Shirley Temple dies aged 85

Hollywood actress Shirley Temple has died aged 85.

The former child star, who's best known for her roles in Bright Eyes , Curly Top and A Little Princess , passed away yesterday of natural causes at her home in California.

An official statement read: "She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and... our beloved mother, grandmother [ and ] great-grandmother."

Temple retired from movies in 1950 when she was just 22, finding a new home on TV before heading into politics.

The American Film Institute list her as the 18th greatest female American screen legend of all time.

Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.