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Shirley Temple Biography

Birth Name:
Shirley Jane Temple
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Started dancing at the age of 3
  • Was featured in numerous one-reelers before starring in her first full-length film, The Red-Haired Alibi, in 1933
  • Was Hollywood's box office champ from 1935 to 1938
  • Received a special miniature Academy Award in 1934 and remains the youngest recipient of any Oscar
  • In the 1930s, licensed her likeness to many products, including the Shirley Temple dolls
  • Popularized the film songs "On the Good Ship Lollipop" (from Bright Eyes) and "Animal Crackers in My Soup" (from Curly Top)
  • Was considered for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz but her studio, Fox, refused to lend her to MGM
  • Last feature film was A Kiss for Corliss in 1949
  • In 1958, she premiered her television series, Shirley Temple's Storybook, which she hosted
  • Served in diplomatic roles such as United States Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana


  • George Francis Temple Jr. -- Brother
  • Jack Temple -- Brother
  • Lori Black -- Daughter
  • Susan Falaschi -- Daughter
  • George Francis Temple -- Father
  • Charles Black -- Husband (deceased)
  • Gertrude Temple -- Mother
  • Charles Alden Black Jr. -- Son