Motion picture child icon Shirley Temple Black passes away at 85

Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox Film via MGN Online
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:25pm

Shirley Temple Black, a Hollywood motion picture icon since the age of three, has passed away at the age of 85.

Temple Black died of natural causes Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., confirmed by her publicist.

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

Temple Black's record in Hollywood was unprecendented in the early age of motion picutures, starring in more than 20 films by the age of six.

After receiving a special dedicated Academy Award in 1935 and ending her movie career at 21, she became an ambassador to Ghana, the former Czechoslovakia, and the United Nations.

President Franklin Roosevelt, to boost morale during economic hardships brought on by the 1930s Great Depression, in a famous speech said to the nation, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right."

Temple Black is survived by children Linda Susan, Charlie Jr. and Lori, along with granddaughter Teresa and two great-granddaughters Lily and Emma.

The family said a remembrance guest book will be available soon at the star's website, www.shirleytemple.com.

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