A Visual Ode to Shirley Temple’s Curly Charm


At age 85, Shirley Temple Black passed away in her home in Woodside, California. All dimples and cheeky charm and pin curls, Black's career as a child actor was prolific and precocious: She started performing in 1932, at age 3, and retired from film in 1950, at age 21. The exemplar child star, she skipped the best frolic, laughed the ultimate giggle, and sulked the best pout. (She deserves credit for transforming stubbornness into a kind of charm.) Black also held her own with some of the most talented adult performers of the era — famously reminding Lionel Barrymore of his lines (The Little Colonel) and keeping step with one of Hollywood's best dancers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

She followed her 45-film show-business career with an adult life in diplomacy, serving in the U.S. delegation to the U.N. General Assembly and as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. Click through to see her remarkable life in pictures.