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Shirley Temple Black, who lifted Depression-era America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late Monday evening at the age of 85 .Born April 23, 1928, Temple Black started her career in the early 1930s and was famous by age 6 . She became a national institution, and her raging popularity spawned dozens of Shirley Temple novelties, as she became one of the first stars to enjoy the fruits of the growing merchandising trade.She was 3 when her mother put her in dance school, where a talent scout spotted her and got her in "Baby Burlesk," a series of short movies with child actors spoofing adult movies.In 1935 she received a special Oscar for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment".She made some 40 feature-length movies in 10 years, starring alongside such actors as Randolph Scott, Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Durante.Temple was 17 in 1945 when she married John Agar, who would eventually appear with her in two movies.
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