The actor's life came to an end in 2014, at the age of 85.
There isn't anyone who doesn't know the name Shirley Temple. She was a child actor who got her first shot at fame when she was just three years old, during the Great Depression. From then, until 1948, she made a name for herself in film.
Eventually, she retired from acting and began pursuing a career in politics as a U.S. diplomat for the United Nations.
At the peak of her career, Temple entertained scores of people. In 2006, when she was accepting the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award, she noted that in her life, she'd had "three wonderful careers": motion pictures and TV, a nearly 30-year honorary job with the foreign service, and a "wife, mother, and grandmother," according to TODAY.
The actor's life came to an end in 2014 at the age of 85. She left behind three kids, Charles Alden Black Jr. and Lori Black, whom she shares with Charles Black, and Linda Susan Agar, whom she shares with John Agar.
In 2018, to celebrate her 90th birth anniversary, Temple's fans and family got together, according to Closer Weekly.
“We had a lot of parties,” the late star’s daughter Susan Black said of her mom, who was a licensed interior decorator for most of her life. “We had a lot of fun decorating the dining room,” Susan continued.
“Being a wife and mom is the greatest of her achievements,” Susan said. “We were shopping and travel buddies. We went many places together. She was one of my very best friends.”
Meanwhile, her son, Charles Black Jr, said that being raised by Temple and her husband Charles Black “seemed very normal to us.” “The only time I noticed her star quality was when someone else would ask for her autograph. She was an amazing person,” he added.
Similarly, Temple's children opened up about life with their famous mom during a previous interview with Closer Weekly. “She was wonderful—and normal,” Charles Jr. shared. “We had dinner at the table every night all together.”
“She was devoted and generous, and she could be a little stern if we didn’t behave. But she was also a lot of fun. Very inventive and imaginative. She was all about her children and her husband,” Susan said.
Before Temple's death, she got the chance to bond with her grandchild. According to Fabiosa, Susan had a daughter named Teresa Caltabiano who Temple shared a close relationship with. When Caltabiano had a daughter of her own, Temple was alive to meet her, too.
Temple lived a good life, and her work and her family are proof of that.
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