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Hollywood child star Shirley Temple passed away

Feb 12, 2014 13:30 IST

Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple passed away on 11 February 2014.  She was 85.

Born in 1928, Temple became a major star after getting her first film role at the age of three.

With the nickname America's little darling, she was ranked as Hollywood's biggest draw for four years running from 1935 to 1938 in an annual poll of US cinema owners.

She was the first recipient of a special juvenile Oscar at the age of six. She holds the record as the youngest ever Oscar winner.

imageShe was such a hit that US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt dubbed her Little Miss Miracle.

After retiring from films in 1950 at the age of 21, Temple returned to the spotlight as a politician and diplomat.

Richard Nixon appointed her as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. President Ford named her the US ambassador to Ghana in 1974.

In 1989, she was made the US ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

She was given the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award in 2006.

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