Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black has passed away at the age of 85. The film and television actress, singer and dancer died on Monday, February 10. Below, BroadwayWorld remembers the Hollywood legend and U.S. Ambassador.

Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934 found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures in 1934, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing.

Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935-38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll.

Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released.

She sat on the boards of corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star.

Temple is the recipient of awards and honors, including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She is No. 18 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Shirley Temple Black
Shirley Temple Black attends the book party for Shirley Temple Black 'Child Star' on October 25, 1988 at B. Dalton Book Store in New York City.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.