Arguably the most popular child star of all time, Shirley Temple set a precedent in Hollywood. Appearing in over 35 feature films, which include the classics Heidi and Curly Top, Temple earned a record-breaking (at the time) salary of $50,000 per film.
Temple ultimately retired from acting at age 22, taking on an entirely different role as a foreign diplomat, serving as a U.S. Ambassador for both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Though she passed away last February, we will always remember Temple as the fresh-faced, curly-haired beauty so many of us fell in love with on the big screen. Fans of the charismatic star are in for a treat these next few months. A traveling exhibition that includes toys, costumes, and more memorabilia from Temple's films will begin its run late April before being auctioned off in July.
In honor of what would've been her 87th birthday, take a look back at Temple's most memorable performances:
1. Bright Eyes (1934): "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
2. Curly Top (1935): "Animal Crackers in My Soup"
3. Curly Top (1935): "When I Grow Up"
4. Little Miss Broadway (1938): "We Should Be Together"
5. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938): "The Toy Trumpet"