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Remembering Shirley Temple: A Style Retrospective

Lauren Quick | February 11, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Child star and diplomat Shirley Temple died Feb. 10, 2014 in her California home at the age of 85.

MODERN mourns the loss of the woman who started as a precocious little girl with contagious on-screen joy and optimism; we take a look at Temple's style throughout her life and the looks that helped make her famous.

Remembering Shirley Temple: A Style Retrospective
Temple, born in 1928, wasted no time starting her acting career. The little girl with perfect blonde ringlets had her first big "moment" when she was just 6 years old in Little Miss Marker in 1934. She went on to gain fame from movies such as Bright Eyes, Our Little Girl, Heidi and The Little Princess, and she won an honorary academy award by age 6.

Remembering Shirley Temple: A Style Retrospective
Although Temple retired from acting at 22, she blossomed into a teen star with a classic Hollywood glam look. 

Remembering Shirley Temple: A Style Retrospective
Rather than spiral into the often-precarious, nostalgia-filled life of a childhood star after stardom has dwindled, Temple turned to politics as a second career and looks the part with a conservative style. Presidents Nixon, Ford and H.W. Bush all utilized her as a political delegate and ambassador.

Temple was an inspiration at the age of 44 when she publicly discussed her mastectomy for a cancerous left breast and encouraged women to take charge of their health and well-being.

Remembering Shirley Temple: A Style Retrospective
Temple received the Life Achievement Award onstage during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. She is styled age-appropriately and has the same sunny disposition that the world saw when the curly-haired little girl brightened up the 1930s. 

Shirley Temple's iconic curls and spirit will be remembered fondly. To read the New York Times article on Temple, click here.

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