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Shirley Temple Black (born Shirley Jane Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and one-time U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States, 1976–1977.
While Temple occasionally used "Jane" as a middle name, her birth certificate reads "Shirley Temple". Her birth certificate was altered to prolong her babyhood shortly after she signed with Fox in 1934; her birth year was advanced from 1928 to 1929. Even her baby book was revised to support the 1929 date. She admitted her real age when she was 21 (Burdick 5; Edwards 23n,43n).
She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures during 1934, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935–38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll.
Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
She is No. 18 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time.
Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. She was the daughter of George Francis Temple, a banker, and his wife Gertrude Amelia (Krieger) Temple. The family was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. She had two brothers Her mother encouraged her daughter to sing, dance, and acted, and in September 1931 she was enrolled in Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles. She also began styling Shirley's hair in ringlets similar to those of silent film star Mary Pickford.
In January 1932, four-year-old Temple was signed by Educational Pictures. She appeared in a series of one-reelers called Baby Burlesks, and a series of two-reelers called Frolics of Youth playing Mary Lou Rogers, a youngster in a contemporary suburban family. To underwrite production costs, Temple and her child co-stars modeled for breakfast cereals and other children's products. She was loaned to Tower Productions in 1932 for a small role in her first feature film, Red-Haired Alibi, and the ollowing year to Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. for bit parts.
Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
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Shirley Jane Temple
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George Francis Temple
Gertrude Amelia Krieger
George Temple Jr.
J. Edgar Hoover, Hattie McDaniel
Pekingese (Dog - Ching-Ching II), Scottie (Dog - Corky)
Child Star: An Auobiography  (McGraw-Hill)
The Films of Shirley Temple  (Robert Windeler), The Shirley Temple Scrapbook  (Lorraine Burdick), Shirley Temple Black: A Bio-Bibliography  (Patsy Guy Hammontree), Shirley Temple: A Pictorial History of the World's Greatest Child Star  (Rita Dubas)
Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple , Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story , Biography: Shirley Temple: The Biggest Little Star 
Mickey's Polo Team , The Autograph Hound , Bojangles , Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story 
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Actress • singer • dancer • businesswoman • diplomat
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Hedi, The Little Princess, Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States.
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Woodside, California, USA
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(1935) Magazine advertisement: Wheaties and Bisquick, (1936) Magazine advertisement: Dodge autos, (1936) Magazine advertisement: Sperry Flour, (2010) TV commercial: Ireland's Health Service Executive "National Smokers' Quitline"
1932–65 (as actress) 1967–90 (as public servant), 1932–65 (as actress), 1967–92 (as public servant)
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