Shirley Temple Black, actress and icon of the 1930s, passed away on Monday (Feb. 10) at her home near San Francisco. She was 85.
Her death was from natural causes.
Temple Black was 7 years old when she topped the American box office in 1935, and became a top Hollywood star through 1938 with films such as Curly Top, Heidi, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. By the age of 12, she was a multi-millionaire, earning $4 million by that time, which would be equivalent to about $65 million today.
In her teen years, Temple’s career slowed, as she began to focus on her personal life. She married for the first time at 17 to a soldier named Jack Agar. They divorced four years later, but they had a daughter named Susan.
At 22, she retired from showbiz completely, and met the man she described as her “true soulmate,” Charles Black, a former military officer. The couple had two children, Charlie Jr. and Lori, and remained together until his death in 2005.