‘Bright Eyes’ Former Child Star Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85
Shirley Temple Black, arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died Monday around 11:00pm, surrounded by her family and caregivers in her Woodside, California home. She was 85.
The ‘dimpled’ starlet began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934 found international fame in ‘Bright Eyes’, hence making her a household name.
Black was the top box-office star four years in a row, from 1935 to 1938, but her box office appeal declined as she reached adolescence and she eventually retired from the silver screen in 1950 at the age of 22.
Black continued to be in the public eye taking the career path in politics, serving in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974, a U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and a U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
Black returned to the entertainment business in 1958, this time on television, in an hour-long show, “Shirley Temple’s Storybook” ending in 1961.
Black was the recipient of many awards and honors including a two lifetime achievement awards for her performing career. She currently ranks 18th on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time.
RIP Mrs.Temple Black, you’ll be greatly missed!
Click below for Black’s iconic musical performance “On The Good Ship Lollipop” from the 1934 film ‘Bright Eyes’.
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