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Iconic Former Child Film Star Shirley Temple Passes Away at 85

Shirley Temple, one of the most popular child movie stars of all time, passed away Tuesday at the age of 85. No cause of death was given.

Temple began acting at the age of three, and became a major box office draw during the Depression, at times making four movies a year for Twentieth Century Fox. She “retired” from the movies at the age of twenty-two, but later appeared on television.

Temple also had a career as a diplomat. After running unsuccessfully for Congress under the Republican Party, Temple was appointed by President and fellow Californian Richard Nixon as a representative to the United Nations, and later served as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Temple with Nixon:

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Temple as the subject of Salvador Dali’s “Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time”:

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Watch Temple’s “On the Good Ship Lollipop” below:

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

[Image via screengrab]

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