Shirley Temple Black – the most famous child star in early Hollywood – has passed away. She was 85.
Shirley died Monday night at her home in Woodside, California of natural causes. She was surrounded by family and loved ones at the time of her death.
Black stared her acting career at age 3 … and became so famous that a soft drink was named after her and many people copied her curly hair just as Farrah Fawcett’s was copied.
Her movies captivated audiences so much in the 30s that they became must-sees. Her most famous song On the Good Ship Lollipop made her a darling in America.
Her biggest movies include Curly Top, Bright Eyes, and Stand Up and Cheer. She won a miniature Oscar in 1934.
After retiring from acting at age 21, Shirley Temple ran for Congress as a Republican, before becoming the U.S ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Her family says in a statement, ‘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.’