Former Dieselpunk Era Child Actress Shirley Temple Dead

Shirley Temple
A hairdresser gives finishing touch to former child star Shirley Temple’s hair before her daughter’s debutante party at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco, June 1965 (Life/Alfred Eisenstaedt)

American actress Shirley Temple died on Monday at the age of 85 in her California home, surrounded by family and caregivers.

Over at our partner website Dieselpunks, Cap’n Tony has written a fine obituary you should read.

Shirley Temple was an icon of the silver screen. Instantly recognizable by her springy curls, bright eyes, and dainty voice, she became one of the first child superstars. She could sing, she could dance, and she could act at a level of maturity that amazed actors, directors, and audiences alike. Though generally cast in roles that were sweet almost to the point of tooth decay, she maintained a level of precocious personality that made her memorable as far more than just a cute little girl, such that she remains today one of the most iconic of Diesel Era actors.

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Nick Ottens is the chief editor of The Gatehouse. An historian by training, he now works for an international consultancy and writes about political and international affairs for the Atlantic Sentinel.

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