Gifted with an extraordinary talent, she captivated audiences all over the word in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Born Shirley Jane Temple in Santa Monica, California, on April 23 1928, she was only three when her parents had her enrolled at a dance studio in Los Angeles.
Discovered by talent scouts, her Hollywood career took off soon after that; she made her screen debut in 1932 in Hollywood movie What’s to do.
Two years later, she starred in 10 motion pictures, including Stand Up and Cheer, Little Miss Marker, Baby Take a Bow and Bright Eyes – the film which introduced her signature song: On the Good Ship Lollipop.
The curly-haired cutie who brought cheer to Depression-era America retired from movies in 1950, enjoyed a TV comeback and then in later life acted as US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Shirley Temple Black, died on February 11 2014, aged 85.