Shirley Temple Dies at 85

Beloved child star remembered for her curly hair and song/dance numbers.
3:00 | 02/11/14

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Celebrating the life of Shirley temple black, the original child star and one of the most popular movie stars ever to come out of Hollywood and, Lara, just such fond memories so many of us have. Absolutely. Just the thought of her makes you smile. The star known as America's little darling Shirley temple set the stage for so many child stars that followed her known and loved for those adorable curl, perfect dimples and unforgettable smile, generations of children grew up on her films. Take a look. ♪ On the good ship lollipop ♪ Reporter: For a decade in the 1930s Shirley temple was the biggest little thing to hit Hollywood. There was just something about her energy and optimism. Something about her golden curls and dimpled smile and those twinkling eyes that helped people forget their problems in the midst of the great depression. Grandfather. I'll never see you again. Reporter: Shirley temple started dancing at age 2 and acting at age 3 and by the time she was 5, she was stealing the show. ♪ I go where you go ♪ ♪ any place will do ♪ Reporter: Before filming a scene her mother would tell her sparkle, Shirley, sparkle and she did. Dancing and singing her way through hit after hit. I don't care what you saw. There is a Santa Claus. Reporter: She was awarded a special miniature Oscar for her outstanding contributions to the silver screen. Oh, thank you very much. Mommy, can I go home now? Three straight years she led the box office, a drink was named after her and children copied those curls. ♪ When I grow up ♪ Reporter: In life she would marry a San Francisco businessman and have three children. She even entered the world of politics serving as an ambassador to Ghana and later czechoslovakia under president bush. But to most she will always be the quintessential child star. My thanks to the industry for helping me to have an enchanted and very busy childhood. Reporter: A childhood full of happy memories. ♪ Polywolly doodle all day ♪ Ah, I am such a fan and such an impressive life. Shirley temple black will be missed. Such a smile on your face to see those old clips. Absolutely. Not just the biggest child star in her day, the biggest star of all far and away. Really seemed to do it right. Handled it very well. Had a drink to make every child feel like a grown-up.

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