Shirley Temple was a popular American actress and she was also into singing and dancing. Shirley became popular as a child actress and she served as an ambassador of the US as well as the Chief of Protocol. Her acting career started at the age of three and in a few years, she achieved international fame. There were merchandises out replicating her look and clothes. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Shirley Temple in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Shirley was born on 23rd April 1928 in California. It was her mother who encouraged her to sing and dance and take part in acting. She was spotted by a casting director For Educational Pictures and invited her for an audition. Her debut was through the series Baby Burlesks and Frolics of Youth. She was then signed for Stand Up and Cheer and various other feature films. Her mother became her hairdresser as well as personal coach.
Shirley married John Agar at the early age of 17 and she met him at the age of 15. They had a daughter and they divorced in 1949. The next year, she met Charles Alden Black and got married to him. They had a song and that is when she became a homemaker. She had another daughter and became a bassist for the band The Melvins.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Shirley’s run in the Hollywood lasted from 1932 to 1949 before she decided to become a homemaker. In 1932, her first film was The Red-Haired Alibi and in 1949, her last film was A Kiss for Corliss. Most of the films she did, she was in the lead character. She was a box-office attraction as a child actress and one of the best Fox Films ever collaborated with. There are many merchandises available like Temple Dolls, daily products like bowls, dresses, soaps and likewise.
She was part of the TV for a few years hosting Shirley Temple’s Storybook and the Shirley Temple Show. She also had a brief radio career. After Hollywood, she became politically active, especially in California. She served as the US ambassador. She was also a businesswoman and served on the boards of directors for Bank of America, The Walt Disney, and various such large organizations.
At an early age, she won Juvenile Academy Award. She was honored by Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and National Board of Review Career Achievement Award. A bronze statue was erected of her on the Fox Studio. She had also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died at the age of 85 on 10th February 2014 at her home.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a popular actress who retired early? Well, she had a net worth of over $30 million. Apart from movies, she served as US ambassador which added to her wealth. She got a huge royalty from her merchandises that most of the third-party companies launched. She also had many huge endorsement deals with General Electric, Packard, and various other multi-national brands.
Shirley was a lifelong smoker, however, she never smoked in public as she did not want to set a bad example for her fans. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. She published her autobiography titled Child Star.