TMSM Remembers Shirley Temple Black

February 11, 2014


This morning, the world woke up to the news that a beloved star, Shirley Temple, had passed away. She was 85. In honor of her, I thought I’d give you a little back story regarding her Disney connections and share some things that you maybe didn’t know.

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928. She was a film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer and former United States ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, who appeared at the grand premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. “Snow White” won a special Oscar in 1939. It consisted of a tall statue with 7 little statuettes along side. It was presented by a young Shirley Temple.

She danced and sang her way into the hearts of people all over the world. Walt Disney took a liking to her, and put her in some of his projects. Shirley was featured in the Donald Duck cartoon The Autograph Hound and Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey’s Polo Team. Many years later, she was mentioned by Benny the Cab in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Shirley Temple Black was also on the Board of Directors for the Walt Disney Company.


The Hollywood actress passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California, on Monday.

A family statement said: “We announce with great sadness that ambassador Shirley Temple Black, former Hollywood child star and forever ‘America’s little darling’ peacefully passed away at her Woodside, California, home from natural causes, at the age of 85, on February 10, 2014 at 10:57pm.

“She was surrounded by her family and caregivers.”

“We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much-missed Charles Alden Black.”

She is survived by her children Susan, Charlie Jr, and Lori, granddaughter Teresa and great-granddaughters Lily and Emma.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Shirley Temple Black. The world mourns with you. God Bless you Shirley, and thank you for all the amazing memories, you will be missed.

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