Celebrate Shirley Temple’s Birthday with 13 Vintage Photos of the Iconic Child Star
Shirley Temple passed away in 2014, but we’re still celebrating the birthday of this iconic star. From her film debut at just three years old, this actress was a Hollywood legend. Appearing in some of the biggest films of the 1930s (The Little Princess! Heidi! Curly Top!), Shirley won over everyone's heart with her adorable curls and witty charm.
By age 10, the actress had a mocktail named after her when she was served a birthday drink made with ginger ale and grenadine. But this shining star fit a lifelong career into just 22 years: She retired from films completely in 1950, choosing to use her fame to advocate for causes like the National Wildlife Federation. In 1969 she represented the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly, proving that she really could do it all.
In honor of Shirley Temple’s birthday, keep scrolling to take a look back at 13 stunning vintage photographs of the multitalented star.
In Curly Top
The child star pets a horse in this adorable still from the 1935 film.
Shirley is photographed walking her St. Bernard, Buck, at just seven years old.
This stunning portrait was taken around the time Shirley was seven years old, wearing a collared dress and her signature curls.
In Poor Little Rich Girl
The star wears a band costume in the 1936 adventure film.
Shirley plays a ukulele in this adorable shot from her vacation in Honolulu.
In The Little Princess
In this stunning photograph from the classic 1939 film, the actress smiles in a fur-trimmed coat.
In Susannah of the Mounties
Shirley plays an (adorable) orphan in the 1939 Western.
The star is photographed answering fan mail in a laid-back look at home.
In I'll Be Seeing You
Shirley smiles in a stunning headshot from the 1944 drama.
In a teenage portrait
The actress looks all grown up in this stunning shot.
In Adventure in Baltimore
21-year-old Shirley looks radiant on the set of the 1949 dramedy.
The iconic star models Harry Winston diamonds in a stunning strapless dress and pin curls.
The actress is spotted at the television premiere for Jack Rourke in Los Angeles, a child star no more.