirley Temple bag and the antique 20-strand coral necklace. GET READY, GET SET, BID!!! (Click on Pic for More Info and Auction Links) Which item is your favorite? Leave me a comment below to let me know. Did you know you can receive the eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds via e ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Temple
  • 2014
    Age 85
    Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014, at age 85.
    More Details Hide Details She was at her home in Woodside, California. Her family stated only that she died of natural causes.
    The specific cause, according to her death certificate released on March 3, 2014, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    More Details Hide Details A lifelong smoker, she avoided revealing her habit in public to avoid setting a bad example for her fans. Temple was the recipient of many awards and honors including a special Juvenile Academy Award, the Life Achievement Award from the American Center of Films for Children, the National Board of Review Career Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. On September 11, 2002, a life-size bronze statue of the child Temple by sculptor Nijel Binns was erected on the Fox Studio lot. On March 14, 1935, Shirley left her footprints and handprints in the wet cement at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. She was the Grand Marshal of the New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, California three times in 1939, 1989, and 1999. On February 8, 1960, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2005
    Age 76
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 44
    She announced the results of the operation on radio and television and in a February 1973 article for the magazine McCall's.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, she became one of the first prominent women to speak openly about breast cancer. Temple served on boards of directors of large enterprises and organizations such as The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, Bank of America, the Bank of California, BANCAL Tri-State, Fireman's Fund Insurance, the United States Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations Association and the National Wildlife Federation.
  • 1972
    Age 43
    In 1972, at age 44, Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    More Details Hide Details The tumor was removed and a modified radical mastectomy performed.
  • 1968
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dubček fell out of favor with the Soviets after a series of reforms known as the Prague Spring. Temple, who was stranded at a hotel as the tanks rolled in, sought refuge on the roof of the hotel. She later reported that it was from here she saw an unarmed woman on the street gunned down by Soviet forces, a sight that stayed with her for the rest of her life. Later, after she became ambassador to Czechoslovakia, she was present in the Velvet Revolution, which brought about the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia. Temple played a critical role in hastening the end of the Communist regime by openly sympathizing with anti-Communist dissidents and later establishing formal diplomatic relations with the newly elected government led by Václav Havel. She took the unusual step of personally accompanying Havel on his first official visit to Washington, riding along on the same plane.
  • 1967
    Age 38
    Temple got her start in foreign service after her failed run for Congress in 1967, when Henry Kissinger overheard her talking about Namibia at a party, he was surprised that she knew anything about it.
    More Details Hide Details She was appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon (September – December 1969), and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana (December 6, 1974 – July 13, 1976) by President Gerald R. Ford. She was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States (July 1, 1976 – January 21, 1977), and was in charge of arrangements for President Jimmy Carter's inauguration and inaugural ball. She served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (August 23, 1989 – July 12, 1992), having been appointed by President George H. W. Bush. She was the first and only female US ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Temple was a witness to two crucial moments in the history of Czechoslovakia's fight against Communism.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Arthur Younger from leukemia. She ran as a conservative and lost to law school professor Pete McCloskey.
  • 1965
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, she hosted the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars awards show on CBS, and, in 2001, served as a consultant on an ABC-TV production of her autobiography, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story. Motivated by the popularity of Storybook and television broadcasts of Temple's films, the Ideal Toy Company released a new version of the Shirley Temple doll and Random House published three fairy tale anthologies under her name. 300,000 dolls were sold within six months and 225,000 books between October and December 1958. Other merchandise included handbags and hats, coloring books, a toy theater, and a recreation of the Baby, Take a Bow polka-dot dress.
  • 1960
    Age 31
    The show was reworked and released in color in September 1960 in a regular time-slot as The Shirley Temple Show.
    More Details Hide Details It faced stiff competition from Maverick, Lassie, Dennis the Menace, the 1960 telecast of The Wizard of Oz, and the Walt Disney anthology television series however, and was canceled at season's end in September 1961.
  • 1958
    Age 29
    Between January and December 1958, Temple hosted and narrated a successful NBC television anthology series of fairy-tale adaptations called Shirley Temple's Storybook.
    More Details Hide Details She acted in three of the sixteen hour-long episodes, and her son made his acting debut in the Christmas episode, "Mother Goose". The series was popular but faced issues. The show lacked the special effects necessary for fairy tale dramatizations, sets were amateurish, and episodes were telecast in no regular time-slot, making it hard for another.
  • 1952
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following the war's end and Black's discharge from the Navy, the family returned to California in May 1953. Black managed television station KABC-TV in Los Angeles, and Temple became a homemaker. Their daughter Lori was born on April 9, 1954; Lori went on to be a bassist in the multi-genre band the Melvins. In September 1954, Charles Sr. became director of business operations for the Stanford Research Institute, and the family moved to Atherton, California.
