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Shirley Temple Dead - Child Star Dies at 85

Shirley Temple Dead - Child Star Dies at 85

Popular movie star of the 1930s Shirley Temple has died, NBC News reports.

The 85-year-old actress passed away due to natural causes at her California home surrounded by family and caregivers on Tuesday (February 11), publicist Cheryl Kagan confirms.

“We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother,” Shirley‘s family said in a statement.

In case you didn’t know, between 1935 and 1938, Shirley was America’s top box-office draw, and was credited with saving 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy.

Our thoughts go out to Shirley‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

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26 Responses to “Shirley Temple Dead - Child Star Dies at 85”

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    Living in a box Says:


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    Cari Says:

    She was a really great child actress and conducted her life with dignity and grace. A toast to you Shirley and may you rest in peace you brought a lot of joy to many of us!

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    OK Says:

    I still love to watch “The Little Princess” . That was one of my Mom’s favorite movies to watch at Christmas.

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    Courtney Says:

    so sad to see her go but not shocked she lived a good life and unlike Miley Cyrus actually had talent she won a Juvenile Oscar in 1935.

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    Mally V Says:

    She was my absolute favourite. In grade 7 for my drama class, i remember i did a class presentation about. her because she was so me. So i though why not show the class about this amazing talented person who brings smile, joy and entertainment. Rest in peace dear Shirley Temple.

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    kel Says:

    A true child star and talented woman. Rest In Peace,

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    Rocky Says:

    Sad news. Still watch all her movies. What a talent she was. My favorite is “Heidi’. Loved that one. She’s probably tapping away on a cloud with Bojangles.

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    Rocky Says:


    Oh, I like that one too.

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    Janire Says:

    RIP. I remember some of her films, sad news

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    Monica Says:

    we are going to miss her and she is an amazing woman!!!!!

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    karie Says:

    RIP. My favorites were “The Little Princess” and “Heidi”

  12. 12
    Rae Says:

    RIP, what a fantastic human being.

  13. 13
    cam Says:

    A great lady, beautiful and so talented in many ways. A lady deserving of great tribute. A great loss. Prayers for her family. RIP dear Shirley.

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    amy Says:


    Why must some people always feel the need to put someone else down whne praising another?

    So sad for you and your bitter spirit.

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    amy Says:



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    amy Says:

    Shirley Temple Black – a Great Great Lady. RIP

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    pinkydoo Says:


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    So sad Says:

    I remember as a little girl watching her movies. She will be missed.

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    Gold Dust Woman Says:

    RIP Shirley Temple. I watched reruns of your films on rainy Saturday afternoons as a child and wished I had curls as glorious as yours. And of course your even more glorious talent.

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    Immaculate Says:

    One of the few child stars who adjusted well. Her mom seemed really amazing. What a life! RIP Shirley!

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    Colleen Says:

    Her work entertained generations.

  22. 22
    Whatwhat Says:

    What a true example of a Child Star and a Wonderful human being, Rest in Peace.

  23. 23
    Carolyn Says:

    So sorry to hear this news. She will always be with us through her wonderful movies.

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    NYC Dad Says:

    What an adorable little girl she was and she turned into a very pretty woman (she was quite a stunner when she grew up). But most importantly, she was truly talented and became a loving mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother.

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    20th Century Fox Says:

    What would have happened to 20th Century Fox if not for Shirley Temple who saved the movie studio way back in the 1930s??? So many of our favorite movies and so many major blockbuster films would have never even been made. Thank you, Shirley.

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