Shirley Temple Black

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Shirley Temple emblazoned herself on the American cinema as something both otherworldly and accessible, a tiny angel sent to assuage the ills of mortal adults, as well as an archetype of the adorable, precocious moppet ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1928 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Why Havel? 1991 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Havel's Audience With History 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

100th Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

100th Tournament of Roses Parade (NBC/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

LIFE: Fifty Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Seabiscuit 1949 (Movie)

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Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

Philadelphia (Actor)

That Hagen Girl 1947 (Movie)

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The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer 1947 (Movie)

Susan Turner (Actor)

Heidi 1937 (Movie)

Heidi (Actor)

Wee Willie Winkie 1936 (Movie)

Priscilla Williams (Actor)

Adventure in Baltimore (Movie)

Dinah Sheldon (Actor)

Baby, Take a Bow (Movie)

Shirley Ellison (Actor)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

Shirley Blake (Actor)

Captain January (Movie)

Star (Actor)

Curly Top (Movie)

Elizabeth Blair (Actor)

Dimples (Movie)

Sylvia Dolores Appleby (Dimples) (Actor)

Just Around the Corner (Movie)

Penny Hale (Actor)

Kathleen (Movie)

Kathleen Davis (Actor)

Kiss and Tell (Movie)

Corliss Archer (Actor)

Little Miss Broadway (Movie)

Betsy Brown (Actor)

Mandalay (Movie)

Betty Shaw (Actor)

Miss Annie Rooney (Movie)

Annie Rooney (Actor)

Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (Movie)

Ellen Baker (Actor)

Now and Forever (Movie)

Penelope Day (Actor)

Our Little Girl (Movie)

Molly Middleton (Actor)

Out All Night (Movie)

Child (Actor)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Movie)

Rebecca Winstead (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Bridget "Brig" Hilton (Actor)

Stand up and Cheer (Movie)

Specialty Number (Actor)

Stowaway (Movie)

Ching-Ching (Actor)

Susannah of the Mounties (Movie)

Susannah Sheldon (Actor)

The Blue Bird (Movie)

Mytyl Tyl (Actor)

The Little Colonel (Movie)

Lloyd Sherman, the Little Colonel (Actor)

The Little Princess (Movie)

Sara Crewe (Actor)

The Littlest Rebel (Movie)

Virginia Houston Cary (Actor)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

Barbara Barry (Actor)

Young People (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)
Writer (1)

Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Biography

Shirley Temple emblazoned herself on the American cinema as something both otherworldly and accessible, a tiny angel sent to assuage the ills of mortal adults, as well as an archetype of the adorable, precocious moppet every parent wanted. Appearing in front of the camera at age four, she flashed her signature dimples or pout in more than 40 movies like "Curly Top" (1935) and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1937) before she was a teenager. She tapped with legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in four movies, made songs like "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers" pop cultural staples and was once credited by President Franklin Roosevelt for helping the United States through the bleak years of the Great Depression. She had mostly bowed out of show business by her adult years, but returned to the public eye under her married name of Shirley Temple Black in the late 1960s as a U.S. diplomat. However it would be her heyday years that would be best remembered, with Temple establishing a Hollywood idiom of the power of earnest innocence over cynicism, as well as making timeless the idea of a largely mythical "simpler America." Shirley Temple died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014.

Relationships

John Agar Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 19, 1945 Divorced Dec. 5, 1949

Linda Agar

Daughter
Born Jan. 30, 1948; father, John Agar; later adopted by Charles Black

Charles Black

Husband
Born in 1919 Married Dec. 16, 1950 until his death on Aug. 4, 2005

Lori Black

Daughter
Born April 9, 1954; father, Charles Black

Charles Black

Son
April 28, 1952; father, Charles Black

Theresa Falaschi

Granddaughter
Born in 1980

George Temple

Father
Born in 1888 Died in 1980

Gerturde Temple

Mother
Born July 15, 1893 Died Jan. 1, 1977

George Temple

Brother
Born in 1919

John Temple

Brother
Born in 1915

Milestones

2006

Given Lifetime Achievement Award at 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

2001

Served as consultant for "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" the ABC movie adaptation of her autobiography

1998

Was one of the honorees at The Kennedy Center Honors

1989

Named U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Ronald Reagan

1989

Named Grand Marshal of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade

1988

Published her memoir Child Star

1987

Made first honorary U.S. Foreign Service Representative for the State Department

1981

Joined the U.S. delegation on African Refugee Problems, Geneva

1976

Appointed as first female Chief of Protocol of the U.S.

1974

Served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana; appointed by President Gerald R. Ford

1968

Appointed by President Richard Nixon as U.S. representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly

1967

Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress

1958

Hosted own TV series "Shirley Temple's Storybook"; later renamed "Shirley Temple Theatre" (NBC, ABC)

1949

Last features, "The Story of Seabiscuit" and "A Kiss for Corliss"

1947

Starred opposite Cary Grant in "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"

1943

Appeared with Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones in "Since You Went Away"

1941

Made last MGM film "Miss Annie Rooney"

1940

Signed by MGM; appeared in "Kathleen"

1940

Left 20th Century-Fox

1939

Played title role in "The Littlest Princess"

1938

Appeared in the remake of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"

1937

Starred in "Heidi"

1935

Touted as Hollywood's No. 1 box office star four years in a row

1935

Danced with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in "The Littlest Rebel"

1934

Achieved star status with "Stand Up and Cheer"

1934

Signed by Fox Studios (soon to become 20th Century Fox)

1934

Landed lead in "Bright Eyes"; performed signature song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"

1932

First feature, "Red Haired Alibi"

1931

Appeared in "Baby Burlesks" risque comedy series as well as shorts produced by Educational Films

Put under contract by David O. Selznick

Bonus Trivia

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Temple had a non-alcoholic cocktail named for her, consisting of grenadine syrup and ginger ale.

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On March 14, 1935, Temple left her footprints and handprints in front of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

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The English author Graham Greene wrote a now famous article about Temple in which he alleged that she was really an adult impersonatimg a child after seeing her performance in "Wee Willie Winkie" in 1937.

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She was made special assistant to chairman of the President's Council on the Environment from 1970-72.

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