Hollywood Reacts to the Death of Shirley Temple Black

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.

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  1. One of my earliest childhood memories was watching Shirley Temple films broadcast weekly on our local LA channel. She was as talented as she was iconic and I loved movies like Heidi, Wee Willie Winkie and Susannah of the Mounties. These were films that transcended gender and were visual fairy tales for the delight of all ages. Greatness is defined by “the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent.” In that realm, Shirley was a giant.

  2. Shirley Temples knack for lifting our spirits made her the darling of the depression…we sure could use her brand of sunny optimism now.http://wp.me/p2qifI-22t

  3. Nancy Rivera says:

    I’m truely sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley Temple Black. As a child, I grew up watching all of her movies and loved everyone that I watched. I’m so sad that we are losing a wonderful person. My Grandmother used to fix my hair in her trademark curls. We even had the blue glassware with her picture frosted onto it. There are so many things that, alot of the kids now days wouldn’t understand in the way we loved her and her movies. R.I.P. Shirley She will be entertaining everyone up in Heaven! A Fan….Nancy Rivera

  4. Louisa says:

    I remember watching her movies as a little girl (admittedly. a long time ago). I wanted to be just like her. Then I grew up and found out that she had become a diplomat, and was even more impressed with her. It’s rare that a person conducts their life with such class and decency, from infancy to old age. Child stars of today could really learn something from her. Rest in peace, little angel.

  5. Christel Jordan says:

    This is truly a sad day! Our nation has lost a very dear icon and role model! Shirley Temple Black was the star that shined above all others. May her star continue to shine down on us all from Heaven above.

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