R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black

Today, we truly lost an American icon. Shirley Temple Black died at the age of 85.

I have been a fan of Shirley Temple and i watched her movies and listen to her songs while I was growing up.

What little girl didn’t want to have the curly ringlets as she did?

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Shirley Temple Dead at 85
by Zach Johnson

From Entertainment Weekly magazine

Shirley Temple, one of the most iconic child stars of the 20th century, passed away Monday. She was 85. She died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, Calif., her rep confirms to E! News.

According to Temple’s rep, the actress “was surrounded by her family and caregivers” at the time of her death. “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 of 45 years,” a statement reads. “We ask that our family be given the opportunity at this time of loss to grieve privately.”

Born Apr. 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, Calif., Temple got her start in show business at age 3, performing in a series of one-reel spoofs called Baby Burlesks for $10 per day. Six years later, 20th Century Fox signed the curly-haired cutie to a seven-year contract that paid her $150 per week. Within months, her salary was increased to $1,250 a week. The movie Bright Eyes was created with Temple in mind, and the film featured her now signature song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Temple went on to star in many more family-friendly films, including Baby Take a Bow, Curly Top, Heidi and Stand Up and Cheer!

R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black… the streets in heaven sound a little better now.

Sites to visit:
Shirley Temple – Official Web Site
Shirley Temple (Wikipedia)
Shirley Temple – NNDB
Shirley Temple at the Internet Movie Database
Shirley Temple at the TCM Movie Database

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