Actress Shirley Temple Dies Aged 85
Veteran actress Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. The former child star passed away on Monday from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California.
Her family said in a statement: “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.”
Shirley, who starred in films such as A Little Princess, Heidi, and Curly Top landed her first movie role at age three and, in 1935, she became the youngest person to receive an Academy Award, a record she still holds, when she won a special juvenile Oscar aged just six.
Having starred in over 43 films she retired from big screen movies in 1950 and served as a US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. The actress married first husband John Agar, in 1945 when she was just 17 years old, but they divorced four years later. She went on to marry Charles Alden Black in 1950 and the couple had children Charles Jr and Lori together.
The couple were married for 54 years until Charles passed away in August 2005 from complications from a bone marrow disease.