Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Birthday Special: Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple: the original child star turns 85

Shirley Temple (© Rex Features)
  • Shirley Temple (© Rex Features)
  • Shirley Temple, child star (© Rex Features)
  • Shirley Temple with Shirley Temple doll (© Rex Features)
  • Shirley Temple (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Marriage of John Agar and Shirley Temple (© Rex Features)
  • Shirley Temple and Charles Alden Black (© AP)
  • Shirley Temple and family (© AP)
  • Shirley Temple with Shirley Temple dolls, 1958 (© AP)
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Little Shirley Temple, the original child star, celebrates her 85th birthday on 23 April 2013. The curly-haired cutie who brought cheer to Depression-era America retired from movies in 1950, enjoyed a TV comeback in the late '50s, then in later life acted as US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. Join us as we look back at the extraordinary life and career of Shirley Temple Black.