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Iconic Child Star Shirley Temple Dead at 85

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The entertainment world is mourning the loss of iconic child star Shirley Temple who died Monday at her home in California. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.

Shirley Temple danced and sang her way into peoples' hearts starting when she was three.
She made making 40 movies before she was 12, retiring at 21.

But in those early years she was a star - the biggest box-office draw from 1935 to 1938.

In movies like "Curly Top" and "The Littlest Rebel" she cheered up America during the Depression. President Roosevelt said "as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right" and she had kids everywhere following her favorite recipe of animal crackers in her soup.

Once out of the spotlight she was married for more than 50 years to business executive Charles Black and had three children.

Temple Black was a breast cancer survivor and urged women to get mammograms.

In 1967, she ran as a Republican candidate for Congress and lost. She went on to hold diplomatic posts under four Republican presidents including ambassador to Czechoslovakia under President George H.W. Bush. She arrived months before the Iron Curtain collapsed in 1989 and spoke out against the Czech government's attempts to control the media.

At the SAG awards in 2006 she credited her mother with keeping the little girl known as "America's little darling" grounded. She also says she never thought of herself as an icon.

So grab some ginger ale and grenadine, top it with a maraschino cherry and make a toast.

Shirley Temple was 85 years old.

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