Shirley Temple: 5 things to know about famous American actor, singer, dancer and diplomat Shirley ‘Little Miss Miracle’ Temple
Shirley Jane Temple wasn’t just America’s biggest star; she was also a singer, dancer and diplomat. She was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. At the age of three, she started dancing lessons. In 1934, with the musical film ‘Stand up and applaud‘she had stunned the nation. She was also very popular for her blonde curls and signature dimples. By 1934 she had acted in several films alone, including ‘Sparkling eyes‘in which she sang the famous song’On the right lollipop boat. ‘
Shirley was one of the most popular actresses in the American film industry even before she reached double-digit age. She became the first child star to receive an Oscar just at the age of six. From 1935 to 1938, it was the best box office draw in the country; she even beat Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, and Clark Gable, to name a few. With films such as 1935’s’The smallest rebel‘and’Curly top‘she saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. The American Film Institute ranked Temple No. 18 among its 25 Best Actresses in 1999. On February 10, 2014, the curly-haired child star passed away at the age of 85.
Now, June 9, 2021, Google honored Shirley Temple with a cute doodle because on that day in 2015 the Santa Monica History Museum opened “Love, Shirley Temple”, a special exhibition featuring a collection of his rare memorabilia. And so, here we’ve listed five interesting facts about America’s biggest kid star, Shirley Temple.
According to The New York Times, in 1932, when Temple was only 4 years old, she was spotted by an agent, who selected her to be part of the popular collective series’Baby Burlesks‘, which the famous newspaper described as “a series of sexually suggestive shorts in which children played all the roles”.
According to People magazine, Gertrude, Temple’s mother, curled her hair into 56 perfect curls every night. Then Temple would read the next day’s script like a bedtime story. However, in the morning, Shirley used to memorize everyone’s lines, including her own.
When Temple was 9 years old, the studio celebrated its 8e birthday because they wanted her to be younger. However, Shirley has received over 135,000 gifts from all over the world.
In 1939, while Temple was singing “Silent Night” on a live radio show, a woman attempted to murder him under the pretext that the 10-year-old star had stolen her daughter’s soul.
Temple’s first marriage to Hagar was not a happy one. Speaking of the same thing, she once said, “I was 17, I was way too young. He was 24 years old. But they weren’t talking about alcohol back then. This is something you hid … So we didn’t talk about it. She later had a great relationship with California businessman Charles Alden Black, who has never seen any of her films. Their marriage lasted from 1950 until her death in 2005 at the age of 86.
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