Shirley Temple, the movie and television actress and former curly-haired child star, has died at her home in California, her family said in a statement. She was 85.
Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday 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."
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," a family statement said.