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Shirley Temple Black

Dies at 85

2/11/2014 3:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Shirley Temple Black -- arguably the most famous child star ever -- has died. 

Black passed away at her home in Woodside, California from natural causes.

She was an enormous star in her heyday.  She began her acting career at 3 and her singing and dancing was irresistible. Her most famous song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop" riveted audiences.

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Her movies were must-sees in the 30s -- especially "Bright Eyes," "Stand Up and Cheer" and "Curly
Top."

She was so popular a drink was named after her, and kids copied her curly haircut the way people copied Farrah Fawcett's decades later.

In 1934, she was given a miniature Oscar for her work.

Black hung up the acting towel at 21 -- back in 1950 -- and after a break she returned to the public eye by throwing her hat in the political arena ... running for Congress as a Republican. 

She became a U.S. diplomat ... serving as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

She married her first husband at 17, but it didn't last.  Her second marriage to Charles Black endured. 

Black's family and caregivers were with her when she died.

The family said, "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."

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1.

Lizzi    

first

67 days ago
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Lizzi    

second

67 days ago
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Lizzi    

third.. and rip

67 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

Shirley Temple Black Dead -- Dies at 85...................R.i.P

67 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Aww RIP

67 days ago
6.

verlinda    

R.I.P. Shirley. Thank you for Heidi.

67 days ago
7.

billybob    

Better late than never . . .

67 days ago
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INTHEZONE    

she was almost as famous as lindsay lohan

67 days ago
9.

rhode    

R.I.P and prayers for her family.

67 days ago
10.

TMZCrazy    

She was worthy of an Oscar nomination for her role in "The Little Princess" (1939). RIP.

67 days ago
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3Storms    

She was truely a real Hollywood legend. Rest in peace.

67 days ago
12.

Keyser Söze    

An actual, true Hollywood legend. RIP.

67 days ago
13.

INTHEZONE    

they should maybe have her
stuffed and mounted
and put on diplay somewhere
in hollywood

67 days ago
14.

harvey is racist    

she's nothing special

can we get some justin bieber updates..

who's this old clown?

i dont want to see this.

we need either bieber update or kim kardashian update

67 days ago
15.

Bruno    

Have they found her drug dealer yet?

67 days ago
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