SANTA MONICA — Possibly the most famous former child actress in
Shirley Temple Black, known to the world as Shirley Temple, was born in 1928 in
At the age of 10, she was already earning $50,000, which was an unheard-of amount at the time, and her movies beat those of Clark Gable and Bing Crosby at the box office. She became memorable all over the world as precocious singer/tap-dancer with corkscrew curls, offering lighthearted entertainment during the years of the Great Depression. In 1940, when her popularity waned, 20th Century Fox terminated her contract. She was only 12 years old at the time.
At the age of 17, she married fellow actor John Agar, with whom she divorced in 1949. A year later, at the age of 22, she retired from the film business, married Charles Black and became a foreign diplomat. She was
Mrs. Black’s family members gave a statement saying, “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.”
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