In memoriam: Shirley Temple Black

Feb 11, 2014

She began life as America's sweetheart, and ended it as an example to the world: last night the former starlet and diplomat Shirley Temple Black, 85, died at home.

The memory of that dimpled, curly-haired girl seems to have tap-danced into the hearts of nearly everyone, with numerous media outlets carrying the story of her passing: CNN covered it, as did NBC News and as did the LA Times. In tribute, Wall Street Journal heralded her greatest moments on film. Even across the pond, the BBC announced her passingas did The Guardian

Tweet after tweet, twitpic after twitpic, journalists shared how the actress-turned-ambassador had touched them. "So many childhood memories," LA Times Amina Khan divulged. Many tweets involved references to her most iconic songs: "Animal Crackers in My Soup indeed," colleague Claire Noland remembered. "RIP Shirley Temple, who launched us all on the Good Ship Lollipop," noted Henry Chu, also at LAT.

"She even had a drink named after her," Mashable's Jim Roberts mused, sharing this picture. Fox 29 Philadelphia's Jennaphr Frederick shared one, too, captioning, "ALWAYS WANTED THOSE CURLEY LOCKS." Many more reflected on how she retired from filmmaking at only age 22, but went on to pave a career in politics, holding positions during the administrations of multiple presidents.

Please feel free to tweet us your fondest memories of Shirley, as an actress or a diplomat.

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