WOODSIDE, Cali. – Shirley Temple, who rose to fame as arguably one of the most famous child actresses in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.
She was 85.
Temple died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home, surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from the publicist said.
Temple starred in four massive box-office draws before she turned 10, commanding a then-unheard of $50,000 per movie.
She retired from filmmaking at 22 but she did not fade from the public eye. Far from it.
She embarked on a new career a foreign diplomat: She served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974, was U.S. Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
“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 of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” the statement said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
A remembrance guestbook will be set up online at shirleytemple.com