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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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DDKITTY    

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

192 days ago
32.

DDKITTY    

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

192 days ago
33.

Changeitback    

Man she got hot in her 20s RIP

192 days ago
34.

bbbarbiedoll    

Why are our younger people today so f%$#ing stupid?

192 days ago
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bbbarbiedoll    

Why are our younger people today so f%$#ing stupid?

192 days ago
36.

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 .

192 days ago
37.

JMitch    

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

192 days ago
38.

IMPERFECT    

Thought she lived in woodland hills, ca not woodside ca

192 days ago
39.

She's baaaack    

At some point someone did right by the child who was Shirley Temple, giving her a sense of herself outside of performing and being adored by the public. She grew up to be a fine woman and never sullied the image of the immensely talented child she was. RIP Ms Temple-Black, well done.

192 days ago
40.

think101    

RIP Shirley and thank you for movies that children could watch.

192 days ago
41.

Black Adam    

I thought she died in the 90's.

192 days ago
42.

Sheldon Siegel    

A child star bigger than any before or since and she never got into trouble. I guess having GOOD parents does that.

192 days ago
43.

R    

She was good in The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer and had grown into a beautiful young woman. She was one of the greats.

192 days ago
44.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

"My duck can do a wonderful trick. My duck can lay an egg" What is just so wonderful about that? Well .......can you lay an egg? My all time favorite.

192 days ago
45.

zombie    

A truly talented actress and great U.S Ambassador.

192 days ago
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