Born in 1928, Shirley Temple-Black is a Hollywood legend who has been making headlines since she was four years old, becoming the top moneymaker actor for 4 consecutive years before she had even started primary school, influencing pop culture all around the world with her curly hair (Robert Aldrich’s ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ is loosely inspired by her) becoming a recognizable screen persona on her own terms, as much as Charles Chaplin and delighting millions with her singing and dancing skills that made her the perfect dance partner of adult stars like Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire.
Adding years to her career proved disastrous for the audiences who wanted to have the little curly girl forever, so when Temple entered her adult years she abandoned stardom to pursue other interests, which later on developed into the political arena, becoming ambassador of the US in Ghana and Czechoslovakia among her duties.
Always seen as a positive figure, Shirley Temple’s meteoric journey through Hollywood made her an eternal child full of hope and always above the political issues of her times (race and gender).
She made headlines again on February 13th, 2014, as her last day on Earth. Millions of fans and admirers have covered their social media with pictures of the bright eyed little colonel and the consensus is that she has had a life well lived.
Here are some important stopovers in the life-long journey of Miss Shirley Temple-Black.