40 rare vintage photos of Shirley Temple at home
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In the mid-1930s, there was no one more famous in Hollywood than Shirley Temple. By the age of 10, she had already acted in 29 films. Although she has lived most of her life in the spotlight, these photos will give you a behind-the-scenes look and a glimpse into her family life over the years.
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Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California in 1928. Her first home was located at 948 24th Street and was a Spanish style bungalow.
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She began her acting career in 1932, landing a contract with Educational Pictures. Studio casting director Charles Lamont spotted her at his dance school, Ms. Meglin’s dance studio.
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When Shirley’s career took off, her family moved to a bigger house a few blocks away in 259 19th Street in Santa Monica. “Inside and out it was adorned with a jungle of plants suspended in wrought-iron pots,” Shirley wrote in her 1988 autobiography, Star Child. “A small shed has been installed as a playhouse in my garden.”
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But eventually Shirley’s fame necessitated a move to a more private home. Some overly obsessed fans approached the house, knocked on the front door, and even looked out the windows.
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In addition, Shirley received an extraordinary number of gifts, mainly dolls and other toys. The family simply needed more space.
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The actress’ new home had a large stone wall around the property and was closed with an iron gate. Here she is pictured with her dog Ching-Ching.
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The house also had a high-tech security system. Its windows would have been fitted with alarms directly connected to the police station, according to Yahoo.
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Shirley also had a “second home” – her dressing room on the 20th Century Fox studio lot. It was a real house, with a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom and a school room for the young star.
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Shirley’s acting career slowed during her teenage years. After leaving 20th Century Fox, her parents sent her to Westlake School for Girls to focus on her education.
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Shirley continued to act, just on a more limited basis. Between the ages of 14 and 21, she acted in only 14 films.
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The slower pace of cinema has allowed Shirley to live a somewhat more “normal” life. She pursued other interests, such as collecting dolls.
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Shirley also rode horses. The house at 227 Rockingham Avenue even had stables for his ponies.
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Like many children and teenagers at home during World War II, Shirley planted a victory garden. Here she is pictured with actor Monty Woolley and her dog Soda in her garden.
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While Shirley was able to adapt to more mature roles, audiences lost interest in her when she was no longer a child star.
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With her acting career in decline, Shirley turned to other pursuits. She specifically wanted to become the first girl in her class to get engaged, she revealed in his memoirs.
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When she was 15, Shirley met John Agar Jr. at a pool party at her neighbor’s house. (That neighbor was actress Zasu Pitts).
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Although John Agar was eight years older than her, Shirley was won over. She accepted his proposal just before her 17th birthday.
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The couple were married on September 19, 1945, at Wilshire United Methodist Church in front of a crowd of 500 people. The reception was held at Shirley’s family home.
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The couple eventually moved into Shirley’s former stand-alone playhouse, which was transformed into a real home. The address became 209 Rockingham Avenue.
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Shirley had her first child, daughter Linda Susan Agar, on January 30, 1948. Shirley was only 20 years old.
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Shirley’s husband was also an actor. He played with his wife in two films: Fort Apache and Adventure in Baltimore.
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The couple divorced in 1950. Shirley was granted custody of their daughter.
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Shirley quickly found love after her divorce. She met her next boyfriend, Charles Alden Black, a few months later.
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The two got engaged just 12 days after they started dating. They were married on December 16, 1950 at Charles Black’s parents’ home in Del Monte, California.
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Shirley took the name Charles Black, becoming Shirley Temple Black. She and her second husband would remain married until his death in 2005.
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By this time, Shirley had officially retired from acting, aged 22. She moved with Charles to Washington, DC, as he was stationed at the Pentagon at the time.
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While in DC, the couple had their first child together. Their son, Charles Alden Black Jr., was born on April 28, 1952.
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