Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple dies age 85

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The youngest child actress to ever win an honorary Oscar, Shirley Temple, dies at the age of 85.

The youngest child actress to ever win an honorary Oscar, Shirley Temple, dies at the age of 85.

ANKARA - One of the first child stars of all time, Shirley Temple, died at the age of 85 on Monday in her California Woodside home, according to her family.

Born on April 23, 1928, as Shirley Temple Black, she started her career as a child actress, became a dancer and singer and in her later years was a U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

"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 fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," her family said in a statement.

Temple, who began her acting career at the age of three, is known in Hollywood for being one of the most well-known child actresses of all time.

She was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1935 at the age of five – making her the youngest actress to ever win an Oscar in the honorary category.

Starring in "Bright Eyes", "Stand Up and Cheer" and "Curly Top", Temple retired from acting at the age of 21 in 1951.

She continued her career as a diplomat from 1974 to 1976 as ambassador to Ghana and as ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

Temple married an intelligence officer in the US Navy during the Second World War, Charles Alden Black, with whom she had one son and one daughter.

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