Staff WriterThe world sadly lost a big star Monday night, Shirley Temple. The former child star passed away from natural causes in her Woodside, California home, where she was surrounded by family and friends. The charismatic child was a star of 46 feature films and one-reelers before the age of 13. She received an average of 16,000 letters a month. Temple even received 167,000 presents for her birthday from her dedicated fans. She holds the name of the well-known child’s drink that is topped with a maraschino cherry. Later in life, Temple served as a foreign ambassador and diplomat for four US presidents, including Ronald Reagen. Temple is best known for her corkscrew golden curls. Her mother curled her hair for each one of her films. At the young age of 6, the curly haired star received the first Juvenile Academy Award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She still holds the title for the youngest person to receive an Oscar statuette. Four of the adorable star’s films were released in 1935, including The Little Colonel, where she danced along with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson with sure feet on a staircase. This scene is still very memorable, and became one of the most famous cinematic scenes of Hollywood. She also starred with many famous actors and actresses including Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Mickey Rooney. Temple endorsed many products including dresses, cereal, and even soap. She admitted in an interview in People Magazine that she never realized she was famous. When people would yell her name and tell her they loved her, Temple’s mother would brush it off. After getting married at the young age of 17, she had a daughter named Linda. Temple noticed her husband was very flirtatious with other women and an excessive drinker. After four years of marriage, she divorced her husband and retired from acting. Months after her divorce, the former star met her future husband, Charles Black. He had known her for only thirteen days when he proposed to her. They had two children, Charles and Lori. Sadly, Black died from bone marrow disease causing Temple to be depressed. Not only was Temple an actress, but later she became a politician. She ran for congress in 1967 supporting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Even though it was an unsuccessful run, a year later, President Nixon appointed her as a delegate to the United Nations. In 1988, the compelling star wrote an autobiography of her life, Child Star. It helped her receive the KennedyCenter honors. In 2006, she received the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award. Shirley Temple was an overachiever, to say the least. She accomplished so much more than the average person in her 85 years. Temple is more than a legend. Her legacy will surely live on forever.
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