Shirley Temple Dies at 85

Posted Tuesday February 11, 2014 9:20 AM GMT

She made an indelible mark on Hollywood from a very young age and sadly Shirley Temple Black has passed away.

The “Curly Top” starlet was 85 years old when she died of natural causes on Monday night (February 10) due to “natural causes.”

A family spokesperson told press that Shirley “peacefully passed away,” noting, "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 of fifty-five years.”

Ms. Black retired from acting at age 21 after making beloved films like “Bright Eyes,” “The Little Colonel,” “Poor Little Rich Girl,” “Heidi” and “Stand Up and Cheer,” and she’ll always be known for her adorable ditty “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”

Following her departure from Tinseltown, Shirley became an ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana. In 1974 she stated, "I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here. My only problems have been with Americans who, in the beginning, refused to believe I had grown up since my movies."

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