WESTWOOD—Shirley Temple Black left a huge mark on Hollywood in 1935. Her family has continued to impact the entertainment industry with a recent $5 million donation to Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. They have also gifted several memorable artifacts from Temple’s early career.
The Academy Museum, which will restore the Wilshire May Company, is scheduled to open in 2018 and will be located on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
According to a press release that was released by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 8, the artifacts include a range of incredible pieces from Shirley’s 1934 miniature Oscar statue to the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps gifted to her by legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Additional memorabilia include the actress’ first set-chair from Fox Studios and a Los Angeles public-school system desk she used during her regular lessons on the Fox lot.
Bob Igar, who is in charge of chairing the Academy Museum’s capital campaign, released a statement praising Black for her ability to draw audiences as an actress and influencing many lives as a diplomat. He said, “Her gift to the Academy Museum ensures her work will continue to inspire future generations of film lovers.”
With the gifts and financial donation made by the Black Family, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences plans to create an education center known as “The Shirley Temple Education Studio.”
AMPAS has noted that the education program within the studio “will provide hands-on workshops in moviemaking techniques, as well as inspire creativity and critical thinking.” A major aspect of the program will be its focus on serving teen students from diverse backgrounds within the Greater Los Angeles area.
The Black family explained their motivation behind their donation stating: “Our mother believed that the Academy Museum project will provide the key to broader public understanding both of the movie industry’s history and of its future. We are so pleased with the Academy’s naming of the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and again encourage our mother’s many admirers to join us in supporting the Museum and its new Education Studio with a donation honoring her memory.”