RIP Shirley Temple

11 February 2014

Former child star passes away peacefully.

Shirley Temple, one of the most famous child movie stars in cinema history, has died, according to her agent. She was 85.

Encouraged by her parents, Temple started young, appearing in her first film at the tender age of three. Three months before her fourth birthday, Temple signed to Educational Pictures and starred in a number of short films, as well as commercials and modelling.

By the age of six, she had signed to Fox and was earning over $1000 dollars a week. Her signature ringlet hairstyle, based on silent film star Mary Pickford, was soon instantly recognisable among audiences.

1934's Stand Up & Cheer was the child star's breakthrough, but it was Bright Eyes - a film specifically tailored for Temple's precocious talents - which cemented her as a darling of cinema audiences.

It was Bright Eyes which featured her signature song 'On The Good Ship Lollipop' - watch below.

She enjoyed similar success with A Little Princess, Curly Top and The Little Colonel. In depression-era America, her perky song-and-dance routine proved to be infectiously optimistic.

Temple quickly became a sensation, with dolls and other merchandise selling in the millions.

But as she grew older, audiences began to cool on her films, and Temple retired for the first time at 14.

As an adult, she acted occasionally, with various work in television and the occasional movie. She married twice and had three children.

In the 1960s, she entered politics with a run for a congressional seat in California, a representative role in the UN General Assembly, and a stint as US Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

In a statement, her agent said she died peacefully at her home near San Francisco, surrounded by her family and carers.

[Source: ABC]