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Shirley Temple Passes Away at Age 85

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Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star of the 1930's, has died.

She was 85 years old.

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 age 7 -- in 1935 -- 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.