Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

Highest Rated: 100% Fort Apache (1948)

Lowest Rated: 75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Birthday: Apr 23, 1928

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

The jury is still out as to whether or not curly haired Shirley Temple was the most talented child star in movie history; there is little doubt, however, that she was the most consistently popular. The daughter of non-professionals, she started taking singing and dancing classes at the age of three, and the following year began accompanying her mother on the movie audition circuit. Hired by the two-reel comedy firm of Educational Pictures in 1933, she starred in an imitation Our Gang series called the Baby Burlesks, performing astonishingly accurate impressions of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich; she was also featured in the films of Educational's other stars, including Andy Clyde and Frank Coghlan Jr. In 1934 she was signed by Fox Pictures, a studio then teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. After a handful of minor roles she created a sensation by stopping the show with her rendition of "Baby Take a Bow" in Fox's Stand Up and Cheer. She was promptly promoted to her own starring features, literally saving Fox (and its successor 20th Century Fox) from receivership, and earned a special Oscar in 1934 "in grateful recognition to her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment." With such tailor-made vehicles as Bright Eyes (1934), Curly Top (1935), The Little Colonel (1935), Dimples (1936), and Heidi (1937), Temple was not only America's number one box-office attraction, but a merchandising cash cow, inspiring an unending cascade of Shirley Temple dolls, toys, and coloring books. She also prompted other studios to develop potential Shirley Temples of their own, such as Sybil Jason and Edith Fellows (ironically, the only juvenile actress to come close to Temple's popularity was 20th Century Fox's own Jane Withers, who got her start playing a pint-sized villain in Temples' Bright Eyes). Though the Fox publicity mill was careful to foster the myth that Temple was just a "typical" child with a "normal" life, her parents carefully screened her friends and painstakingly predetermined every move she made in public. Surprisingly, she remained an unspoiled and most cooperative coworker, though not a few veteran character actors were known to blow their stacks when little Temple, possessed of a photographic memory, corrected their line readings. By 1940, Temple had outgrown her popularity, as indicated by the failure of her last Fox releases The Blue Bird and Young People. The following year, MGM, who'd originally wanted Temple to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, cast her in Kathleen, another box-office disappointment which ended her MGM association almost before it began. Under the auspices of producers Edward Small and David O. Selznick, Temple enjoyed modest success as a teenaged actress in such productions as 1942's Miss Annie Rooney (in which Dickie Moore gave her first screen kiss) and 1944's Since You Went Away. Still, the public preferred to remember the Shirley Temple that was, reacting with horror when she played sexually savvy characters in Kiss and Tell (1945) and That Hagen Girl (1947). Perhaps the best of her post-child star roles was spunky army brat Philadelphia Thursday in John Ford's Fort Apache (1947), in which she co-starred with her first husband, actor John Agar (the union broke up after four years when Agar began to resent being labeled "Mr. Shirley Temple"). She returned to 20th Century Fox for her last film, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949), in which played second fiddle to star Clifton Webb. Retiring on her trust fund in 1950, she wed a second time to business executive Charles Black, a marriage that would endure for several decades and produce a number of children. In 1958 she made a comeback as host of The Shirley Temple Storybook, a well-received series of children's TV specials. Her final show business assignment was the weekly 1960 anthology The Shirley Temple Show, which though not a success enabled her to play a variety of character roles -- including a toothless old witch in an hour-long adapta


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet The Biggest Lil' Star in Hollywood Actor 1999
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
No Score Yet Shirley Temple: Biggest Little Star Actor 1996
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: The Emperor's New Clothes Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: Sleeping Beauty Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: Rip Van Winkle Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: The Wild Swan Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: Mother Goose Actor 1990
No Score Yet Shirley Temple's Storybook Actor 1990
No Score Yet Shirley Temple's Storybook Actor 1990
No Score Yet Storybook Theater: The Magic Fishbone Actor 1990
No Score Yet Shirley Temple's Storybook Actor 1990
No Score Yet Shirley Temple's Storybook Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Rose Parade: Through the Years Actor 1988
No Score Yet That's Dancing! Actor 1985
No Score Yet Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing Actor 1984
No Score Yet Hollywood's Children Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Actor 1962
No Score Yet Almost a Bride Corliss Archer 1949
No Score Yet The Story of Seabiscuit Margaret O'Hara 1949
100% Fort Apache Philadelphia Thursday 1948
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl Mary Hagen 1947
75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Susan 1947
No Score Yet Honeymoon Barbara Olmstead 1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You Barbara Marshall 1945
83% Since You Went Away Bridget Hilton 1944
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney Annie Rooney 1942
No Score Yet Kathleen Kathleen Davis 1942
No Score Yet Young People Wendy Ballantine 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Mytyl Tyl 1940
No Score Yet Susannah of the Mounties Susannah Sheldon 1939
88% The Little Princess Sara Crewe 1939
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner Penny 1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Rebecca Winstead 1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Betsy Brown 1938
100% Heidi Heidi 1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie Priscilla Williams 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Ching-Ching 1936
No Score Yet Dimples Dimples Appleby 1936
86% Captain January Star 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Barbara Barry 1936
89% The Littlest Rebel Virginia Houston Cary 1935
No Score Yet Our Little Girl Molly Middleton 1935
No Score Yet The Little Colonel Lloyd Sherman 1935
No Score Yet Curly Top Elizabeth Blair 1935
83% Bright Eyes Shirley Blake 1934
100% Little Miss Marker Miss Marker 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Shirley, Girl on Airplane 1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer! Shirley Dugan 1934
No Score Yet Mandalay Betty Shaw 1934
No Score Yet Now and Forever Penelope 'Penny' Day 1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Mary Doran 1934
No Score Yet New Deal Rhythm Actor 1934
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow Shirley Ellison 1934
No Score Yet Merrily Yours Actor 1933
No Score Yet To the Last Man Mary Standing 1933
No Score Yet Red-Haired Alibi Gloria Shelton 1932


Miss Marker says: Why don't you lift me?

Sorrowful Jones says: I don't wanna lift you.

Miss Marker says: Lift me!

Sorrowful Jones says: No.

Miss Marker says: Are you Sir Sorry the Sad Knight?