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Shirley Temple, child star-turned-diplomat, dies at 85

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Shirley Temple, the iconic child star-turned-diplomat, died at the age of 85 on Monday night. Temple, known as Shirley Temple Black in her private life, passed away at approximately 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco as she was surrounded by family and caregivers, according to a Yahoo! News Report on Tuesday morning.

As a child star, Shirley Temple is remembered as the curly-haired girl with dimples who grinned, sang and danced for movie-goers during the Depression era. Her family released a statement saying that they salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as their beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black.

Reportedly, Shirley Temple was the top box-office attraction at America’s movies from 1935 through 1938 which is an accomplishment no other child star has ever surpassed. In her time, she outshone such current stars as Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Bing Crosby. She may be best remembered as a child star for her performance of “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in 1934.

Her movies “Curly Top and “The Littlest Rebel” have been given credit for saving 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy back in the day. Yet, she retired from acting at 21 years of age, raised a family and became active in the political world and served at several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations. She served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia during its historic collapse of communism in 1989.

As a child star, her tremendous popularity prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to say, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”

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