WOODSIDE, California, EE.UU. (AP) — Shirley Temple, la estelar niña de cabello rizado que llevó sonrisas a los cinéfilos que acudían a las salas durante la Gran Depresión, murió a los 85 años.

Su publicista Cheryl Kagan dijo que Temple, cuyo nombre real era Shirley Temple Black, murió rodeada de sus familiares en su casa cercana a San Francisco.

Una talentosa cantante, bailarina y actriz, Shirley Temple fue la gran atracción de taquilla desde 1935, cuando cumplió siete años, hasta 1938. Se le acredita haber salvado a 20th Century Fox de la bancarrota gracias a los ingresos generados por cintas sutas como "Curly Top" y "The Littlest Rebel".

Se retiró del cine a los 21 y después participó en la política. Tuvo varios cargos diplomáticos, entre ellos el de embajadora en la entonces Checoslovaquia a fines de la década de 1980.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Shirley Temple Black with her award for Lifetime Achievement poses in the press room during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Shirley Temple Black arrives at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

  • In this undated file publicity photo, actress Shirley Temple is shown as she appeared in "Wee Willie Winkie" in 1937. Ms. Temple, who was born in 1928 and began acting at the age of three, received an honorary Academy Award in 1934 for her contributions as a child film star. (AP Photo, File)

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    Child film star Shirley Temple (1928- ) arrives at her first big premier for the film 'Wee Willie Winkie' in Hollywood 26 June 1937. During 1934-8 she appeared in more than 20 feature films and was consistently the top US movie star. As Mrs. Shirley Temple-Black she entered politics, and was US Ambassador to Ghana (1974-6) and to Czechoslovakia (1989-93). (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shirley Temple and Guy Madison in Honeymoon (1947)

  • Picture released on August 16, 1937 of John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, signing young actress Shirley Temple's autograph books, after he was made a member of the Shirley Temple Police Force (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Description U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia Shirley Temple Black talks with MAJ Carolyn May.

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    Shirley Temple Black in Prague in 1990, Czechoslovakia.

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    FILE - This undated file photo shows six-year-old Shirley Temple as she appears in her first featured role in the 1934 musical "Stand Up and Cheer" with James Dunn. (AP Photo, File)

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    The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, then Prime Minister of Canada, and movie star Shirley Temple.

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    Description Shirley Temple in Prague in 1990, Czechoslovakia.

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    Description Cropped version: Screenshot from a public domain film The Little Princess (1939) starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene.

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    Shirley Temple & Arthur Treacher in The Little Princess (1939 film)

  • Screenshot from a public domain film The Little Princess (1939) starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene.

  • French Ambassador in Washington Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet (2nd R), flanked by his wife (R), shakes hands with US President Jimmy Carter, flanked by his wife Rosalynn Carter, on January 22, 1977 as US diplomat and former actress Shirley Temple looks on. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)