Famed former child actress Temple passes

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Shirley Temple

NEW YORK - Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night.

She was 85.

Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, Calif. home.

She began acting at age three and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.

Her first film of notice was in 1932 when she played in "War Babies."

Her star shone brightest as a toddler, and 20th Century Fox cranked out a series of feature films with the adorable, talented little girl. Her hits included "Little Miss Marker" (1934), "Curly Top" (1935) and "The Littlest Rebel" (1935).

For about 18 years, she sang, tap-danced and acted her way into the hearts of millions. Her corkscrew curls were popular with little girls from the 1930s through the 1970s.

A non-alcoholic mixed drink made with ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry was named after her and called a Shirley Temple.