How could anyone forget that sweet face and those famous curls of child star Shirley Temple? She starred in hit movie after hit movie and even won awards for her talents.
Back then, Shirley Temple was a beloved star who was talented, adorable, and dimpled. Her most enduring roles were in Bright Eyes and Heidi, among the many movies she went on to star in over the years. But the Hollywood icon sadly passed away in 2014 at 85 years old from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She was surrounded by her devoted family when she died away at her California home since she meant so much too to many people. This year, on the day she would have turned 90, a large number of her admirers gathered to honor her.
Now that her kids have shared an intriguing perspective with us, we can see what this legendary actress was like as a mother.
Shirley Temple Black was born in 1928, she was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat.
She entered the entertainment industry at a very young age. In Los Angeles, she enrolled in the Meglin’s Dance School in 1931, graduating first in her class, after her parents recognized her potential. She appeared in numerous films, including Curly Top and Heidi, and was the most well-known young actress between 1935 and 1938.
Following 1949’s A Kiss for Corliss, Shirley eventually quit the entertainment industry in her 20s. Prior to that, she had married her first husband in 1945, given birth to Linda Susan at the age of 17, and then divorced him after five years of marriage but she got remarried and had two kids with her new husband, Charles Black: Lori and Charles Jr.
Shirley was an activist and the United States ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She also served as the Chief of Protocol of the United States.
Susan, her daughter, provided Closer Weekly with an explanation of Shirley’s parenting style, saying:
“We had a lot of parties. We had a lot of fun decorating the dining room. Being a wife and mom is the greatest of her achievements. We were shopping and travel buddies. We went to many places together. She was one of my very best friends… She was devoted and generous, and she could be a little stern if we didn’t behave. But she was also a lot of fun. Very inventive and imaginative. She was all about her children and her husband.”
“The only time I noticed her star quality was when someone else would ask for her autograph. She was an amazing person. She was wonderful — and normal. We had dinner at the table every night all together.” Her son Charles Jr. revealed. Shirley, despite being well-known from her films, kept things relatively normal.
Charles Jr. stated that Shirley “had completed the second volume of her autobiography” before she passed away and that it would contain more of her life story an interview with Closer Weekly earlier this year.
“She was sweet. She just liked to kiss, hug and be loving,” Susan, her daughter said of her mother during the interview.
“I’ve led three lives. The acting part, wife and mother, and international relations. I’m proud of my career, the first one, and I’m proud of the other two,” Shirley once said.
“If you go to her grave site, it’s not set up like Shirley Temple the star or the diplomat. It’s more Shirley Temple Black, the wife, the mother, the grandmother, the great-grandmother. It’s very humble and normal.” Barry Barsamian her longtime friend said to Shirley that her family was her biggest accomplishment.