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Child actress Shirley Temple dies

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HOLLYWOOD, Cal. (CNN) - Shirley Temple, who rose to fame as arguably the most famous child actresses in Hollywood history, has died. She was 85.

Temple's publicist says she died peacefully at her home in Woodside, California from natural causes Monday night. She was surrounded by family and caregivers.

Temple starred in four massive box-office draws before she turned 10, commanding a then-unheard of 50-thousand dollars per movie.

She retired from film-making at 22, then embarked on a new career as a foreign diplomat. She served in the US Delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974.

And she was US Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

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WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.

Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco.

A talented singer, dancer and actress, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 - the year she turned 7 - until 1938. She was credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy with films such as "Curly Top" and "The Littlest Rebel."

She retired from films at 21 and later became active in politics. She held several diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s.

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