Plan for today:
When was Shirley born?
Shirley was born on April 23, 1928
Where did Shirley grow up?
Shirley grew up in Santa Monica, California. Her
mother, Gertrude, loved singing and dancing and
took her daughter to auditions to get her into
What was Shirley's first major film?
Shirley acted in a number of small films, each
time getting strong reviews and praise. In 1933
she was in Stand Up and Cheer, which marked
the beginning of her fame.
How many movies did Shirley make?
Shirley starred in 43 feature films in 3 decades (30 years) from 1931 until 1961.
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Library visit today -- booktalks with Karl Pryor
What did Shirley do after leaving show business?
Shirley was married at age 17 to a handsome soldier name Jack Agar. They had a lovely daughter named Linda Susan. But Agar's personal problems led them to divorce four years later. It was then that Shirley met her true soulmate -- Charles Black, a former Naval Officer. They were married in 1950 and had two children -- Charlie, Jr. and Lori. Shirley went on to be a U.S. Representative to the United Nations, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, the first woman to be U.S. Chief of Protocol, during Gerald Ford's administration, and the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.