  • 1950
    Age 21
    Temple and Black were married in his parents' Del Monte, California, home on December 16, 1950, before a small assembly of family and friends.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Conservative and patrician, he was the son of James Black, president and later chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric, and reputedly one of the richest young men in California.
  • 1949
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1945
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On January 30, 1948, the young wife bore a daughter, Linda Susan. Agar became an actor, and the couple made two films together: Fort Apache (1948, RKO) and Adventure in Baltimore (1949, RKO).
  • 1943
    Age 14
    In 1943, 15-year-old Shirley Temple met John Agar (1921–2002), an Army Air Corps sergeant, physical training instructor, and member of a Chicago meat-packing family.
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  • 1942
    Age 13
    The actress had her own radio series on CBS. Junior Miss debuted March 4, 1942, with her in the title role.
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  • 1941
    Age 12
    Shirley Temple dolls realized $45 million in sales before 1941.
    More Details Hide Details A mug, a pitcher, and a cereal bowl in cobalt blue with a decal of the little actress were given away as a premium with Wheaties. Successful Shirley Temple items included a line of girls' dresses, accessories, soap, dishes, cutout books, sheet music, mirrors, paper tablets, and numerous other items. Before 1935 ended, the girl's income from licensed merchandise royalties would exceed $100,000, doubling her income from her movies. In 1936, her income topped $200,000 from royalties. She endorsed Postal Telegraph, Sperry Drifted Snow Flour, the Grunow Teledial radio, Quaker Puffed Wheat, General Electric and Packard automobiles. At the height of her popularity, Shirley Temple was often the subject of myths and rumors, some propagated by 20th Century Fox/Fox Films. Fox also publicized her as a natural talent with no formal acting or dance training. As a way of explaining how she knew stylized buck and weave dancing, she was enrolled in the Elisa Ryan School of Dancing for two weeks.
    As a result, her only film for Metro became Kathleen in 1941, a story about an unhappy teenager.
    More Details Hide Details The film was not a success and her MGM contract was canceled after mutual consent. Miss Annie Rooney followed for United Artists in 1942, but was unsuccessful. The actress retired for almost two years from films, focusing on school and activities. In 1944, David O. Selznick signed Shirley Temple to a four-year contract. She appeared in two wartime hits: Since You Went Away and I'll Be Seeing You. Selznick however became involved with Jennifer Jones and lost interest in developing Shirley's career. She was lent to other studios with Kiss and Tell, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, and Fort Apache being her few good films at the time. According to biographer Robert Windeler, her 1947–49 films neither made nor lost money, but "had a cheapie B look about them and indifferent performances from her". Selznick suggested she move abroad, gain maturity as an actress, and even change her name. She was typecast, he warned her, and her career was in perilous straits. After auditioning for and losing the role of Peter Pan on the Broadway stage in August 1950, Temple took stock, admitted her recent movies had been poor fare, and announced her retirement from films on December 16, 1950.
  • 1939
    Age 10
    In 1939, she was the subject of the Salvador Dalí painting Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time and she was animated and was with Donald Duck in The Autograph Hound.
    More Details Hide Details In 1940 Lester Cowan, an independent film producer, bought F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, "Babylon Revisited and Other Stories" for $80 which was a bargain. Fitzgerald thought his screenwriting days were over and with some hesitation accepted Cowan's offer to write the screenplay, titled "Cosmopolitan," based on the short story. After finishing the screenplay, Scott was told by Cowan that he would not do the film unless Shirley Temple starred in the lead of the youngster Honoria. Fitzgerald objected, saying that at age 12, going on twenty, the actress was too worldly for the part and would detract from the aura of innocence otherwise framed by Honoria's character. After meeting Shirley in July, Fitzgerald changed his mind and tried to persuade her mother to let her star in the film. However, her mother demurred. In any case, the Cowan project was shelved by the producer. F. Scott Fitzgerald was later credited for the use of the original story for The Last Time I Saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor.
    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.
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  • 1938
    Age 9
    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".
    More Details Hide Details That year Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Miss Broadway and Just Around the Corner were released. The latter two were panned by the critics, and Corner was the first of her films to show a slump in ticket sales. The following year, Zanuck secured the rights to the children's novel, A Little Princess, believing the book would be an ideal vehicle for the girl. He budgeted the film at $1.5 million (twice the amount of Corner) and chose it to be her first Technicolor feature. The Little Princess was a 1939 critical and commercial success with Shirley's acting at its peak. Convinced that the girl would successfully move from child star to teenage actress, Zanuck declined a substantial offer from MGM to star her as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and cast her instead in Susannah of the Mounties, her last money-maker for Twentieth Century-Fox.
  • 1937
    Age 8
    The only other Shirley Temple film released in 1937 was Heidi.
