Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple (born April 23, 1928) is a former American child actress. The daughter of George and Gertrude Temple, she began her screen career in 1932 at the age of three with comedy shorts and bit parts in feature films. Following her breakthrough film Stand Up and Cheer! in 1934, she skyrocketed to superstardom the same year with the Christmas release of Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. Star status was confirmed with an Academy Award in February 1935, and blockbusting super hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid to late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that included dolls, dishes, and clothing capitalized on her image. She is the youngest person ever to be awarded an Oscar (age 6), she was awarded the inaugural (now retired) non-competitive Academy Juvenile Award in 1934. Temple’s popularity waned in her teens and she left Twentieth Century-Fox at the age of twelve to attend high school. She appeared in a few films of v