2014-02-11 13:23:01

Hollywood star Shirley Temple dies at 85

(Vatican Radio) The legendary Hollywood child star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85 at her home near San Francisco in the US.

She was the cute curly haired child star that audiences flocked to see on the silver screen in the mid 1930’s.

As box office gold during that period she appeared in movies such as “The Little Princess, ``Stand Up and Cheer!'' and “Little Miss Marker”. Children during that era even sang renditions of one of her most famous songs, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”

But as her star began to wane, Shirley Temple retired from films at the early age of twenty one.

In her later life she raised a family and under her married name Shirley Temple Black became active in politics holding several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations including ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She was also U.S. chief of protocol from 1976 to 1977.

Speaking in 2006 when she was honored by the Screen Actors Guild in the US she said she had been blessed with three wonderful careers.

Shirley Temple passed away on Monday surrounded by her family at her home in San Francisco. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's report RealAudioMP3

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