Below, relive the highlights of these legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all of whom were less popular than a little girl from Santa Monica.
The future Rhett Butler was the second-biggest star in Hollywood during Temple's tenure, and he knew it. "I'm afraid of Shirley Temple," he joked to a fan magazine in 1937. "She haunts me. I can see her sitting up there, shaking her curls and twinkling her eyes at me."
The crooner was America's top singer of the '30s, but his film career was slower to take off. Crosby's popularity as an actor didn't peak until 10 years after Temple's did; he took over her position atop the Quigley's star charts from '44 to '49.
The cowboy actor starred with Temple in her early film Now and Forever, but though his career would outlast hers by decades, he was never Hollywood's No. 1 draw.
With an image nearly the polar opposite of Temple's squeaky-clean goodness, the delightfully devilish Crawford thrilled audiences throughout the '30s – just not as much as the curly-haired tyke did.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
They may have been slightly better dancers than Temple, but the ballroom duo couldn't compete with the pint-sized star at the box-office; like Gable, they were stuck behind her at the height of her popularity.