Shirley Temple, Famous Child Actress, Dies

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

(CNN) — Shirley Temple, who rose to fame as arguably one of the most famous child actresses in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.

She was 85.

Temple died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home, surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from the publicist said.

Temple starred in four massive box-office draws before she turned 10, commanding a then-unheard of $50,000 per movie.

She retired from filmmaking at 22, but she did not fade from the public eye. Far from it.

She embarked on a new career a foreign diplomat: She served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974, was U.S. Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

“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 of fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” the statement said.

Funeral arrangements are pending. A remembrance guest book will be set up online at shirleytemple.com.

3 comments

  • JIM

    SHE WAS THE MOST TALENTED CHILD ACTRESS I EVER SAW.SINGING AND DANCING AND NOW MOST OF HER MOVIES HAVE BEEN COLORIZED

  • Glenda Hindman

    The most talented little girl EVER!!!! She became a gracious and kind woman, and will never be forgotten. I have many of her movies when she was a child star, and have enjoyed watching them with all of my Grandchildren. They came to love her as I did when I was a child. My Grandchildren are young adults now, and when they have children, I don’t doubt for a minute they will watch Shirley’s movies with their children. She will live on with each generation!!! I dearly loved her, and will miss her terribly. REST IN PEACE, SHIRLEY ……….and live on forever in our hearts:) <3<3<3

  • Sue

    Absolutely amazing actress! She was 3 yrs old when. she started. acting. No one else even comes close to the height of success as Shirley Temple. Her movies were so entertaining with such great stars! I still have some movies of hers and I still love watching them. She was great! R.I.P Shirley!

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