Shirley Temple, who we all remember as the precious little dimpled girl with ringlet curls, passed away peacefully at her home in California at the age of 85.
The actress and singer died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, California, on Monday surrounded by her family and caregivers.
Her family said in a statement, “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 was only three-years-old when she was spotted by talent scouts at a dance school and appeared on screen for the first time, in the one-reel short “Poverty Row”.
Her 1934 film “Bright Eyes” was the one that shot her to fame.
She became the youngest actor ever to win an Academy Juvenile Award in 1935, at the age of six.
Temple went on to appear in movies such as “The Littlest Rebel” and “Curly Top”, which was a pleasant distraction in the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The actress married her first husband John Agar in 1945 when she was just 17 years old. He is the father of her daughter Linda. The couple divorced four years later due to Agar’s drinking and infidelity.
She met Charles Alden Black, who was nine years older, during her Honolulu vacation in 1950. They were married in December of that year and their son Charles Jr was born in 1952 and daughter Lori in 1954.
They lived for many years in the San Francisco suburb of Woodside.
The couple were married for 55 years until Charles passed away in August 2005 at the age of 86 from complications from a bone marrow disease. She described him as the “love of her life” and kept his voice on their answering machine.
In 2006, when receiving a lifetime achievement award a few months after Charles had died, Shirley Temple Black said her greatest roles were as wife, mother and grandmother.
She said, “There’s nothing like real love. Nothing”.
She is survived by her children Susan, Charles Jr, and Lori, granddaughter Teresa and great-granddaughters Lily and Emma.
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