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.
Little Shirley Temple raised the spirits of a nation during the Great Depression. RIP pic.twitter.com/yzoyw6xpML
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 11, 2014
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
RIP Shirley Temple, here as a child star with Eddie Cantor in a 1936 March of Dimes benefit http://t.co/l9MEke0IrM
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) February 11, 2014
— virginia madsen (@madlyv) February 11, 2014
I loved her so much. I've seen every movie of hers, I own her scrapbooks& have 3 dolls. She was a… http://t.co/EaVFFN6JUL
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) February 11, 2014
R.I.P Shirley Temple. U are amazing, u lived such an incredible life.
— ONEREPUBLIC (@OneRepublic) February 11, 2014
A nice Tea Time trio: Walt, Mickey Mouse and Shirley Temple. pic.twitter.com/IwlVkkRCBd
— Gary Buchanan (@Gary_Jerry) 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
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 11, 2014
RIP Shirley Temple. A true legend! It was am honor to be in the film "Shirley Temple" for Fox Legacy.… http://t.co/meqBRlkMcX
— Sophia Lucia (@MsSophiaLucia) February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple attended the first Birthday Ball in 1934. The balls became our signature fundraiser after 1938. RIP. pic.twitter.com/9AwsImlZQf
— March of Dimes (@MarchofDimes) February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple will forever be loved. What a legacy.
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) February 11, 2014
RIP #ShirleyTemple. One of the last true Hollywood legends.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 11, 2014
— Bo Derek (@boderek) February 11, 2014