Former child actress Shirley Temple has passed away at the age of But thanks to DVDs and Turner Classic Movies , she will remain a dimpled, curly-topped 5-year-old for generations to come. We hope you enjoy these stories about the life and career of Shirley Temple Black. Gertrude was a frustrated dancer herself, having grown too tall as a teen to become the ballerina she longed to be. While pregnant with what she hoped would be a daughter, Gertrude played music constantly on the phonograph and radio in an attempt to bless her child with an artistic bent.
Temple began her film career at the age of three in Two years later, she achieved international fame in Bright Eyes , a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer in motion pictures during Film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late s. Temple capitalized on licensed merchandise that featured her wholesome image; the merchandise included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box-office popularity waned as she reached adolescence. Temple retired from film in at the age of