At the age of seven, Shirley Temple received a contract from 20th Century Fox (in 1936) that would pay her $50,000 per film. And by 1938, Fox had upped her salary to $10,000 a week. When she was 10 years old in 1938, Temple was reported to have earned a staggering sum of more than $300,000.
Shirley Temple's movie career started at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. She was famed for being bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and fans ultimately bought millions of dollars’ worth of products that had her likeness on them.
On February 10, 2014, at the age of 85, she died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, California.
After her death, people recalled Shirley Temple's charm and charming movies, but often forgotten today is her courage in telling the world in 1972 that at age 44 she had developed cancer and had undergone a mastectomy. Find out more at The Huffington Post.