Born April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, Calif., Temple made her first film appearance in the two-reel comedy series Baby Burlesks (1931-33), in which she performed dead-on impressions of adult screen sirens such as Greta Garbo. A breakout performance in Stand Up and Cheer (1934) led to starring roles in a string of vehicles -- including Bright Eyes (1934), Curly Top (1935), The Little Colonel (1935) and Heidi (1937) -- showcasing Fox Pictures' tiny savior.
Despite her considerable talent and tremendous popularity as a child star, the public failed to embrace a mature Temple, who retired from films in 1950 and turned her attention to politics, serving as a U.S. ambassador during the '70s and '80s. She died Feb. 10, 2014.
When her father is reported killed in the Boer War, pampered rich girl Sara Crewe (Shirley Temple) is left to the mercies of a mean-spirited headmistress. Forced to work as a servant and live in the attic, Sara learns the value of true generosity and real friendship. This classic family film is adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless novel.
- The Blue Bird
- Just Around the Corner
- Fort Apache
- The Little Colonel
- Captain January
- Little Miss Broadway
- Susannah of the Mounties
- Terrible Clockman / House of Seven Gables
- Baby Take a Bow
- Wee Willie Winkie
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
- Shirley Temple Festival
- Stand Up and Cheer
- Shirley Temple: Little Miss Marker
- Pippi Longstocking / Kim
- The Land of Oz / The Reluctant Dragon
- Winnie the Pooh / Babes in Toyland
- The Princess and the Goblins / Madeline