Shirley Jane Temple was born in California on 23 rd April 1928. She started her acting career at the tender age of three, and went on to become the most famous child star in history. This cheerful, loveable young start could sing, dance and act from a really early age.
From 1936-1938 Temple ruled the box office, and proved more popular than big names such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Bing Crosby. She starred in an array of movies including ‘The Blue Bird’, ‘Glad Rags to Riches’, ‘Little Miss Marker’, ‘Bright Eyes’ and a selection of other hit movies. She had been identified for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but the role was given to Judy Garland when Fox refused to loan the start out to MGM.
Although her career began to go downhill by the 1940s, she continued to star in some decent movies.
She later became ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
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