About Shirley Temple Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles
Shirley Jane Temple was born on April 23, 1928. She is a former American actress, an autobiographer and public servant. Temple made her debut on screen in 1932 with Runt Page; however, it was in 1934 when Temple rose to fame in David Butler’s film Bright Eyes, for which she was given a special Academy Award in February 1935.
Temple starred in several blockbuster hits, including Curly Top and Heidi. With her popularity, several licensed merchandises had been based on her wholesome image, such as dolls, clothing, and dishes. However, Temple left the silver screen at 12 to attend high school and retired totally at 21. Temple was the leading box-office draw from 1935-1938 in a Motion Picture Herald poll. In 1939, Temple starred in The Little Princess, co-starring Richard Greene and Anita Louise.
Temple also appeared in several major films, such as Stand Up and Cheer! Starring Warner Baxter with the Baxter, Warner 5 12 x4 signature strip and Madge Evans with the Evans, Madge signed display, Change of Heart, and Little Miss Marker.
Temple returned to the silver screen with a TV series in 1958 and guest appearances in several TV shows. She also sat on the boards of several companies and organizations, including The Walt Disney Co., Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1974, Temple was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and in 1989 to Czechoslovakia.
Furthermore, Temple has received several prestigious awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and Kennedy Center Honors.
At the age of 17, Temple married Army Air Force sergeant turned-actor John Agar in 1945. They had a daughter Linda Susan and divorced in 1949. In 1950, Temple married U.S. Navy Silver Star recipient Charles Alden Black, with whom she had two children, namely Charles Alden Black, Jr. and Lori Alden Black.