These curly haired celebrities are as famous for their hair as they are for their achievements - even winning the Nobel Prize for Physics.

From Shaun White to Chaka Khan, there are so many great curlies to choose from (though never enough, right?) that we had a hard time whittling it down to just 10—5 curly guys and 5 curly gals. We chose these curlies based on varying factors: Are they natural (most of the time at least)? Do they represent curlies? Do they wear their curls proudly? Do we associate them with curly hair?

Here are our picks for Ten Iconic Curlies from old school to present day (and we mean old school). Ladies first, of course (but other than that, no particular order).

Shirley Temple

"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph." - Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

Why: The Original Curly Headed Doll! Birth Name: Shirley Jane Temple Born: April 23, 1928, Santa Monica, CA Hair Type: 2c

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Serious cute alert. Take pictures for goodness sakes!
  2. Keep the curls lightweight and well defined with AG Hair Cosmetics Mousse Gel.

Quick Facts

  1. Temple's mother did her hair for each movie; each hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.
  2. Temple's daughter, Lorax, is bassist for the grunge rock band The Melvins, whose music was a heavy influence on Nirvana.
  3. In 1972, Temple successfully overcame breast cancer.
  4. Actresses Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after her.
  5. Temple starred in more than forty major motion pictures.

In this video, Shirley Temple performs Animal Crackers in my Soup

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Libbi B.

Carole King should have been on this list. She is one of my curly heros!

Nick Valensi ;)

The article should have included Keri Russell and Taylor Swift.

Fun article. Really enjoyed it. And love all the curlies mentioned.

Oh, we have the same birthday..and nearly the same hair type..This is so cool, even though people like to call me "Diana Ross'. :)