Shirley Temple – The Teenage Years

By Karen Harris
Formal headshot portrait of actor Shirley Temple wearing a low cut evening dress, posing with flowers. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

We may remember Shirley Temple most for the films she did as a child actress in which she sang, dance, and dimpled her way through life. Shirley Temple was the biggest star of the 1930s, all before she even hit double digits. But like many child stars, Temple’s transition from youthful, childish roles to more mature and challenging one was not an easy one. Movie producers, eager to squeeze every ounce of box office bankability out of the young star, developed roles to showcase a sexier, bubblier teenage Temple but were not able to recapture the magic of Temple’s youthful draw. Let’s take a look at Shirley Temple’s teenage years.