Shirley Temple Dead @ 85

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Child star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85 in California from natural causes according to TMZ.

Shirley Temple Black — arguably the most famous child star ever — has died

Black passed away at her home in Woodside, California from natural causes.

She was an enormous star in her heyday. She began her acting career at 3 and her singing and dancing proved irresistible. Her most famous song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop” riveted audiences.

Her movies were must-sees in the 30s — especially “Bright Eyes,” “Stand Up and Cheer” and “Curly

She was so popular a drink was named after her and kids copied her curly haircut the way people copied Farrah Fawcett’s hairdo decades later.

In 1934, she was given a miniature Oscar for her work.

Black hung up her acting towel at 21 back in 1950 and after a break she returned to the public eye by throwing her hat in the political arena … running for Congress as a Republican.

She became a U.S. diplomat … serving as the U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

She married her first husband at 17, but it didn’t last. Her second marriage to Charles Black endured.

Black’s family and caregivers were with her when she died.

Source : TMZ

Updated: March 6, 2014 — 12:23 pm