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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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217 COMMENTS

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Just My Opinion    

I cried this morning when I heard this on the news. I grew up watching her and I just adored her so much.
R.I.P Shirley .. I love you very much!

The Good Ship Lollipop has now taken you to a better place.

253 days ago
17.

just because    

shirley temple dead

253 days ago
18.

just because    

Who's Left now???!!! Pippi Longstocking?!!!

253 days ago
19.

just because    

i hope dj am, paul walker, heath ledger, travis barkers assistant, tupac, proof from d12, the kid from n2get+her,

253 days ago
20.

NameNotImportat    

No one under 60 cares...

253 days ago
21.

lisa     

watch her when I was growing up RIP Shirley Temple

253 days ago
22.

Stupid ppl    

Finally we can talk about a REAL celebrity ,not that murderer Zimmerman.May you rest in peace Shirley Temple .

253 days ago
23.

bbbarbiedoll    

People saying stupid things about this woman just proves how ignorant and disrespectful the generations are becoming. No hope for our kids future when they just get more stupid with time. Ever seen the movie "idiocracy"? Yeah, it's like that. Smh .

253 days ago
24.

JMitch    

She was a woman with class, unlike some of the idiots commenting. May God bless her beautiful, sweet soul.

253 days ago
25.

IMPERFECT    

Thought she lived in woodland hills, ca not woodside ca

253 days ago
26.

john johnson    

long, long before honey boo boo. R.I.P.

253 days ago
27.

Mizit4    

RIP

253 days ago
28.

Miara    

Thanks Shirley Temple, for all of the wonderful childhood memories with "Our Gang" on the Little Rascals. RIP

253 days ago
29.

DDKITTY    

I agree with the other posts that say a true Hollywood legend was lost. Rest in peace Shirley.

253 days ago
30.

DDKITTY    

I agree with the other posts that say a true Hollywood legend was lost. Rest in peace Shirley.

253 days ago
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