Shirley Temple Black was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman and diplomat. She was born on the 23rd April 1928 and died age 85 on the 10th February 2014. She was also known as a former chief of protocol and was Hollywood’s number one box office from ages 7-10. She has two daughters, one son and two spouses. Before she married her second husband Charles Black, a businessman and former naval-affairs consultant, and became Shirley Temple Black she was married to John Agar a fellow actor and soldier at the age of 17. When she first started and was working for Baby Burlesks she made $10 a day and her trademark is her golden curly hair. She was under contract with 20th Century Fox when they lent her to Paramount where she appeared in two films and after that they wouldn’t allow her to work for MGM. In 1972, she revealed to the public on a news conference in her hospital room that she had a mastectomy, which helped to remove the stigma of breast cancer and women with the same symptoms encouraged themselves to get treatment.
Her career after she was done with acting started when she was in her 40s, she embarked on her second career in public service which lasted through many administrations. In 1969 president Richard M. Nixon appointed her as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations. Five years after that she served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. Next, from 1989 to 1992 she served as President George H.W. Bush’s U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She became the first woman named U.S. Chief of Protocol under the leadership of President Gerald R. Ford. Shirley Temple also had a drink named after her by a bartender in CA. Shirley Temple got her education from a private tutor and later went to Westlake girls school.
She was the most famous and popular child star of all time. She got started at the age of three in the movies and went onto super stardom. She also took dance lessons at the age of three which lead to her role in ‘Baby Burlesks’ which was a low-budget movie that featured all-kid casts by producers from Emotional Films Corporation. She could do it all at the age five she could act, sing and dance.
Shirley played a role in 50 films, her first film was ‘Kid’s Last Stand’, in 1932 and her first colour film was in 1939 called ‘The Little Princess’. At the age of three a Hollywood scout spotted her at a dance studio and hired her to star in a series of one-reel films called ‘Baby Burlesks’, each of these films featured children aged three to five dressed in oversized diapers and grown up clothes from the waist up, re-enacting scenes from films and playing adults. Her top film was ‘The Little Colonel’ filmed in 1935 where she filmed a staircase tap number with the legendary tapper, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. Her signature song was ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop’ which was performed in ‘The Little Colonel’. She was considered to play Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. She also appeared on tv and her very last film was in 1949, called ‘A Kiss for Corliss’.
Shirley Temple did more for tap dance’s popularity than any single person in the dance’s history.