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Shirley Temple dead at 85; former actress was a child superstar in 1930s

Shirley Temple Black in 2006
Shirley Temple Black in 2006

Shirley Temple (also known as Shirley Temple Black) died at the age of 85 at her home in Woodside, Calif., on Feb. 10, 2014. According to an Associated Press report, Temple Black's publicist Cheryl Kagan made the announcement, and said that Temple Black was surrounded by family members and caregivers at the time of her death.

Shirley Temple was considered one of the first child actors to become a global superstar. From 1935 to 1938, her movies were among the decade's biggest hits. She retired from acting in movies at the age of 21, but she appeared on TV over the years as a host and occasional actress. She spent most of the rest of her career as a diplomat and ambassador representing the United States.

Her signature song "On the Good Ship Lollipop" was featured in the 1934 movie "Bright Eyes." Her other best-known movies included "Curly Top," "The Little Colonel" and "The Littlest Rebel."

Temple Black received an honorary Academy Award in 1998, and the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award in 2006.

Temple Black was married to her first husband, John Agar, from 1945 to 1949. They had a daughter named Susan, who was born a year before the marriage ended in divorce.

Temple Black was married to her second husband, Charles Black, from 1950 until his death in 2005. She had two children from that marriage: Lori and Charles.

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