Veteran Actress Shirley Temple Passed Away at 85


Yesterday, veteran actress and the former child star Shirley Temple passed away from natural causes at the age of 85, at her home in Woodside, California. She died surrounded by her family.

“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 for 55 years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” wrote her agent in a statement.

Shirley made her debut in 1932, and paved her way to Hollywood stardom with Bright Eyes in 1934.

Through the 30s and 40s she enjoyed a number of movie achievements, including Curly Top and Heidi. She was the first child star who received a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her success in the film industry in 1935.

In 1945, she married John Agar and in 1950 she married Charles Alden Black with whom she remained with until his death in 2005. After marrying the businessman, she changed her name to Temple Black.

In 1967 she ran for Congress but failed in her bid to win a seat. Despite this, she remained an active member of America’s Republican Party. She held positions as America’s Chief of Protocol in the Department of State, as well as other diplomatic posts such as Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

In 1972 she became one of the first celebrities to openly discuss breast cancer after undergoing surgery.

She won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

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