Child actress Shirley Temple in the short, Glad Rags to Riches
|Born||Shirley Jane Temple
April 23, 1928
Santa Monica, California, United States
|Other names||Shirley Temple Black|
|Spouse||John Agar (1945–1950, divorced, 1 child)
Charles Alden Black (1950–2005, his death, 2 children)
|Children||Linda Susan Agar (b. 1948)
Charles Black Jr (b. 1952) and Lori Black (b. 1954).
Acting career[change | edit source]
Movies[change | edit source]
Temple began her movie career at age 3 in a series of Poverty Row shorts starring very young children clad in diapers. In 1934, she soared to superstardom in Bright Eyes. Other movies followed that exploited her waiflike charm and abundant talent such as Curly Top, The Little Colonel, Dimples, Wee Willie Winkie, and The Little Princess.
The public adored the Child Temple, but her popularity declined as she grew into a young woman. She made several bombs in her teens, but three have become highly regarded classics: Since You Went Away, Fort Apache with Henry Fonda and John Wayne, and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer with Cary Grant and Mryna Loy. Temple married John Agar, and retired from the movie industry at age 21.
Television[change | edit source]
Marriage and motherhood occupied Temple's days in the following years, but she returned to show biz in the late 1950s with the television series, Shirley Temple's Storybook for NBC. The series was child/family-oriented with dramatizations of fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast, children's stories like Pippi Longstocking, and more mature fare like The House of Seven Gables and Victor Herbert's Broadway musical, Babes in Toyland. Celebrity stars like Charlton Heston, Tor Johnson, Sterling Holloway, Elsa Lanchester, and Agnes Moorehead appeared in the series. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award in children's programming. It faced stiff competition from other networks, and left the air after two seasons.
Other websites[change | edit source]
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- "Official site" (Legend Films memorabilia and merchandise site authorized by Shirley Temple Black)
- Shirley Temple at the Internet Movie Database
- Shirley Temple at the TCM Movie Database
- Female Frontiers QuestChat Archive: Shirley Temple and biography
- Shirley Temple movies for free download
- Shirley Temple Theatre
- Shirley Temple's Storybook
- Photographs of Shirley Temple