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Shirley and Sergeant Agar, Leaving Church
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Ballew, Howard
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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John George Agar (1921-2002) was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He married 17-year-old Shirley Temple on September 19, 1945, and retired from the Army in 1946. Agar became an actor, and the couple made two films together, "Fort Apache" and "Adventure in Baltimore". Agar and Temple were married five years, and had one daughter together, Linda Susan Agar. The marriage became troubled, and they filed for divorce on December 5, 1949; it was finalized exactly one year to the day. On January 1950, just a month after her divorce, Temple met WWII Navy Silver Star hero Charles Alden Black, and the two married on December 16, 1950. Agar also re-married following his divorce from Temple; he wed model Loretta Barnett Combs in 1951.
Shirley Temple, idol of millions as former child film star, shown exiting Wilshire Methodist Church with new husband, Sgt. John Agar Jr., after their evening nuptials. It was estimated that more than 12,000 people gathered in the street to catch a glimpse of the star and her bridegroom, bringing the traffic to a standstill. Photograph dated September 20, 1945.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 5036
Temple, Shirley,--1928-2014
Agar, John,--1921-2002
United States.--Army
Wilshire United Methodist Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Marriage--Press coverage--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Husband and wife--California--Los Angeles
Betrothal--California--Los Angeles
Methodist church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Allison & Allison

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