Shirley Temple’s first mention in Variety came in September 1932, when she was all of 4 years old and signed to star in film shorts produced by Jack Hays (who is not to be confused with the Hays’ Office). The following year, Temple signed a seven-year deal with Fox.
Shirley Temple’s swift rise as a B.O. goldmine inevitably led to salary disputes between her parents and Fox. By 1934, in the depths of the Depression, she was able to command $50,000 per picture.
Shirley Temple made several hit pics with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson including “The Littlest Rebel.”
….and “The Little Colonel”
By 1936 Shirley Temple was considered Hollywood’s B.O. leader.
And she was still a draw for 20th Century Fox in 1939.
By the 1940s, Shirley Temple’s star was on the wane. She began working for other studios, including MGM, and dabbling in radio and commercials.