BREAKING: Former child star Shirley Temple has died

Her family confirms she passed away of natural causes at her California home

Hollywood has lost a star.

The family of Shirley Temple Black has confirmed to the BBC that the actress has died.

Temple shot to fame in the 1930's in films like Curly Top, Bright Eyes, and Stand Up and Cheer.

Her family and agent confirmed through a statement that Shirley Temple Black died from natural causes on Monday at her home in Woodside, California.

The statement goes on to say, "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and... our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother."

She retired from films at 21 and later became active in politics. She held several diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s.

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  1. dama posted on 02/11/2014 03:50 PM
    RIP, Shirley Temple..
  2. HP posted on 02/11/2014 04:27 PM
    Every era has it's stars...the Great Depression created Shirley Temple, The Great Recession gave us Honey Boo Boo. Both sheltered their fans from reality.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 02/11/2014 05:00 PM
      @HP You have managed to mention Shirley Temple and Honey Boo Boo in the same sentence. I am sure there is a special level of hell reserved for those who do such things!
    2. HP posted on 02/11/2014 05:23 PM
      @Angry Bill Both stars served a purpose, bringing some joy to those suffering the depths of the depression/recession. Both stars let people forget how bad things were...gave them hope. Arguably, Honey Boo Boo is a bigger star, reaching a larger audience, having weekly exposure, very similar to Duck Dynasty.

      Time will tell if Boo Boo is sustainable, has the lasting power of Shirley Temple. One thing is for sure...kid's won't be ordering a drink named after her.

      My point is that both stars were products of their generation...a Shirley Temple couldn't get air time today, both made those dark clouds go away for a few hours.

      The bigger question back then was why did Fred Astaire's fingers smell like ginger?
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