Growing up is one of life’s inescapable destinies. While this truth can sometimes be troublesome to child stars in the growing entertainment industry, it’s not particularly the case for one such actress whose performances and life brightened up a generation of movie-goers. From her smile to her dimples, to her infectious giggles and golden curls, Shirley Temple Black was an iconic star many adored and loved throughout the years. Temple, who rose to superstardom in the early 1930s, and later left the film industry to lead a prominent life in US diplomacy, passed away in her home at the age of 85 with family and caregivers late Monday night, according to a statement released by her agent.
Dubbed “Little Miss Miracle” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for her raising public morale during times of economic hardships in the Great Depression, Temple was one of the greatest, most iconic child stars of them all. Beginning her career in the early 1930s at the tender age of just three years old, Temple went on to become a bona-fide star by the age of 6, serving as a rare source of hope and inspiration for many in need. As she danced across the silver screen in more than two dozen movies before the 1940s, the curly-haired little girl became a part of a healing nation’s heart and soul.