R.I.P. Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

Child star, enduring screen icon, and U.S. diplomat Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85 from natural causes.

Her publicist, Cheryl Kagan, noted that she passed away on Monday evening in her San Francisco home, surrounded by family and caregivers.

Before she was even ten years old, Temple starred in a series of family-friendly, values-rich hits such as Bright Eyes, Curly Top, and Heidi, all released during the Depression.

She was honoured with a Juvenile Oscar in 1934, and was the biggest box office draw from 1935 to 1938.

Yes, they named the drink after her too.

By 1938, she was the seventh-highest earner in America.

Temple’s last film appearance came in 1949, the result of her struggling to find success as an adolescent.

She became a political activist later in life, inspired by second husband Charles Black, eventually being named Chief of Protocol of the United States by President Ford in 1976, and holding ambassadorial duties in Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Shirley Temple Black – as she was known privately – is survived by her children Susan, Charlie Jr., and Lori.

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