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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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Straight Talkin Texan    

I'm an avid Shirley Temple fan. She was amazingly talented at a very young age, and the magnitude of her talent was/is rare.

215 days ago
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ofeelala    

RIP Shirley Temple♥♡♥♡

215 days ago
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Cream pie    

Rip

215 days ago
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michelle    

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not only a super star
a credit to the human race
due to her timeless talents she will live on in the hearts of future generations forevermore
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R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black
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G-d Bless
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215 days ago
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LoveYaAlwaysLisaD    

RIP...I loved her.

215 days ago
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Sugar Kitty    

RIP Miss Shirley. You were a legend in your own time, a true talent, a wonderful human being and loved by many in the world. Yours is a life well lived. Condolences to family.

215 days ago
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Hoda sallam    

Sorry for her

215 days ago
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jcb1987    

Used to watch her movies with my gram, great lady, RIP.

215 days ago
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Bobbieg    

My grandson loves to watch her movies and he is only 6 years old. He will also sing with her as she sings. RIP Ms. Shirley Temple. You will be missed by many.

214 days ago
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confuzzy    

so sad she was a amazing woman

212 days ago
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Shirl50    

She was a great actress and an American icon. You will be missed deeply. My prayers to the family and friends. May you rest in peace for you are an Angel already.

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