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Shirley Temple Black dies: Child star was Hollywood pioneer
Shirley Temple Black dies: Child star was Hollywood pioneer

Shirley Temple Black, one of Hollywood's first child stars and a precursor of the youth-preoccupied Hollywood of today, has died at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85. Temple's star burned brightly if briefly in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Her blond curls and lilting musical voice were among the salves for a nation in the throes of an economic crisis. Beginning with the fantasy "Stand Up and Cheer," she cranked out dozens of movies in which she tapped, sang and otherwise performed for an audience in need of distraction, often on behalf of studio 20th Century Fox, whose sagging fortunes she helped reverse. PHOTOS: Shirley Temple Black Though...

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