Former Hollywood Child Actress Shirley Temple Dies

'America's Little Darling' passes away from natural causes at 85

By Anucyia Victor | Published: 12 Feb 2014

Shirley Temple Dies
Photo: Shirley Temple at 16

Shirley Temple Black, arguably the most famous child star to emerge from Hollywood, died late Monday night. She died in her home in California "surrounded by family and caregivers", a statement issued from her family members to the BBC said

The actress started her career at the tender age of three and starred in her first feature film, Stand Up and Cheer, in 1934, when she was five. The youngest ever Oscar winner - a record she still holds - was given a special juvenile Oscar a year later. Famous for her curls as much as she was for her acting skills, Shirley made 14 short films and 43 features during her acting career. Hits included Little Miss Marker (1934) Curly Top (1935), The Littlest Rebel (1935) and Poor Little Rich Girl (1936). 

The child star had trouble sustaining an adult acting career and left the glittering lights of Hollywood at the age of 22. She got married to Californian businessman Charles Alden Black and started her new career as a foreign diplomat. She was posted as the US ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and moved to Czechoslovakia for the same role from 1989 to 1992. 

The statement also said, "We salute her for a life of remarkable acheivements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored wife of fifty-five years to the late and much missed Charles Alden Black."


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