Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple
Born Shirley Jane Temple
April 23, 1928(1928-04-23)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Died February 10, 2014(2014-02-10) (aged 85)
Woodside, California, U.S.
Other names Shirley Temple Black
Years active 1932–1963
Spouse John Agar (m. 1945–1950, divorced, 1 child)
Charles Alden Black (m. 1950–2005, his death, 2 children)
Children Linda Susan Agar (b. 1948)
Charles Black Jr (b. 1952)
Lori Black (b. 1954)

Shirley Jane Temple (April 23, 1928 - February 10, 2014) was an American actress and television series hostess. Temple has the distinction of being the first Academy Juvenile Award recipient (1934).

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.

Death[change | edit source]

Temple died on February 10, 2014 from natural causes at her Woodside, California home, at the age of 85.[1]

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