Shirley Temple 1928-2014

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

MOTHER KNOWS BEST

Despite rumors of her mother's aggressive managing, Temple told PEOPLE in 1988 nothing was farther from the truth. "She did not push me into anything. I loved what I did," the actress said of mother Gertrude. "I remember cruel mothers who would pinch their children to make them cry in a scene, but my mother encircled me with affection."