It proved to be a failure and ended in divorce four years later. It was a messy divorce with accusations of abuse and infidelities on Agar's part and didn't seem to fit well with the shining image of Shirley Temple. It came out that he had brought a string of women home during her pregnancy and often was drunk and belligerent.
The failure of her first marriage didn't seem to sour her on romance . Two months after her divorce from Agar she met Charles Alden Black. Twelve days later they were engaged. Their marriage remained a happy one until his death 55 years later.
Shirley was 22 and Black 30 when they met. Charles was an executive of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company and they met when she was on holiday in Honolulu. He had gone to Stanford for his degrees in business and was a decorated naval officer in World War II. Now he worked, by his own admission not very enthusiastically, as an executive in the Hawaiian company.
Charles was an avid surfer and one day when weather conditions proved unfavourable he accepted instead an invitation to a cocktail party. The weatherman was about to change his life. At that cocktail party he met Shirley. She said of their meeting "I fell in love with him at first sight. It sounds corny, but that's what happened. But I don't think he did with me." He made the startling revelation to her that he had never seen even one of her films.
They married in December of that year in California at the home of his family. It was a small, private ceremony attended by family members and close friends only. It was Charles' first marriage.
They remained in California where Charles was a businessman and maritime issues consultant, serving on many public boards and commissions.
Shirley's acting career floundered when she became an adult. Instead she followed a new career in public service. She ran for congress but didn't get elected. Then she switched to diplomatic circles; she was Ambassador to the United Nations, to Ghana and chief Protocol Office of the US.
Shirley and Charles had two children, Charles and Lori, to join Linda, the daughter she had with Agar.
Charles died in 2005 from complications of a bone marrow disease. He was 86.
Shirley died in 2014 in her California home. Her family issued the statement to the press after her death "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of 55 years."