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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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91.

Winter    

a great loss, RIP

193 days ago
92.

JA    

Don't feed the trolls!

193 days ago
93.

DogsRule    

SAD ... Loved your movies Shirley, you were one of a kind! May you Rest In Peace!

193 days ago
94.

Woot    

Aw.... rest in peace dear, iconic lady.

193 days ago
95.

Telstar    

TRULY world-famous. RIP, Shirley.

193 days ago
96.

cb    

Great choice of pictures at the top of the article today job well done.

193 days ago
97.

Gretel    

A while ago on a TV news station I saw a clip from an interview that was done with her when she got one of her ambassadorships. She spoke of how "Shirley" the child star opened doors for her, she sounded quite fond of the talented child she had been. Unfortunately, she got lost in the shuffle of time, because she is probably top of the list of Hollywood type/life type role models. RIP Shirley Temple and Ambassador Temple-Black, and thank you.

193 days ago
98.

buzz kill    

Class act, goodnight Shirley.

193 days ago
99.

nof    

"The Greatest Of Them All."

Who transitioned gracefully to public life.

Lived helping people and with great personal dignity.

What a class act she was and will always be.

Can you even imagine?

Being the most sought-after movie star on the planet?

The biggest star on Earth?

Before you even reach ten?

EMPERORS once sent for her!

Boggles the mind.

193 days ago
100.

Yurra Knutz    

On the good ship lollipop...

R.I.P.

193 days ago
101.

Marty    

Shirley Temple single handedly brought our country out of the Great Depression. She has done more good than any Politician in office today and should be treated as such in the media.

193 days ago
102.

tucker    

100% Hollywood icon and legend. Truly one of a kind. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

193 days ago
103.

DaveL    

I actually thought she had passed away years ago.

Condolences to her family, her friends, and her many fans.

193 days ago
104.

porkchop    

RIP Curly Top! We loved you!

And there is proof that a Hollywood child star can have a happy, productive life.

193 days ago
105.

tmz_diva    

she was a beautiful person. so talented. may she Rip. condolences to her family and friends.

193 days ago
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