Shirley Temple Net Worth

How much is Shirley Temple worth?

Net Worth:$32 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:April 23, 1928
Country:United States of America
1.57 m

About Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was an American actress, author, businesswoman, dancer, diplomat, and singer. She began her film career in 1931 when she was just three years old and quickly achieved international fame with her role in “Bright Eyes”. From 1934 to 1938, she was the number one box-office draw as a child actress in Hollywood. In the late 1960s, after she stopped acting, she began her diplomatic career as the US representative at the United Nations General Assembly.

American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat Shirley Temple had a net worth of $32 million dollars at the time of her death, in 2014. Temple was Hollywood’s number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1934 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

How Did Shirley Temple Get So Rich?

The acclaimed actress and diplomat is rich thanks to her many talents that brought her a lot of wealth. At the beginning of her career, Temple was received no more than $10 a day. 1934 was the breakthrough year that brought her a lot of wealth and international popularity. That year, she took part in “Stand Up and Cheer!”, “Baby Take a Bow”, “Change of Heart”, “Little Miss Marker”, “Now I’ll Tell”, and “Bright Eyes”.

Thanks to her role in the movie “Stand Up and Cheer!” the child actor was able to land a contract that brought her $150 per week. Throughout the late 1930s and the entire 1940s, while she was a teenager and then a young adult, Shirley participated in films that earned her a total of $200.000 or $300.000 apiece. Among some of her most notable roles are in “Young People”, “Kathleen”, “Honeymoon”, “Fort Apache”, and “A Kiss for Corliss”, with the latter being her final film until 1976, when she appeared as herself in “America at the Movies”.

Why is she so famous?

Shirley Temple gained fame with her breakthrough role in the feature film “Bright Eyes”. She was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. She is the third child of George, bank employee, and Gertrude Temple, a homemaker. She has two brothers, George Jr. and John and all of them were raised in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Shirley’s mother encouraged her to develop her acting, dancing, and singing talents and enrolled her in the Meglin’s Dance School in September 1931.

While attending the dance school, she was spotted by the casting director for Education Pictures, Charles Lamont. He signed her to a contract in 1932 and soon, Shirley began her acting career and landed her debut role in the feature film “The Red-Haired Alibi”. In both 1931 and 1932, she was part of Baby Burlesks and starred in eight very popular films from 1931 and 1932. The following year, she received two roles in long feature films – “Out All Night” and “To the Last Man” and three roles in short films.

What Makes Her So Successful?

Being able to adapt and work in not just the business world but also in film industry is what makes the businesswoman so successful. Towards the end of her film career, Shirley Temple began working on the radio. She had her own radio show titled “Junior Miss”, which aired on CBS from March to August 1942.

In the 1950s, she began her diplomatic career and joined the California Republican Party. For more than three decades, she joined the office of the US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush. She was the 9th US Ambassador to. Ghana, the 18th Chief of Protocol of the US and the 27th US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. During her impressive diplomatic career, Shirley was also present in the Velvet Revolution and served on the boards of directors for many large organizations and enterprises such as “Walt Disney“, “Bank of America”, “Bank of California”, “Del Monte Foods”, “United Nations Association”, “National Wildlife Foundation”, and “UNESCO”.


Shirley Temple is considered to be one of the greatest female screen legends of America and the Hollywood cinema. From April 1928 to February 2014 (when she passed away), she was able to flourish in the entertainment business and in the politics. Her career began as a child actor in the early 1930s and she continued acting until the 1950s.

Starting the 1950s, she became a businesswoman and a diplomat. For the next 30 years, she worked for three of the US presidents and, besides earning more than $35 million, she also won herself many awards and honors, including the “Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award”, the “Kennedy Center Honors” and her own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”.

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