The little girl with the head full of curls, who at the age of six was already singing and dancing her way into the hearts of people the world over, is turning 80 today. Shirley Temple was the top-billed star of the mid-1930s. In 1932, Temple earned $50 for two days of work on one of her first films, The Red-Haired Alibi; by 1934, she was making $1,000 a week plus a $35,000 bonus at the end of each film. Her mother accompanied her to work each day, pinned her hair into 56 corkscrew curls and sent her before the cameras with an encouraging, "Sparkle, Shirley. Sparkle!"
Happy Birthday Shirley!