The news that legendary child star Shirley Temple Black died Tuesday morning in California has spurred tributes and appreciations from showbiz insiders.
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In her heyday, Shirley Temple was the queen of the 20th Century Fox lot. Studio chairman Jim Gianopulos hailed her screen legacy as well as her work off camera.
“Today as the world mourns the loss of ‘America’s Little Darling,’ we remember not only one of the most prolific child stars to ever grace our screens, but also a woman whose achievements reached far beyond her Hollywood career. Shirley Temple Black remains an integral part of Twentieth Century Fox’s heritage and the bronze sculpture of her that flanks the Shirley Temple Black Child Development Center on the Fox Lot serves as reminder of her enduring legacy and her ability to unite and entertain both young and old. She was an extraordinary talent and on behalf of all of us at Fox, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to her family,” Gianopulos said.
Hollywood also took to social media to express condolences.
The Good Ship Lollypop has sailed today with Shirley Temple aboard a true 1 of a kind. If you don't know her.. google or YouTube her. R.I.P.—
Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 11, 2014
Rest in peace Shirley Temple. One of the most talented and brightest stars in the world has gone to the sky. A genuine phenomenon—
Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) February 11, 2014
R.I.P Shirley Temple. U are amazing, u lived such an incredible life.—
(@OneRepublic) February 11, 2014
Roosevelt once said "as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right." So, guess it's been nice knowin' y'all.—
Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) February 11, 2014
RIP, Shirley Temple Black. Perhaps the best example of a child star who came out the other side sane and used her fame for a great 2nd act.—
Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 11, 2014
Thank you Shirley Temple, R.I.P.—
Billy Corgan (@Billy) February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple will forever be loved. What a legacy.—
Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) February 11, 2014