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.
Shirley Temple tap dances with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in this upbeat musical comedy inspired by Kate Wiggins's novel. Temple plays Rebecca Winstead, whose scheming stepfather, Harry (William Demarest), leaves her on a farm in the care of her aunt (Helen Westley). Rebecca thrives, but after a talent scout sees potential in the lass, the curly-topped cutie becomes a radio star overnight. Trouble crops up, though, when Harry comes to reclaim her.
- Fort Apache
- Just Around the Corner
- Captain January
- The Little Princess
- The Blue Bird
- The Little Colonel
- Susannah of the Mounties
- Baby Take a Bow
- Little Miss Broadway
- Shirley Temple: Little Miss Marker
- Stand Up and Cheer
- Wee Willie Winkie
- Winnie the Pooh / Babes in Toyland
- Shirley Temple Festival
- Pippi Longstocking / Kim
- The Land of Oz / The Reluctant Dragon
- Terrible Clockman / House of Seven Gables
- The Princess and the Goblins / Madeline