Shirley Temple Black, Hollywood’s Biggest Little Star, Dies at 85

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Shirley Temple Black was born on April 23, 1928 and dies February 10, 2014. She was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, and she was a famous child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, ruling as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, one of the feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her great contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures during 1934, and film hits such as Curly.

From 1935 to 1939 she was one of the popular movie stars in America, she acted as a co-star in her first big hit, “Little Miss Marker”. She turned from a magical child into a teenager, audience interest slackened and she retired from the screen at 22 she created a successful second career for herself.

After marrying Charles Alden Black in 1950, she became a prominent Republican fund-raiser. She was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969. After winning an honorary Academy Award at the age of 6 and earning $3 million before puberty.

Shirley Temple Black, Hollywood’s Biggest Little Star, Dies at 85

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In its review of “Stand Up and Cheer” (1934), she called as a Shirley Temple a “surefire potential kidlet star.” She made eight movies in 1934 and moved from potential to full star in February, when Fox lent her to Paramount for “Little Miss Marker,” based on a Damon Runyon story.

She entered the private Westlake School for Girls in seventh grade, with little idea of how to cope. She had sat on 200 famous laps. Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood had created the Shirley Temple a nonalcoholic drink of lemon-lime soda, grenadine and a maraschino cherry in her honor. In the 1990s, audio recordings of Temple’s film songs and videos of her films were released with Temple receiving no profits. The Danbury Mint released plates and figurines depicting Temple in her film roles.

In “Child Star,” her 1988 autobiography, Mrs. Black said her mother had made a “calculated decision” to turn her only daughter into a professional dancer. At a fee of 50 cents a week, Mrs. Temple enrolled 3-year-old Shirley in Mrs. Meglin’s Dance Studio.


Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014, at the age of 85. She was at her home in Woodside, California. Her family statement was only that she died of natural causes. The specific cause, according to her death certificate released on March 3, 2014, she was suffered with obstructive pulmonary disease. A lifelong smoker, she avoided her habit in public to avoid setting a bad example to her fans. She is survived by her three children, as well as a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

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