SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Shirley Jane Temple                                                               
Born: 23 April 1928 Santa Monica, California                                             
Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an Academy Award-winning actress           
most famous for being an iconic American child actor of the 1930s, although she         
is also notable for her diplomatic career as an adult. After rising to fame at           
the age of six with her breakthrough performance in Bright Eyes in 1934, she             
starred in a series of highly successful films which won her widespread public           
adulation and saw her become the top grossing star at the American box-office           
during the height of the Depression. She went on to star in films as a young             
adult in the 1940s. In later life, she became a United States ambassador and             
Temple was born to George Francis Temple (1888-1980), a businessman and banker,         
and Gertrude Amelia Krieger (1893-1977) in Santa Monica, California. She has two         
brothers, Jack (b. 1915), and George Jr. (b. 1919). Her mother loved dancing and         
this directed Temple towards performing. Gertrude was a constant presence on the         
lot during Temple's childhood acting years, helping her learn her lines, and             
controlled her wardrobe. Biographer Anne Edwards said Temple's famous hair style,       
known as the Shirley Temple Curls, was also under the control of Gertrude, who           
ensured there were exactly 52 ringlets in her hair for each take.                       
At the age of seventeen, Temple was married to soldier-turned-actor John Agar (1921-2002)
on September 19, 1945. They had one daughter, Linda Susan Agar (later known as           
Susan Black), born on January 30, 1948. Temple filed for divorce in late 1949,           
with the divorce becoming final on December 5, 1950. In early 1950, while               
vacationing in Hawaii, Shirley met and fell in love with California businessman         
Charles Alden Black (1919-2005). They married on December 16 that year. Together,       
they had two children: Charles Alden Black Jr., born April 29, 1952, and Lori           
Black, born April 9, 1954. They remained married until Charles's death from             
myelodysplastic syndrome (a bone marrow disease) at age 86 on August 4, 2005.           
She has one granddaughter, Teresa Caltabiano (b. 1980), Susan's daughter. She           
also has one great granddaughter, Lily Jane Caltabiano.