Shirley Temple Black, the legendary child star who later became a diplomat, passed away late last night from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California. Starting when she was three years old, Shirley Temple used her talents as an actor, singer and tap-dancer to create a successful show business career, often beating out the adult stars of her day at the box office. When she was 17, she married fellow actor John Agar, but they divorced after four years. At age 22, she left the movie business and married Charles Black, a California businessman. As an adult, she became a Republican fundraiser and found a second career as a diplomat, serving as a delegate to the United Nations, Ambassador to Ghana, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
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