Shirley Temple was born in 1928 in
California. She was a very cute little girl. She had blond curly hair and
dimples in her cheeks. But she was also a good actress, singer, and dancer.
By age three, Shirley was making movies
and soon became a famous movie star. When she was six, she made some big
movies. By the time she was eight, she was making $500,000 a year. The people
who made the movies called her "Little Miss Miracle."
In the 1930s, life was difficult in the
United States. Many people did not have jobs. But thousands of poor people paid
money to go to the movies to watch Shirley Temple. People felt happy when she
sang and danced. Mothers wanted their daughters to have curly hair like Shirley
Temple. Little girls played with Shirley Temple dolls.
Everybody loved little Shirley. People
sent her gifts. On her eighth birthday she got 1,000 cakes. Her fans sent her
5,000 letters a week. But her mother did not spoil her. Little Shirley only got
$4.25 a week and had to eat her spinach.
When Shirley Temple grew up, she did
not make any more movies. She got married to Charles Black and had two
children. In the 1960s, Shirley Temple Black went into politics. In 1974, she
was U.S. ambassador to Ghana, a country in Africa. Then in 1989 she was U.S.
ambassador to Czechoslovakia.