A Look Back: Shirley Temple's Life in Photos

From iconic child star to political activist, PEOPLE honors the legacy of the curly-haired cutie


The star's big-screen breakthrough came in 1934's Stand Up and Cheer!, one of a series of musicals meant to gladden the nation in the wake of the Great Depression. The film, which costarred Madge Evans (pictured) and James Dunn, was the first to showcase Temple's singing and dancing talents, particularly with the song "Baby Take a Bow."