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Shirley Temple (1928 - 2014)

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Shirley Temple
1928 - 2014
Born
April 23, 1928
Santa Monica, California United States
Death
February 10, 2014
Woodside, California United States
Other Names
Shirley Jane Black (Temple)
Summary
Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California United States. She is the child of Gertrude Amelia (Krieger) Temple and George Temple, with siblings John and George. According to her family tree, Shirley was mother to 3 children. She married John Agar on September 19, 1945 and they later divorced on December 7, 1950. They had a child Linda Susan Agar. She also married Charles Alden Black on December 16, 1950. They were married until Charles' death in 2005. They had children Charles Alden Black Jr and Lori Black. She died on February 10, 2014 in Woodside, California United States at age 85.
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Born to Gertrude Temple (homemaker) and bank employee George Temple, Shirley was the youngest of 3 children. She had 2 older brothers , John and George Jr. A classic stage mother, Gertrude encouraged Shirley to learn singing, dancing, and acting and in 1931, enrolled her in Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles. This is when her Gertrude started styling Shirley's hair in ringlets. Her first contract was in 1932 with Educational Pictures. They made "Baby Burlesks", featuring pre-schoolers as the actors. Some of Shirley's roles were in "She Done Him Wrong" (a parody of the Mae West film), "Kid 'n' Africa", and "The Runt Page" (kids' version of The Front Page). She was so popular that she was promoted to a 20 minute comedies series called "Frolics Of Youth". And then, she was loaned out to Universal Studios , Paramount, and Warner Bros for various parts. Her first movie was Stand Up and Cheer! in 1934 - her contract was $150/wk , guaranteed for 2 weeks. (Remember, this was in the Depression!) Then she filmed "Baby, Take a Bow". This was followed by "Curly Top" "Dimples" "The Little Colonel" and "The Littlest Rebel. (and more)" Her films all incorporated traditional values: good over meanness and evil, wealth over poverty, marriage over divorce, a booming economy over a depressed one. FDR, the US President during her childhood years once said: "It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles." Her biographer Anne Edwards put it this way: "This was mid-Depression, and schemes proliferated for the care of the needy and the regeneration of the fallen. But they all required endless paperwork and demeaning, hours-long queues, at the end of which an exhausted, nettled social worker dealt with each person as a faceless number. Shirley offered a natural solution: to open one's heart." After her booming childhood success, her teen year films were less influential. Two of her movies in 1940 were flops. She moved from 20th Century Fox to MGM to United Artists - none of these moves resulted in a successful return to films. Moving in 1944 to a collaboration with David O. Selznick, she had 6 hits in the next few years but none of them rivalled the successes in her childhood career. A radio career (brief), merchandise endorsements (everything from dresses to Shirley Temple dolls to cigars with her face on the label), to persistent rumors (she was a 30 yr old midget, to adjustments to her teeth to make her look younger), to a tv career in the late 50s and early '60s followed. After a short marriage to actor John Agar (1945 - 1950), Shirley married Charles Aiden Black in 1950 and took the name Shirley Temple Black. They had 3 children and they remained married until she died. A new career began when she was appointed to represent the United States at a session of the United Nations General Assembly, From 1989 - 1992, she was US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, from 1974 - 1976, she was US Ambassador to Ghana and from 1976 - 1977 she was the Chief of Protocol of the United States.
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Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temple
Full name
Shirley Jane (Temple) Black
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Woodside, San Mateo County, California United States
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Shirley Temple was born on in Santa Monica, California United States
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Shirley Temple died on in Woodside, California United States
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
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Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, CA County, United States
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Married: September 19, 1945 - December 7, 1950
Cause of Separation: Divorce
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Married: December 16, 1950 - August 4, 2005
Cause of Separation: Charles's Death
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Kathy Pinna commented on Dec 14, 2020
A personal note: As a child in the 1950s, I watched all of Shirley's old movies on tv and begged for a Shirley Temple doll (which I still have). She was a big celebrity in our household. More than 20 years after her first film. Even my son, a child of the 80s, knows Shirley Temple. In the mid-1950s, my father, sister, and I went to look at 3 lots that my grandmother owned in Atherton. On the way home to Cupertino (yeah, I know that you'll have to look it up - but it's where Apple is today), Dad thought he'd give us a thrill and show us Shirley Temple's house in Woodside. We didn't believe that she lived there! After all, how could such a big star live fewer than 30 miles from our home! (Of course he was right. It was a lovely home, in which she lived until she died.) Shame on us.

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Mother to 3 children, she passed away on February 10, 2014 in Woodside, California United States at age 85. she was buried in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto United States. She was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California United States. Shirley Temple is the child of Gertrude Amelia (Krieger) Temple and George Temple, with siblings John and George. According to her family tree, she married John Agar on September 19, 1945 and they later divorced on December 7, 1950. They had a child Linda Susan Agar. She would also marry Charles Alden Black on December 16, 1950. They were married until Charles' death in 2005. They had children Charles Alden Black Jr and Lori Black.
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1928 - 2014 World Events

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In 1928, in the year that Shirley Temple was born, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

In 1946, she was 18 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1959, she was 31 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1970, Shirley was 42 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1980, at the age of 52 years old, Shirley was alive when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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