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Shirley Temple Dies: Taylor Swift Remembers ‘Impressive’ Life

Taylor Swift Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temple has passed away. The former child star who became a world diplomat died Monday (Feb. 10) at 85.

ScreenCrush reports Temple passed away from natural causes at her home in Woodside, Calif. Though she had been out of the spotlight for many years, Temple left behind a legacy that impacted generations.

The young star lit up the screen in the ’30s with a series of films including ‘Curly Top,’ ‘Heidi’ and many, many more. Taylor Swift — who knows a little something about early fame herself — took to Twitter on Tuesday (Feb. 11) to pay tribute to Temple.

Temple’s run as a child star ended at the age of 12 — younger than Swift was when she first came to public attention. Subsequent comeback attempts failed to ignite the public’s interest. When she married her second husband, Charles Black, she undertook a life of high-profile public service, first as an appointee to the United Nations, and then as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. The couple were married for 55 years, until his death in 2005.

Swift later took to Facebook to share some words of wisdom from Temple, which she had copied in her journal.

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