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Temple, Shirley Jane

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 92 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Ambassadors

1928 – Born on the 23rd of April in Santa Monica, California.


1931 – Began dance classes at Meglin’s Dance School in Hollywood at the age of 3. Her film career began when a casting director from Educational Pictures visited her class and invited her to an audition. Eventually, she signed to a contract with Educational.

1932-1933 – Worked at Educational. Appeared in two series of short subjects for the studio. She was casted in Baby Burlesks and Frolics of Youth.

1933 – Was signed to Fox Film Corporation after appearing in Stand Up and Cheer! with James Dunn. She was later paired with Dunn in several films. At the age of five, she was able to handle complex tap choreography.

1934 – She was loaned to Paramount for a pair of successful films in this year.

1935 – First recipient of the special Juvenile Performer Academy Award for recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment in 1934. Seventy years later, Temple is still the youngest performer ever to receive this honor, or any Oscar. She is also the youngest actress to add foot and hand prints to the forecourt at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

1939 – Temple appeared in her first Technicolor film, The Little Princess, produced by Fox in this year.

1940 – Temple stayed in Fox until this year becoming the studio’s most lucrative player. She juggled classes at Westlake School for Girls and films for various other studios, including MGM and Paramount.

1945 – At the age of 17, she was married to soldier-turned-actor John Agar on the 19th of September.

1948 – On the 30th of January, Agar and Temple’s daughter, Linda, was born.

1949 – She retired from motion pictures this year. She filed for divorce later this year.

1950 – Early this year, Shirley met and fell in love with California businessman Charles Alden Black. On the 5th of December the divorce became final. On the 16th of December, Black and Temple were married.

1952 – Black and Temple’s first son, Charles Alden Black Jr. was born on the 29th of April.

1954 – Lori Black, Temple and Black’s daughter, was born on the 9th of April.

1958-1959 – Her television series, Shirley Temple’s Storybook, premiered on NBC on the 12fth of January, 1985 and last aired on the 1st of December, 1959.

1960-1961 – Shirley Temple Theatre, also known as The Shirley Temple Show, premiered on NBC on the 11th of September, 1960 and last aired on the 10th of September, 1961.

1967 – Entered a Congressional race on a platform that supported the United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

1969 – Appointed a delegate to the United Nations by President Richard M. Nixon.

1974-1975 – Served on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.

1974-1976 – Appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana.

1976 – Became the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States which put her in-charge of all State Department ceremonies, visits, gifts to foreign leaders and coordination of protocol issues with all U.S. embassies and consulates.

1987 – Was designated the first honorary Foreign Service Officer in U.S. history.

1989-1992 – She was United States Ambassador to Chzechoslovakia and witnessed the Velvet Revolution.

1999 – Appeared on the cover of People magazine in this year with the title "Picture Perfect" and again later this year as part of their special report, "Surviving Breast Cancer." She also appeared at the 70th Academy Awards and also in that same year received Kennedy Center Honors.

2001 – Served as a consultant on the ABC Television Network production of Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, based on part one of her autobiography.

2004 – She teamed with Legend Films to restore, colorize and release her earliest black and white films, as well as episodes of her 1960 television series, The Shirley Temple Storybook Collection.

2005 – Temple and Black remained married until his death from a bone marrow disease, myelodysplastic syndrome at age 86 on the 4th of August. On the 12th of September, Screen Actors Guild announced that she was to receive the Guild’s most prestigious honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.