One of her first film roles was in Bright Eyes, for which she won a special Academy Award. It was in that film that she sang On the Good Ship Lollipop. Though she often sang in her films, that was probably her most famous song. She subsequently starred in many films including Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
The role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, eventually taken by Judy Garland, was originally intended for her.
Temple retired from film acting in her early twenties. Later appearances on television did not prove as popular as her films.
Temple married the Californian businessman Charles Black in 1950, and subsequently became involved in Republican Party politics under the name Shirley Temple Black. She held several diplomatic posts, representing the United States in the United Nations in 1969-70 and serving as American ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Shirley Temple Facts
|Shirley Jane Temple
|April 23, 1928 (95)
|Santa Monica, California, USA
|5' 2" (1m57) How tall is Shirley Temple compared to you?
|2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award