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Shirley Temple Black

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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"If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing."
-Shirley Temple Black about her life

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, one of three children. She began taking singing and dancing lessons when she was two years old, and when she was three and a half, she became an actress. She was the most popular motion picture star for five years straight, appearing in movies like Little Miss Money Marker, Poor Little Rich Girl, The Little Princess, Rebecca of Stoneybrook Farm, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and more.

In 1934, Shirley was named "the outstanding personality of 1934" by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Then in 1935, Shirley became the youngest actor to win an Academy Award (as well as the first child to win one).

However, as Shirley grew up, she became less and less popular with the public. A TV show called "Shirley Temple" appeared in the 1940's, but was so ineffective that it had to be taken off the air. In 1945, Shirley married a man named John Agar, and they had a daughter together. However, they divorced four years after the birth of their daughter. Later, she married Charles A. Black and they had two children.

In 1974, Shirley served as the US Ambassador to Ghana in Africa for two years, and also was the first woman to serve as chief protocol. She also wrote her own autobiography called Child Star, which won awards. Shirley had dolls made after her and also two drinks: Dirty Shirley and Shirley Temple Cocktail. She also invented the color "Temple Blue" at her own wedding. Presently, Shirley Temple is retired.

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copperswifey
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

My grandma used to watch her old movies. All I knew is she was the good ship lolly pop girl. Never knew anything about her. This was neat to read. Thanks! :)

meglennox
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM
My favorite movie of hers, that i've seen, is little princess. :) it's also one of ny favorite books. I had forgotten that she was an ambassador.
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.Angelica.
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

thanks. my grandma loved her.

Charizma77
by Carissa on Sep. 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM
I loved watching her movies with my gram :)
MamaMandee
by Mandee on Sep. 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I didnt know about it either! 

Quoting copperswifey:

My grandma used to watch her old movies. All I knew is she was the good ship lolly pop girl. Never knew anything about her. This was neat to read. Thanks! :)


kirbymom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I loved watching her movies growing up. My daughters love watching her too.  Great history being passed down, I should think. :)

  

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kellynh
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I watched all her movies... Even have some collections. Good read on her adult life
Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

tfs

Deee6
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Shirley Temple also is a survivor of Breast Cancer!

BabyTeki
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Tfs! I never really knew anything about her. DH's Nanny loved her.
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