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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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46.

Judy    

This is really sad. Condolences to her family and may she RIP.

A sad story about a truly classy actress, followed by stories about the skanks of today. They could all learn a less from Shirley Temple.

232 days ago
47.

Patrick NeSmith    

R.I.P.

232 days ago
48.

JA    

RIP

She was a legend, one of few child stars who had a responsible parent watching over her as she grew up to the woman she was.

232 days ago
49.

Margarida Maria    

Shirley Temple, child prodigy of Hollywood. An example of child star. She was part of the true cinema.
Rest in peace, Shirley Temple

232 days ago
50.

TT    

Oh my... she one of the biggest icons of the 30s.

My condolences to her family.


R.I.P.

232 days ago
51.

Zinn    

One of the most beloved film stars of the 20th century. Saved the "Depression Era" from total depression.. RIP Shirley....

232 days ago
52.

Ron Fing Swanson    

She looked younger than her 85. Rip

232 days ago
53.

TT    

Oh my... she one of the biggest icons of the 30s.

My condolences to her family.


R.I.P.

232 days ago
54.

JMitch    

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

232 days ago
55.

Clytemnestra    

Her talents were amazing. To watch her sing and dance and to know how young she was is hard to believe.

232 days ago
56.

Violette-Blue    

RIP to an amazing child actor, adult actor, mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother. She was alsoa wonderful human being. This was someone to look up to. She showed the world you can be a child actor, grow up and still do very well for themselves. When I was a little girl I had those curls (all natural) and when people called me little Shirley Temple I would smile.

232 days ago
57.

Violette-Blue    

RIP to an amazing child actor, adult actor, mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother. She was alsoa wonderful human being. This was someone to look up to. She showed the world you can be a child actor, grow up and still do very well for themselves. When I was a little girl I had those curls (all natural) and when people called me little Shirley Temple I would smile.

232 days ago
58.

Violette-Blue    

RIP to an amazing child actor, adult actor, mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother. She was alsoa wonderful human being. This was someone to look up to. She showed the world you can be a child actor, grow up and still do very well for themselves. When I was a little girl I had those curls (all natural) and when people called me little Shirley Temple I would smile.

232 days ago
59.

TT    

Oh my... she one of the biggest icons of the 30s.

My condolences to her family.


R.I.P.

232 days ago
60.

boo boo    

I cried! Every little girl has had our hair pinned in curls and we copied her dancing and singing. Forever imitated but never duplicated. A real class act all the way. I'm still crying.

232 days ago
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