Shirley Temple

Library and Archives Canada / C-029451

Date of Birth: April 23, 1928

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: February 10, 2014

Place of Death: Woodside, California

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Dutch

Shirley Temple was an American actress, singer, dancer, businessperson, diplomat, and public servant. She is famous for starring in the original A Little Princess film, among many other roles. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, from December 6, 1974 to July 13, 1976, Chief of Protocol of the United States, from July 1, 1976 to January 21, 1977, and the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, from August 23, 1989 to July 12, 1992.

Shirley was the daughter of Gertrude Amelia (Krieger) and George Francis Temple. Her father had English, Dutch, and German ancestry. Her mother had German and Irish ancestry.

Shirley’s paternal grandfather was Francis “Frank” Marion Temple (the son of Reuben/Reubin Smith Brown Temple and Jane W. Dunham). Reuben was the son of Robert Temple and Eliza Allen. Jane was the daughter of Daniel Dunham and Amelia.

Shirley’s paternal grandmother was Cynthia Fell/Flake Yeager/Yaeger (the daughter of George William Yeager/Yaeger and Sarah Emeline Amberson). George was the son of Michael Yeager/Yaeger and Cynthia Fell. Sarah was the daughter of George/Tarelton Bates Amberson and Emeline/Emaline Flake.

Shirley’s maternal grandfather was Otto Julius/Charles Krieger (the son of Karl Krieger and Wilhelmina Henkelmann/Hinckelmann). Karl was born in Jettenbach, Upper Bavaria, Germany, the son of Johann Michael Franz Krieger and Maria Magdalena Blauth. Wilhelmina was born in Haschbach am Remigiusberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Shirley’s maternal grandmother was Maude Elizabeth McGrath (the daughter of Thomas H. or Frank McGrath and Amelia Charters). Thomas was Irish. Amelia was born in Canada.

Sources: Genealogies of Shirley Temple –


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4 Responses

  1. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    She was an adorable child actress.

  2. Ron says:

    Love that Shirley ! She won & honorary Academy Award ! She’s still attractive & loved !

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