Biography

Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and they ultimately bought millions of dollars worth of products that had her likeness on them. Dolls, phonograph records, mugs, hats, dresses, whatever it was, if it had her picture on there they bought it. Shirley was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38, beating out such great grown-up stars as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. By 1939, her popularity declined. Although she starred in some very good movies like Since You Went Away (1944) and the The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), her career was nearing its end. Later, she served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. It was once guessed that she had more than 50 golden curls on her head. Her mother, Gertrude Temple, did her hair in pin curls for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.

Date of Death 10 February 2014, Woodside, California

Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and they ultimately bought millions of dollars worth of products that had her likeness on them. Dolls, phonograph records, mugs, hats, dresses, whatever it was, if it had her picture on there they bought it. Shirley was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38, beating out such great grown-up stars as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. By 1939, her popularity declined. Although she starred in some very good movies like Since You Went Away (1944) and the The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), her career was nearing its end. Later, she served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. It was once guessed that she had more than 50 golden curls on her head. Her mother, Gertrude Temple, did her hair in pin curls for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.

Date of Death 10 February 2014, Woodside, California

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 72

Birthday 1928-04-23

Day of Death 2014-02-10

Place of Birth Santa Monica, California, United States

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Herself
1998 Shirley Temple Sing & Dance Along as Various
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards(1 episode)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1982 Wogan(1 episode) as Herself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(1 episode)
1968 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed
1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook(41 episodes) as Narrator
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show(3 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(2 episodes)
1949 A Kiss for Corliss as Corliss Archer
1949 The Story of Seabiscuit as Margaret O'Hara / Knowles
1949 Adventure in Baltimore as Dinah Sheldon
1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College as Ellen Baker
1948 Fort Apache as Philadelphia Thursday
1947 That Hagen Girl as Mary Hagen
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Susan Turner
1947 Honeymoon as Barbara Olmstead
1945 Kiss and Tell as Corliss Archer
1944 I'll Be Seeing You as Barbara Marshall
1944 Since You Went Away as Bridget 'Brig' Hilton
1944 Take It or Leave It
1942 Miss Annie Rooney as Annie Rooney
1941 Kathleen as Kathleen Davis
1940 Young People as Kit Ballantine
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as (archive footage)
1940 The Blue Bird as Mytyl
1939 Susannah of the Mounties as Susannah 'Sue' Sheldon
1939 The Little Princess as Sara Crewe
1938 Just Around the Corner as Penny Hale
1938 Little Miss Broadway as Betsy Brown Shea
1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as Rebecca Winstead
1937 Heidi as Heidi Kramer
1937 Wee Willie Winkie as Priscilla Williams
1936 Stowaway as Barbara 'Ching-Ching' Stewart
1936 Dimples as Dimples Appleby
1936 Poor Little Rich Girl as Barbara Barry
1936 Captain January as Helen 'Star' Mason
1935 The Littlest Rebel as Virginia 'Virgie' Cary
1935 Curly Top as Elizabeth Blair
1935 The Little Colonel as Lloyd Sherman
1935 Our Little Girl as Molly Middleton
1934 Bright Eyes as Shirley Blake
1934 The Hollywood Gad-About as Herself (uncredited)
1934 Now and Forever as Penelope 'Pennie' Day
1934 Baby Take a Bow as Shirley Ellison
1934 Now I'll Tell as Mary Doran
1934 Little Miss Marker as Marthy 'Marky' Jane
1934 Change of Heart as Shirley
1934 Stand Up and Cheer! as Shirley Dugan
1934 Managed Money as Mary Lou Rogers
1934 As the Earth Turns as Child
1934 Pardon My Pups as Mary Lou Rogers
1933 What's to Do? as Mary Lou Rogers
1933 Merrily Yours as Mary Lou Rogers
1933 Kid 'in' Africa as Madame Cradlebait
1933 To the Last Man as Mary Stanley (uncredited)
1933 Dora's Dunking Doughnuts as Shirley
1933 Polly Tix in Washington
1933 The Kid's Last Fight as Shirley
1933 Out All Night as Child (as Shirley Jane Temple)
1933 Kid in Hollywood
1933 Glad Rags to Riches as Nell / La Belle Diaperina
1933 New Deal Rhythm as Supposed bit
1932 The Pie-Covered Wagon as Shirley
1932 Red Haired Alibi as Gloria Shelton
1932 War Babies as Charmaine
1932 Runt Page as Lulu Parsnips

Writing

2001 Child Star: The Shirley Temple StoryBook

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