Shirley Temple, probably the most famous child star of all times, died by natural causes at the age of 85, surrounded by family and caregivers. The former actress began dancing at 2 years old and started acting one year later. Her career at Hollywood was short, but impressive.
Shirley Temple , former child-actor and diplomat, died in her house in California at the beginning of this week. She was surrounded by her three children, her grand-daughter and her two grand-grand-daughters. Former presidential couple George W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, made a public declaration to express their condolences for Shirley Temple’s lost.
Funeral arrangements are to be made and a remembrance guest book will be set up online at shirleytemple.com.
A rising Baby-Star
Shirley Temple Black – as she was known in adulthood years – had made her start on the silver screen at the young age of 3. Her golden locks and adorable face made a whole nation fall in love with her in 1932 when her first noticeable movie, “War Babies”, hit the screen. The little girl soon became a box-office wonder and kept the title for some time. She also received a paycheck of $50.000, an un-earthly amount for the time of the Great Depression.
Fame and Popularity Short-Lived
The child actress had Hollywood at her little feet. She outclassed adult iconic stars of the time like Clark Gable and Bing Crosby, being a top box-office star four years in a row. Her greatest roles include “Little Miss Marker”(1934), “Curly Top”(1935) and “The Littlest Rebel”(1935). People affected by the Great Depression were keen to forgot about their problems and let the curly girl light-up their face with her cute smile.
But Shirley was growing up and her fame was growing down with the age. By the time she was in her teens she ended her contract with 20th Century Fox. At age 22, after a rather failed come-back, she retired from film-making forever.
Shirley got married to Charles Black, changed her name to Temple Black and began a foreign diplomat career, which turned out to be fruitful. She kept her charisma all her life, which helped her accomplish her role as member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations (1969-1974), U.S. ambassador to Ghana (1974-1976), and U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989-1992).
Shirley Temple still remains an American movie icon, her movies being broadcast after 80 years since they were filmed and her trademark corkscrew curls still being recognized by any average American.