Woodside, CA: Child actress and singer Shirley Temple has died.
Child actress and singer Shirley Temple, known in her private life as Shirley Temple Black, has died at the age of 85 of natural causes at her home near Woodside, California at around 11:00pm PT late Monday night.
This talented and ultra-adorable entertainer was America’s top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938 which is a record no other child star has come near.
She started dancing at 2 year old then started acting at 3 year old and starred in her first film in 1932 when she played the part of the “Baby Burlesks” in a series of short films called “War Babies.”
Her hits also included, “Little Miss Marker” in 1934, “Curly Top” in 1935, and “The Littlest Rebel” in 1935.
She starred in 4 massive box-office draws before she turned 10 year old, commanding a then unheard of $50,000 per movie.
Her singing, tap dancing, and acting captured the hearts of millions of people and her corkscrew curl hair became popular with little girls from 1930 to 1970.
In 1934, she was awarded a special miniature Oscar for outstanding contribution to the silver screen.
Her immense popularity prompted United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to say, “as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”
At 17 year old, she married John Agar, who she starred with in a couple films, and both her and Agar had a daughter in 1948, but she filed for divorce the following year.
She retired from filmmaking at the age of 22 and married Charles Black, which changed her last name to Temple Black, and they had 2 children. That marriage lasted until his death in 2005 at the age of 86.
In 1958, she made a comeback as an entertainer, this time on television, in her own hourlong show, “Shirley Temple’s Storybook” which aired 38 episodes.
In 1972, she successfully battled breast cancer.
She became a foreign diplomat serving in the United States delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974 then was United States Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 followed by United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
She later received numerous awards and honors in her lifetime, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Funeral arrangements for her are still pending, but a online remembrance guestbook has been set up at the following website address:
** Picture is courtesy of Wikipedia. **