Famed former child actress Shirley Temple dies



Famed former child actress Shirley Temple dies

(CNN)Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.
She was 85.
Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.
She began acting at age 3 and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.

Her star shone brightest as a toddler, and 20th Century Fox cranked out a series of feature films with the adorable, talented little girl. Her hits included “Little Miss Marker” (1934), “Curly Top” (1935) and “The Littlest Rebel” (1935).
At the box office, she beat out the great adult stars of her day, such as Clark Gable and Bing Crosby. Her popularity spawned a large array of merchandizing items, such as dolls, hats and dresses.
She was the top box-office star four years in a row, from 1935 to 1938. Her career was at its peak as the country was suffering the effects of the Great Depression, and her films offered uplifting moments.
But as she got older, the pace of movies slowed, and by 1939, her popularity was fading. She and 20th Century Fox terminated her contract early in 1940, just before she reached her teenage years

She retired from filmmaking at 22 and married Charles Black, changing her last name from Temple to Temple Black.
But she did not fade from the public eye.
She embarked on a new career as 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,” a statement said.

May she rest in peace.
Probably a lot of you here never heard of her. When I was a kid her movies were still rerun on TV.
I knew she had been a diplomat but serving in Czechoslovakia 1989-92 must have been interesting.


OH, the end of an era. :frowning:


my favorite actress…even more than Amy Adams. Her films are very clean - I love to watch them with my nieces…very little to worry about in the 1930s ones…just good clean fun with good music.

There are still a handful of her 1930s films NOT on DVD…so now that she has passed…I hope 20th century Fox considers releasing the rest.

Now there’s a reason to watch the Academy Awards this year (only was going to watch for Best Song winner)…I am sure there will be a mention of America’s Sweetheart with the tribute to those who passed away.


There are two other threads running re the passing of ST.Can the mods merge them ?


she made an impression on so many of us as children. who can forget the song “on the good ship lollipop”. what a treasury of film she left behind and she continued to give of herself as an adult and after she left hollywood behind.

she seems to be one of the few childhood actors who made it out ok from hollywood.
i can’t imagine the busy schedule she had as a small child learning the songs and dances she performed in her movies. talk about a work ethic!!

May she rest in peace.


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