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.
Convinced that an Uncle Sam look-alike (Claude Gillingwater Sr.) can end the Great Depression, a precocious young girl (Shirley Temple) charms him into giving her once-prosperous father (Charles Farrell) a job. Bert Lahr (The Wizard of Oz) and the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson co-star in this musical tug of the heartstrings with a sweet-but-improbable plotline. The film was one of Temple's final performances as a child star.
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
- The Little Princess
- Fort Apache
- Captain January
- Little Miss Broadway
- Shirley Temple Festival
- Baby Take a Bow
- Wee Willie Winkie
- The Blue Bird
- Shirley Temple: Little Miss Marker
- Stand Up and Cheer
- The Little Colonel
- Susannah of the Mounties
- Pippi Longstocking / Kim
- The Land of Oz / The Reluctant Dragon
- Terrible Clockman / House of Seven Gables
- Winnie the Pooh / Babes in Toyland
- The Princess and the Goblins / Madeline