Veteran actress/singer Shirley Temple has died from natural causes at the age of 85. The former child star passed away at her home in Woodside, California on Monday night (10Feb14) surrounded by her family.
Her agent 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."
Temple made her acting debut aged three in 1932 and went on to find international fame with 1934 film Bright Eyes, which was written specifically for her and features her iconic performance of On The Good Ship Lollipop.
She enjoyed a number of movie successes throughout the 1930s and 1940s with films including Curly Top and Heidi, and in 1935 she became the first child star to receive a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her achievements in the film industry.
By 1936 she was commanding huge salaries for her films and had become so famous that a bartender in Beverly Hills, California named a cocktail after her.
She was married twice, first to John Agar in 1945, aged 17, and again in 1950 to Charles Alden Black who she remained married to until his death in 2005. She changed her name to Temple Black after wedding the businessman.
Temple announced her retirement from the film industry in 1950 and when on to launch a political career.
She was an active member of America's Republican party and ran for Congress in 1967. She continued to pursue her political ambitions even after failing in her bid to win a Congressional seat, and held positions including America's chief of protocol in the Department of State and diplomatic posts including Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
After undergoing surgery for breast cancer in 1972, Temple became one of the first prominent woman to openly discuss the illness.
Temple won a host of awards during her career, including the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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