It's been less than a month since the passing of Hollywood screen legend Shirley Temple Black on February 10th. But with all the Oscar hoopla today, we thought it would be nice to remember her time spent among us here in LA. Born in Santa Monica in 1928, Shirley Temple lived and worked in Hollywood from her earliest memories until she left for Northern California in 1954. Her later years may be remembered primarily for her politics and work as an Ambassador, but her time in Los Angeles was mainly spent in the movie studios. We've compiled a list of all of her homes in LA and other locations that are important in the story of her life. Here's hoping Shirley get the final image in tonight's In Memoriam segment! Good luck Shirley.
Other Places Not on the Map:
Desert Inn - Palm Springs
123 North Palm Canyon Drive
Needing to escape the Hollywood publicity machine, George and Gertrude would take Shirley to Palm Springs, staying at a rented house or the Desert Inn (now the site of Desert Fashion Plaza and the Forever Marilyn statue). From mydesert.com: "Locals have reminisced about Shirley's time at The Desert Inn, describing how she played with local children and was simply, "the sweetest little girl." In circa 1938, while Shirley was prepping for "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," she and Desert Inn owner Nellie Coffman made the papers when Shirley christened her own cottage at The Desert Inn; she of course, used a bottle of milk rather than a bottle of champagne."
200 Block of Coral Ave, Balboa Island, Newport Beach
The OC Register remembers Shirley Temple's time spent on Balboa Island as a youngster, where her family rented a cottage. "Longtime Newport Beach resident George Grupe is 92, but he turns 12 all over again when he recalls the youngster on the tricycle riding up and down the sidewalk near his childhood home on Balboa Island. He can still hear the sound of the bell mounted on the handlebars. Shirley Temple just loved to ring it as she rode along, Grupe says. "She said, 'Out of my way. I'm Shirley Temple the movie star.' Ringing that bell – ding-dong, ding-dong."
9521 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
The property at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Foothill Road is listed as a childhood home of Shirley's in several sources (including this Curbed story). However, we can't find any additional details about the home or how long she might have lived there with her family.