Shirley Temple was one of the most famous child actors in history. She was born April 23, 1928 as Shirley Jane Temple. Shirley and her parents along with her siblings live in Santa Monica, California. Her father, George Francis Temple was a business man and a banker in Southern California. Shirley’s mother, Gertrude Amelia Krieger was a homemaker. She loved dancing and her love for dancing helped mold Shirley’s career. Her parents were engaged in 1914 and had three children-Jack, George Jr.
, and Shirley Jane. Shirley began dancing in September 1931, at Meglin’s Dance Studio in Los Angeles at the age 3. There she was seen by two producers, Jack Hays and Charles Lamont. In 1931, they were making a series of one-reel short films called Baby Burlesks. Shirley was chosen as the star of the film and was paid $10 a day.
She acted in a number of films after Baby Burlesks. In late 1933, Shirley was contacted by Fox Film Corporation and landed a role in their new film” Stand Up and Cheer” in February 1934.
It was a great success, and Shirley’s acting surprised many fans. On December 28, 1934, the movie “Bright Eyes” was released. Shirley Temple was featured in this movie and it was the first in which her name appeared above the title. In this movie her signature song “On the Good Ship Lollipop” was introduced in sold 500,000 music copies. In February 1935, Temple became the first child star to be honored with a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her 1934 film accomplishment.