Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black

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Very sad news today...

Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85. 

Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given. 

From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12.

Hollywood recognized the enchanting, dimpled scene-stealer’s importance to the industry with a “special award” -- a miniature Oscar -- at the Academy Awards for 1934, the year she sang and danced her way into America’s collective heart.

Although she will be missed, her films will continue to entertain people for years to come.

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