Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, the third child of homemaker Gertrude Temple and bank employee George Temple.

The family was of Dutch, English, and German ancestry. She had two brothers: John and George, Jr. The family moved to Brentwood, Los Angeles.

Her mother encouraged Shirley to develop her singing, dancing, and acting talents, and in September 1931 enrolled her in Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles. At about this time, Shirley's mother began styling her daughter's hair in ringlets.

At the height of her popularity, Temple was often the subject of many myths and rumors, with several being propagated by the Fox press department.

False claims circulated that Temple was not a child, but a 30-year-old dwarf, due in part to her stocky body type. The rumor was so prevalent, that the Vatican dispatched Father Silvio Massante to investigate whether she was indeed a child.

She also served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989-1992). She passed away in 2014.

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