MOVIE lovers will today reflect on days spent watching a rosy-cheeked princess singing and dancing her way into their hearts.
A bit of light and shine has gone out of Hollywood with the passing of Shirley Temple, one of its greatest ever stars.
The beautiful child star with the glowing corkscrew curls has died of natural causes, aged 85, surrounded by family at her California home.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Temple as an enchanting actress who saved a Hollywood studio and helped yank America from the throes of the Great Depression,
She starred in dozens of films including Bright Eyes (which gave us her signature song “The Good Ship Lollipop”) as well as Curly Top and Heidi.
At just six years old Temple was making $1,250 a week by captivating moviegoers with her furrowed brow, perplexed pouts and unrelenting cheeriness.
In the same year she became the youngest person ever to receive an Oscar statuette, miniature or otherwise, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Temple with the first Juvenile Academy Award “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934”.
Temple wed twice, with her second marriage, to Charles Black in 1950, lasting until his death in 2005.
He sparked her interest in politics, when called back into the navy to work in Washington.
Temple volunteered for the Republican Party and had an unsuccessful run for Congress in California.
She was later named to the United States’ delegation to the UN.
In 1972 Temple went public with her breast cancer battle, underwent a mastectomy and discussed her surgery to educate women about the disease.
The family released a statement today saying: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements”.