Shirley Temple Black, 1928-2014
Shirley Temple Black, the singing, dancing, rosy-cheeked child star of so many depression-era films, died Monday night at age 85.
Shirley was best known for films about precocious orphans with the charm and energy to lighten the lives of her adoptive families, such as Heidi or Curly Top. Young Shirley began dance lessons at age 3 and by 5 she was performing on film. She won an honorary Academy Award at age 6 and earned $3 million in her young career before retiring from film at the age of 22. In the years after her "retirement" she became involved in politics, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and later becoming an outspoken proponent for women's health after her own battle with breast cancer.