Shirley Temple Facts

Shirley Temple Facts
Shirley Temple was an American actress who became famous as a young child in Hollywood. She later became an ambassador for the United States. She was born Shirley Temple on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, to Gertrude Amelia Temple and George Francis Temple. She had two brothers George Francis Jr. and John Stanley. Shirley's mother encouraged her to sing, act, and dance and enrolled her in Meglin's Dance School in L.A. in 1931. A casting director for Educational Pictures spotted Shirley at the dance school and signed her in 1932 to a contract for short satire films. Fox Film signed her to a contract in 1933 for $150 a week. Stand Up and Cheer! Was her breakthrough film, released in 1934.
Interesting Shirley Temple Facts:
Shirley Temple's mother Gertrude began creating Shirley's iconic ringlet curls when she was attending dance school as a toddler.
Shirley Temple's debut film role was in the 1932 parody titled Baby Burlesks. The short films were meant to be satire to the films of the time. She was three years old at the time.
Shirley's mother was her hairdresser and created exactly 56 curls each night in pin curls so that she woke up in the morning with her iconic curly hairdo.
Shirley Temple was considered to have helped boost morale during the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple we will be alright."
In 1942 Shirley Temple appeared in the film Miss Annie Rooney. Her co-star Dickie Moore kissed her on the cheek and this scene caused a stir among fans. It was her first romantic setting.
Shirley Temple was almost cast in The Wizard of Oz. But the studio didn't want to allow her to work for a competitor and rumor had it that they didn't feel her voice was as developed or impressive as Judy Garland's voice. Judy Garland went on to make the role her own.
Shirley Temple was 17 when she married John Agar, her first husband. They had a daughter but were only married for two years.
Shirley Temple married Charles Black after dating for only two weeks. They had two children together named Charles Jr., and Lori. They were married until Charles died.
Shirley Temple was the youngest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award, at the age of 6. She won the Academy Juvenile Award in 1935.
Shirley Temples was a Girl Scout, and earned her patches the same way other girls had to.
The drink the Shirley Temple, which contains lemon-lime soda, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry - was created at Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. She didn't really like the drink however.
By the age of 11 Shirley Temple was America's most famous star.
She appeared in the first film in which a white woman held hands with a black man affectionately. She held hands with Bill (Bojangles) Robinson.
Shirley Temple had earned $3 million for her performances before she even reached puberty.
As an adult Shirley Temple became Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She served for three years. She served as Ambassador to Ghana from 74' to 76'.
In 1972 at the age of 44 Shirley Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived and lived to the age of 85. She died on February 10, 2014, due to COPD. She was a smoker but hid it from the public.

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