Hollywood Legend & U.S. Ambassador SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK Passes Away at 85
Hollywood legend and U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black has passed away at the age of 85. The film and television actress, singer and dancer died on Monday, February 10th. The news was shared by a spokesperson for the family.
Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935 for her outstanding contribution as a juvenile performer to motion pictures during 1934, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935-38) in aMotion Picture Herald poll.
Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company,Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassadorto Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of awards and honors includingKennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
She is No. 18 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of all time.
The family of Shirley Temple Black has released the following statement:
"WE ANNOUNCE WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT AMBASSADOR SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK, FORMER HOLLYWOOD CHILD STAR AND FOREVER 'AMERICA'S LITTLE DARLING' PEACEFULLY PASSED AWAY AT HER WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA HOME FROM NATURAL CAUSES, AT THE AGE OF 85, ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014 AT 10:57 PM PST. SHE WAS SURROUNDED BY HER FAMILY AND CAREGIVERS.
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 FOR FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF THE LATE AND MUCH MISSED CHARLES ALDEN BLACK."
PRIVATE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING. A REMEMBRANCE GUEST BOOK WILL BE OPENED SHORTLY ONLINE AT HYPERLINK "http://WWW.SHIRLEYTEMPLE.COM" WWW.SHIRLEYTEMPLE.COM, AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK'S MEMORY MAY BE MADE TO THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA'S 2nd CENTURY CAMPAIGN OR TO THE EDUCATION CENTER AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES IN LOS ANGELES.
"WE ASK THAT OUR FAMILY BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY AT THIS TIME OF LOSS TO GRIEVE PRIVATELY."
SURVIVORS INCLUDE: CHILDREN SUSAN, CHARLIE JR., LORI; GRANDDAUGHTER TERESA AND GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS LILY AND EMMA.
U.S. Ambassador to the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1989-1992)
Foreign Affairs Officer/Expert and Co-Chair, Ambassadorial Seminar Program, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. (1981-1988)
Author of CHILD STAR, best-selling autobiography of her early life, published by McGraw Hill (1988)
First woman to serve as U.S. Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. (1976-1977)
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, Accra, Ghana (1974-1976)
Special Assistant to the Chairman, U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C. (1972-1974)