Shirley Temple Dead at 85

PHOTO: Shirley Temple, the 1930s child movie icon, died Feb. 10, 2014 at the age of 85.
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Former childhood movie star Shirley Temple has died, her agent confirmed in a statement to ABC News.

She was 85.

Temple -- known in private life as Shirley Temple Black -- died Monday night at her home near San Francisco, surrounded by her family and caregivers, according to the statement.

Temple is best known for her doe-eyed turn in numerous 1930s films, including "Bright Eyes" and "Curly Top," roles that allowed her to showcase a special brand of energy and optimism for a country enduring the Great Depression. She started dancing at age 2 and acting at 3.

By the time she was 5, she was stealing the show. In 1934, she was awarded a special miniature Oscar for her outstanding contribution to the silver screen.

Child Movie Star Shirley Temple Dead at 85, Agent Says
Shirley Temple Black Dead at Age 85

She led the box office for three straight years. A drink was named after her. Children copied her curls. A doll in her likeness became a collector's item.

Eventually, as she aged, her Hollywood popularity declined.

At 17, she married John Agar, but the marriage didn't last.

Her second marriage, to San Francisco businessman Charles Black, endured -- and allowed her to enter the world of politics. She served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia.

Her survivors include three children, a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

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