News is just breaking that one of Hollywood's original child legends, Shirley Temple, passed away at her Californian home on Monday from natural causes, aged 85.
After securing her first Hollywood role at the age of 3 in the 1930's, she went on to star in 43 films including: Bright Eyes, Stand Up and Cheer and Curly Top. In 1950, at the premature age of 21, Temple decided to retire from Hollywood after struggling to maintain her career into adulthood. Instead, Temple would return into the public sphere as 'a Republican candidate for Congress and as a US diplomat' years later.
Here is the family statement (via BBC News):
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.
Shirley Temple will always be remembered as the original child star, where she still remains the 'youngest person to ever have received an Academy Award' and a 'juvenile Oscar in 1935' at the age of six.
Here is a clip of her singing in Curly Top (via Youtube):
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