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Gosh, she was the first childhood star that was a total joy in my life and generation, not to mention a pretty good role model in comparison of many of today's child stars.  Just saying...Actually she was in my parents age group, but in my generation's early TV star personality of some influence. Took 8 years of tap-dancing because of her:)

Shirley Temple Dead: Former Child Star And U.S. Ambassador To Ghana And Czechoslovakia Dies At 85

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, Kagan said.

"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," a family statement said.

As a little girl her movies were 'fairy tales' of the old American Dream.

RIP Shirley and thanks for the memories.

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