    More Details Hide Details Midway through the shooting of the movie, the dream sequence was added into the script. There were reports that the little actress was behind the dream sequence and that she was enthusiastically pushing for it but in her autobiography she vehemently denied it. Her contract gave neither her nor her parents any creative control over the movies she was in. She saw this as the collapse of any serious attempt by the studio to build upon the dramatic role from the previous movie Wee Willie Winkie.
    The film was a critical and commercial hit. but British writer and critic Graham Greene muddied the waters in October 1937 when he wrote in a British magazine that the actress was a "complete totsy" and accused her of being too nubile for a nine-year-old: Shirley Temple and Twentieth Century-Fox sued for libel and won.
    More Details Hide Details The settlement remained in trust for the girl in an English bank until she turned twenty-one, when it was donated to charity and used to build a youth center in England.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Aubrey Smith and Cesar Romero. Elaborate sets were built at the famed Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., for the production, with a rock feature at the heavily filmed location ranch eventually being named the Shirley Temple Rock.
  • 1935
    Age 6
    Based on Shirley Temple's many screen successes, Zanuck increased budgets and production values for her films. By the end of 1935, her salary was $2,500 a week.
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    Curly Top and The Littlest Rebel were named to Varietys list of top box office draws for 1935.
    More Details Hide Details In 1936, Captain January, Poor Little Rich Girl, Dimples, and Stowaway were released. Curly Top was Shirley's last film before the merger of 20th Century and Fox.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fox Films merged with Twentieth Century Pictures to become 20th Century Fox in 1935. Producer and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck focused his attention and resources upon cultivating Shirley's superstar status. She was the studio's greatest asset. Nineteen writers, known as the Shirley Temple Story Development team, made 11 original stories and some adaptations of the classics for her. Biographer Anne Edwards writes about the tone and tenor of Shirley Temple films, "This was mid-Depression, and schemes proliferated for the care of the needy and the regeneration of the fallen. But they all required endless paperwork and demeaning, hours-long queues, at the end of which an exhausted, nettled social worker dealt with each person as a faceless number. Shirley offered a natural solution: to open one's heart." Edwards points out that the characters created for the little actress would change the lives of the cold, the hardened, and the criminal with positive results. Her films were seen as generating hope and optimism, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."
  • 1934
    Age 5
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cease and desist letters were sent out to many companies and the process was begun for awarding corporate licenses. On December 28, 1934, Bright Eyes was released. It was the first feature film crafted specifically for the girl's talents and the first where her name appeared over the title. Her signature song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop", was introduced in the film and sold 500,000 sheet-music copies.
  • 1933
    Age 4
    On December 21, 1933, her contract was extended to a year at the same $150/week with a seven-year option and her mother Gertrude was hired on at $25/week as her hairdresser and personal coach.
    More Details Hide Details Released in May 1934, Stand Up and Cheer! became Shirley's breakthrough film. Within months, she became the symbol of wholesome family entertainment. In June, her success continued with a loan-out to Paramount for Little Miss Marker. After the success of her first three movies, the Temples realized Shirley was not being paid enough. Her image also began to appear on numerous commercial products without approval and without compensation. To get control over the corporate unlicensed use of her image and to negotiate with Fox, the girl's parents hired the lawyer Loyd Wright to represent them.
    Arriving for the audition on December 7, 1933, she won the part and was signed to a $150-per-week contract guaranteed for two weeks by Fox Film Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details The role then was a breakthrough performance for her. Her charm was evident to Fox heads, as she was ushered into corporate offices almost immediately after finishing Baby Take a Bow song and dance number she did with James Dunn.
    After Educational Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1933, her father purchased her contract for $25.
    More Details Hide Details While walking out of the viewing of her last Frolics of Youth picture, Fox Film songwriter Jay Gorney saw the little girl dancing in the movie theater lobby. Recognizing her from the screen, he arranged for her to have a tryout for the movie Stand Up and Cheer!
  • 1932
    Age 3
    She was lent to Tower Productions for a small role in her first feature film (The Red-Haired Alibi) in 1932 and, in 1933, to Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros., for various parts.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Educational Pictures were about to launch their Baby Burlesks, multiple short films satirizing recent film and political events, using preschool children in every role. Baby Burlesks was a series of one-reelers; another series of two-reelers called Frolics of Youth followed, with Shirley playing Mary Lou Rogers, a youngster in a contemporary suburban family. To underwrite production costs at Educational, she and her child co-stars modeled for breakfast cereals and other products.
  • 1931
    Age 2
    Her mother supported her infant daughter's singing, dancing, and acting talents, and in September 1931, enrolled her in Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details About this time, her mother began styling her daughter's hair in ringlets.
  • 1928
    Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details She was the daughter of Gertrude Amelia Temple, a homemaker, and George Francis Temple, a bank employee. The family was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. She had two brothers, George Francis, Jr., and John Stanley.
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