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Sunday 21 December 2014

Shirley Temple dies

FILE - FEBRUARY 11: Hollywood Actress Shirley Temple Has died At The Age Of 85 1948:  Married American actors Shirley Temple and John Agar (1921 - 2002) pose with their three-month-old baby daughter, Linda Susan.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1948: Married American actors Shirley Temple and John Agar (1921 - 2002) pose with their three-month-old baby daughter, Linda Susan. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Shirley Temple as she appeared in Poor Little Rich Girl in 1936 (AP)
American film actress Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her son Charles. (Photo by Curt Gunther/BIPs/Getty Images)
1935: American child star Shirley Temple casts a large shadow on the wall behind her. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
Shirley Temple (1928 - 2014 ) the American child star started performing in films at three years. She entered politics in the 60's and took on several ambassador positions representing her country. Pictured, smiling and holding louvred doors around her. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Circa 1933: Shirley Temple (1928 - ) the American child star at five years of age, standing on her climbing frame at home. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Circa 1934: Shirley Temple (1928 - ) the American child star who started performing in films at three years of age. She entered politics in the 1960's and took on several ambassador positions representing her country. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
15th March 1965: Film star Shirley Temple Black on a visit to London. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Express/Getty Images)
The American child star started performing in films at three years. She entered politics in the 60's and took on several ambassador positions representing her country. Pictured enjoying a soft drink with an impish grin on her face. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Actress Shirley Temple Black accepts the Life Achievement Award onstage during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Shirley Temple has died aged 85
Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple has passed away at the age of 85, surrounded by her family.

The child actress became a household name thanks to her starring roles in Hollywood movies during the 1930s.

She was instantly recognisable thanks to her head of curly hair, and dimpled cheeks.

Her publicist Cheryl Kagan told the Associated Press that Shirley, known in her private life as Shirley Temple Black, died surrounded by family at her house in Woodside, California, near San Francisco.

She "peacefully passed away" at her home from natural causes on Monday evening.

"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," the statement from her family said.

The actress lifted the spirits of Americans during the Great Depression.

She was signed to 20th Century Fox in 1934, for a seven-year contract that saw her paid $150 a week.

Some of her most famous films include Stand Up and Cheer, and Bright Eyes.

Her rendition of the song On The Good Ship Lollipop, from Bright Eyes, is still an iconic moment in cinema history and became Shirley's trademark tune.

In later years she went on to become a US diplomat.

"I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here. My only problems have been with Americans who, in the beginning, refused to believe I had grown up since my movies," she said after her appointment as US ambassador to Ghana in 1974.

Shirley was honoured with a Life Achievement award in 2006, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the lifetime achievement award. Start early," she laughed when she collected the accolade.

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