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Iconic Child Star Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85

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I wanted to be Shirley Temple when I was a kid. I even made my mom curl my hair into ringlets and pranced around singing the same songs Shirley sang in her movies, so it’s especially sad for me to tell you that BBC News and ABC News are reporting that Shirley Temple Black has sailed off On The Good Ship Lollipop at the age of 85. 

Shirley’s husband of 54 years, Charles Black passed away at the age of 86 in 2005. When asked what she was most proud of in her life, Shirley answered: “My three children,  granddaughter and two great granddaughters.” Shirley starred in 14 short films, 43 feature films, and over 25 storybook movies from 1931 to 1961.

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After her retirement from film, Shirley became active in the Republican Party in California.
She was appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana by President Gerald R. Ford.Shirley was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States and was in charge of arrangements for President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and inaugural ball She served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia,having been appointed by President George H. W. Bush.

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