Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple


Shirley Temple was an American singer, actress, businesswomen, and dancer born on April 23, 1928, In Santa Monica, California.

Family Background:

She was born to George Francis Temple, a bank employee and Gertrude Amelia Temple, Stayed home to manage the house. She had two brothers.

Personal Life:

In 1945, At the age of 17, She married her first husband John Agar, an Army sergeant. They had one daughter. The couple had divorced in 1950.  Later In 1950, She married the second time to Charles Alden Black, a WWII United States Navy intelligence officer. The couple had two children. They had live happy marriage life that lasted for 54 years until Charles’s death in 2005.


Her mother had supported Shirley to develop her singing, dancing, and acting talents, and in September 1931 enrolled her in Meglin’s Dance School in Los Angeles. 


Her primary assignments consisted of a series of one-reelers called Baby Burlesks followed by two-reelers called Frolics of Youth in which she played Mary Lou Rogers. She had also modeled for breakfast cereals and other products during this time. In 1932, She had made her feature film debut with a small role in the movie Red-Haired Alibi. The year 1934 had been a very busy one for the six-year-old. She has appeared in several movies including Bright Eyes in which She had portrayed an orphaned child who is the center of a fierce custody battle. This film had written specifically to showcase the child artist’s talents. In 1939, Her movie The Little Princess had been loosely based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 

Her parents were wanted Shirley to concentrate on her studies and sent her to Westlake School for Girls when She had 12. After appearing in a series of films that did not do well at the box office, She retired from films in 1950. During the 1960s She had become active in politics and was appointed the United States Ambassador to Ghana by President Gerald Ford.

She breathed her last on Feb 10, 2014, At Woodside, California, due to Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Unknown Facts:

  • Shirley Temple Black was her real name.
  • She Was Only 17 When She Married Her First Husband.

Master Stroke:

  • She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972 and had a successful recovery. After her treatment, She had become one of the first famous women to openly discuss the disease through radio and television.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1935, She was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award. 
  • In February 1980, Temple had been honored by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

What can we learn from Her??

Like Shirley Temple, True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. 

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