A talented singer, dancer and actress, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 — the year she turned 7 — until 1938. She was credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy with films such as "Curly Top" and "The Littlest Rebel."
Actress Shirley Temple, who rocketed to fame in Hollywood as a curly-headed child star in the 1930s, has died. She was 85.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. Shirley Temple wearing overalls and a straw hat in a scene from the film 'Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm', 1938.
Entertainer Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. Circa 1938: Shirley Temple, viewed through the bannisters of a staircase in a scene from 'Santa Claus And The Bag Of Gifts'.
Shirley Temple has her finger cut by Indian child in a scene from the film 'Susannah Of The Mounties,' in 1939.
Shirley Temple stands at attention to C. Aubrey Smith as he reads a letter in a scene from the film 'Wee Willie Winkie', 1937.
Shirley Temple hands Cesar Romero a letter through the bars of a window in a scene from the film 'Wee Willie Winkie', 1937.
Shirley Temple looking at a grown man her size holding a finger up at her in a scene from the film 'Wee Willie Winkie', 1937.
Randolph Scott smiling at Shirley Temple in a scene from the film 'Susannah Of The Mounties', 1939.
Shirley Temple, US child star, wearing a peach-coloured floral kimono, holding a fan, in a studio portrait, circa 1940.
Shirley Temple standing in between Slim Summerville and Helen Westley in a scene from the film 'Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm', 1938.
1939: Rich Shirley Temple and poor Sybil Jason make friends in a scene from the film 'The Little Princess', an early color film with dream sequences directed by Walter Lang and William A Seiter for 20th Century Fox.
circa 1939: Shirley Temple throws a party in the film 'The Little Princess', an early colour film with dream sequences. The film was directed by Walter Lang for 20th Century Fox.
1938: Child actress Shirley Temple prepares to cut Benny Bartlett's hair in the 20th Century Fox film 'Just Around the Corner'. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
1938: Shirley Temple gives a wash and brush-up to Benny Bartlett in a scene from the film 'Just Around The Corner'. Made when Shirley's career was beginning its decline, the film was directed by Irving Cummings for 20th Century Fox.
1938: Full-length image of American actor and dancer Shirley Temple standing in front of a chair and holding on to its arm. Temple wears a nautical print short-sleeved dress.
Temple blossomed into a pretty young woman, but audiences lost interest, and she retired from films at 21. She raised a family and later became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the historic collapse of communism in 1989.
Shirley Temple Black, a U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, is shown before a press conference at the U.N. on September 16, 1969.
Former child actress Shirley Temple Black is shown on her way to Harrods, in London, Sept. 5, 1989 where she signed copies of her autobiography "Child Star."
During a 1996 interview, she said she loved both politics and show business. "It's certainly two different career tracks," she said, "both completely different but both very rewarding, personally."
Shirley says her greatest roles were as wife, mother and grandmother. "There's nothing like real love. Nothing." Her husband of more than 50 years, Charles Black, had died just a few months earlier. In this photo, Shirley arrives with her husband Charles Black (right) and son Charles Black Jr. (left) at the Department of State for the Kennedy Center Honors Gala dinner Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, in Washington.