Renowned American film and television actress, singer, and dancer, Shirley Temple Black, who was mostly famous as a child star in the 1930s, died of natural causes on Feb. 10, 2014. She was 85.
Black was at her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family and friends. She has left behind three children, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are in deep sorrow at her demise.
Black was born in 1928 and started acting when she was just 3-year-old and by the age of 9, she had earned international fame for her movie "Bright Eyes." She also received a special Juvenile Academy Award for her outstanding contribution to youth cinema.
Black went on to be part of hit movies like "Curly Top" and "Heidi." She was more of a child actor, as she retired at the age of 22, but left her mark in the industry. The actress returned to the industry in 1958 and was part of series produced for television. She also made guest appearances for other TV shows.
According to Euronews, Black was a multifaceted individual who could be categorized as the jack of all trades. She was also on the board of famous organizations, such as The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods and National Wildlife Federation. The actress also ran for congress in 1967 and was appointed as the US ambassador to Ghana (1974) and (1989).
Black published her autobiography entilted “Child Star” in 1988. During her life, she received several awards and honors, such as the Kennedy Centre Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She is ranked no. 18 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female actors of all time. The actress was married twice and has two children, one from the first husband and the other from her second husband.
The actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, the tumor was removed and a modified mastectomy was performed. In 1973, she became one of the first women to speak about breast cancer publically.
According to biographer Robert Windeler, Black was a hard working actor whose films neither made nor lost money, but "had a cheapie B look about them and indifferent performances from her." She would be known amongst the film fraternity forever, owing to her commitment and sheer dedication.