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Nine interesting facts about Shirley Temple

Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85.

Here are some interesting facts about her life.

  • Born April 23, 1928, she started her career in the 1930s and was famous by the age 6.
  • Her mother did her hair in pin curls for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.
  • At age six she became the first recipient of the juvenile Academy Award.
  • She starred in 12 short films and 43 features.
  • In 1936, she secured a contract paying her over $50,000 per film.
  • She presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). It was a standard-sized Oscar with seven little Oscars.
  • She was supposed to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but 20th Century Fox refused to lend her to MGM, so Judy Garland was cast instead.
  • Actresses Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after her.
  • Temple appears on cover of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

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Shirley Temple: The little girl with big appeal

As a child actress Shirley Temple was a box office draw from the early1930s, known for her singing, dancing and acting.

Her bouncy curls, dimples and cheerful disposition attracted a legion of fans worldwide.

Shirley Temple in a scene from The Little Princess Credit: Press Association
Shirley Temple started her career at a very young age.


Family 'salute' Shirley Temple's achievements

Shirley Temple's family has paid tribute to the "remarkable achievements" of the former child star, who has died aged 85.

We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black.

– Statement for Shirley Temple's family

Shirley Temple found fame as a child star in the 1930s

Shirley Temple was a child star famously known for wearing her hair in ringlets Credit: Press Association

Shirley Temple found fame as a child star in the 1930s in hit films such as Curly Top and Heidi.

In 1934, she became the youngest person ever to win an Oscar when she was just six-years-old, taking home a special Academy Juvenile award.

Temple went on to feature in over 40 films before retiring at the age of 22.