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Child star Shirley Temple dies at age 85

Child star Shirley Temple was one the biggest star in Hollywood
Child star Shirley Temple was one the biggest star in Hollywood
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Shirley Temple, one of the most famous child stars of all time, has died at age 85. The singing and dancing actress, who got her start at age three, was one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1930s.

President Franklin Roosevelt dubbed her "Little Miss Miracle," (after her film Little Miss Marker) because she was credited with saving 20th Century Fox during the Depression. She was also called "America's little darling" and topped the list of most popular stars from 1935-1938.

Shirley Temple dolls were also wildly popular, as were a line of Temple-inspired girls' dresses and accessories.

Temple died February 10 at her home in Woodside, California, of natural causes, according to the BBC. "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers," according to a statement released by her family.

Her most popular films include Bright Eyes, A Little Princess, Curly Top and Heidi. She was given a special juvenile Oscar in 1935 when she was six, making her still her the youngest person to ever receive an Academy Award.

She continued acting into her teens, in films like the comedy The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, but was no longer the superstar she had been.

She retired from acting in 1950 but later resurfaced, under her married name, Shirley Temple Black, in the political arena as an ambassador to Ghana and the former Czechoslovakia.

Her family said in a statement, "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 for 55 years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black."

In 1935, Temple left her footprints and handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Unfortunately, her star is currently in storage, due to repairs on Vine Street, according to the Associated Press. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce instead placed flowers at the gateway to the Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea Avenue.