Shirley Temple's Kids Come Clean About Their Late Mother To Reveal What We've All Been Suspecting
Cailyn Finkel 10/17/2018
On what would've been Shirley Temple's 90th birthday, her friends and loved ones gathered to celebrate her life, accomplishments, and joys. While many of us know Shirley as a curly-headed child star, she ended up being so much more before she passed away at the age of 85 in 2014.
Now her children are spilling what they loved most about their mother and the incredible legacy she left behind...
It was a crisp April day in 1928 when Gertrude Amelia Temple, a homemaker, and bank employee George Francis Temple welcomed their third child into the world. Shirley Temple was as cute as a button and melted hearts from one corner of their hometown of Santa Monica, California, to the other.
From the time Shirley was a toddler, it was clear she was meant to be a superstar. Gertrude encouraged her daughter to follow her obvious artistic skills. Shirley was enrolled in the Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles in 1931 where she quickly rose to the top of the class.
The toddler gained attention around Hollywood in the months after enrolling - being cast in her first role when she was just three years old. After a few smaller roles, Shirley finally got her big break with her role on the film Stand Up and Cheer!. The world was Shirley's oyster but she never let the fame get to her head.
In the years following her iconic roles in blockbusters films like Bright Eyes, Curly Top and Heidi, she married her first husband and gave birth to her eldest child, Linda Susan. Unfortunately, the marriage didn't work out and the couple split five years after tying the knot.
It wasn't long until Shirley remarried - but this time to her soulmate. The pair had two children together, Charles Jr. and Lori, and enjoyed life out of the limelight. Even though family life was her true calling, there was something within Shirley that never stopped wanting to give back to the world that loved her so deeply.
Before her passing, Shirley was a beloved social activist, the United States ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and she once served as the Chief of Protocol of the United States.
Susan toldCloser Weekly that there was no one quite like her mother:
"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 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."
Shirley's only son agreed. Charles Jr. said:
"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."
By all accounts, Shirley was a dedicated mother, proud diplomat and a beloved piece of Hollywood history. Her memory will live on forever!