Shirley Temple net worth and salary: Shirley Temple was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and author who had a net worth of $30 million. Shirley Temple Black was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California to a homemaker mother and a banker father. At the age of three, Shirley started taking dance classes at Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles. Around the same time, Shirley's mother had the idea to style her daughters hair in curls rings in tribute to the famous actress Mary Pickford. After a year of dance classes, Shirley entered a talent competition at her school and was soon landed a series of bit parts in short films and modeling jobs. In 1934, when she was just six years old, Shirley signed a contract with Fox Films. That same year she landed what would become her breakout role in the movie "Stand Up and Cheer!". Pretty soon Shirley was the talk of the town and earning $1250 per week, which is equal to $22,000 after adjusting for inflation. Before the age of 14, Shirley had earned $3 million as a child actor which is equal to $34 million after adjusting for inflation.
Shirley achieved true super-star status after the movie "Bright Eyes" was released. The movie was written specifically for her and featured Shirley's now trademark singing abilities with the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop". The song alone sold 500,000 copies of sheet music. Shriley would go on to appear in dozens more films, most notably Curly Top, Our Little Girl, Poor Little Rich Girl, Dimples, The Littlest Rebel, and Heidi. Several of these films were the highest grossing movies in the years they were released. By 1940, when Shirley was 12 years old, her career began to wane slightly. At that point, her parents decided to buy out her contract from Fox and send her to normal school. She did appear in a few more movies and television shows, but none quite captured the magic of her earliest efforts. In 1967 Shirley ran for Congress but lost. She eventually became the Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She also served on the boards of several corporations during her lifetime, including Del Monte, The Walt Disney Company, Bank of America and more. Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014 at the age of 85 in Woodside, California.