Child movie star, politician and diplomat Shirley Temple
died yesterday at her home in Woodside, California, at the age of 85. Incredibly she began her film career at the age of three. Her precocious acting, singing and dancing won her a special juvenile Oscar at the age of six, the youngest child ever to receive this award. From 1935 to 1938 she was ranked as Hollywood's biggest draw. She made at least two movies for the great director John Ford: Wee Willie Winkie
(1937), her favourite film, and Fort Apache
(1948) when she was old enough to play the love interest and shared star billing with John Wayne and Henry Fonda. She retired from the movies in 1950. Of her childhood, she said "I stopped believing in Santa Claus at the age of six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph". CLICK
for the BBC Obituary.