Goodbye To ‘America’s Little Darling’ Shirley Temple Black

Who can forget her curly hair and sweet smile? Shirley Temple was Hollywood’s little darling and a screen legend. She passed away at her home in Woodside, California on Monday night at the age of 85.

Temple’s film career started in 1932 at the age of three and, in 1934, for “Bright Eyes.” She was the youngest actress to receive an Academy Award and was the #1 box office draw in the early 1930s. The films just kept on coming with “Curly Top” and “Heidi.” Producer and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck saw something in Temple and made her a superstar of 20th Century Fox. As she reached her teenage years, she took a step away from the spotlight. Always known for her singing and dancing, the song “On The Good Ship Lollipop” was her biggest hit.

Temple returned to acting in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple was the recipient of awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Cheers to Shirley Temple’s memorable career and life with… the drink named after her.. a very cherry Shirley Temple.

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