Hollywood’s original child star Shirley Temple has passed away at the age of 85 in her California home surrounded by her family and caregivers.
One of the most charismatic and entertaining child stars of all-time, Shirley Temple was a huge box-office draw who starred in an incredible 46 feature films before she even turned 13. According to reports, as a child she would receive 16,000 fan letters a week and, for one birthday, she was given 167,000 presents from fans.
Always remembered for singing “Good Ship Lollipop” in the 1934 movie ‘Bright Eyes’, Temple is the youngest person to receive an Academy Award, which she was given for “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.”
Temple’s last ever movie would be released in 1949 when she starred alongside David Niven in A Kiss for Corliss. She would then be an ambassador for four American presidents.
Temple’s health deteriorated in recent years and caregivers were hired to help her be comfortable. She died surrounded by both her family and her employees.
Rest in Peace Shirley, long live your fantastic and beautiful legacy.