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Child star turned diplomat Shirley Temple Black dies at 85

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:18am

One of Hollywood's biggest and most beloved stars has died.

From the time she was three years old Shirley Temple was an international superstar.

She sang, danced and acted her way into America's heart.

By the time she was six, Temple had made twenty Hollywood films.

In the dark days of the Depression President Franklin Roosevelt said "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right", and Temple was honored with a special Academy Award in 1935.

Her feature film career would end at the age of twenty-one, but her time in the public eye was far from over.

Now known as Mrs. Shirley Temple Black, the former on-screen goodwill ambassador became a real life ambassador to the United Nations, Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

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