Shirley Temple dies at age 85

Published 02/11 2014 05:14AM

Updated 02/11 2014 04:47PM

(ABC NEWS) - Former childhood movie star Shirley Temple has died, her agent confirmed in a statement to ABC News.

She was 85.

Temple -- known in private life as Shirley Temple Black -- died Monday night at her home near San Francisco, surrounded by her family and caregivers, according to the statement.

Temple is best known for her doe-eyed turn in numerous 1930s films, including "Bright Eyes" and "Curly Top," roles that allowed her to showcase a special brand of energy and optimism for a country enduring the Great Depression. She started dancing at age 2 and acting at 3.

By the time she was 5, she was stealing the show. In 1934, she was awarded a special miniature Oscar for her outstanding contribution to the silver screen.

At 17, she married John Agar, but the marriage didn't last.Eventually, as she aged, her Hollywood popularity declined.

Her second marriage, to San Francisco businessman Charles Black, endured -- and allowed her to enter the world of politics. She served as a U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Her survivors include three children, a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

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