Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star, has died aged 85. She was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938.

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her at number 18 of the top 50 screen legends.

She retired from films at 21. She raised a family and later became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the historic collapse of communism in 1989.

In this gallery, IBTimesUK looks back at her life and career.

Shirley Temple, circa 1934
Shirley Temple, circa 1934Getty
Shirley Temple
1933 Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple is seen in her role as "Little Miss Marker" in this 1933 photographAP
1935 Shirley Temple
Bill Robinson as the butler is caught in the act of teaching Shirley Temple his world famous stair dance in a scene from "The Little Colonel," 1935AP
1936 Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple celebrates the arrival of 1937Getty
1937 Shirley Temple
A portrait of the child star, circa 1937Getty
Former child star Shirley Temple reads some of her fan mail, circa 1944Getty
1945 wedding
Shirley Temple poses in her wedding gown prior to wedding with Sgt John G Agar on September 19, 1945 in HollywoodAP
1948 daughter
Shirley Temple and John Agar pose with their three-month-old baby daughter, Linda Susan, in 1948ge
1949 divorce
Shirley Temple signs a property settlement in court as she divorces John Agar on December 5, 1949AP
1950 husband
December 1950: Shirley Temple and her new husband Charles Black hold hands as they permit photos to be taken for the first time since their marriage. She also announced that she was retiring from filmsAP
1965 London
15 March 1965: Shirley Temple shakes hands with a policeman upon leaving the Berkeley Hotel in LondonGetty
1967 senate
October 1967: Mrs Shirley Temple Black, on the campaign trail for the US Senate, talks to locals in San Mateo, CaliforniaAP
13 September 1968: Shirley Temple speaks in front of a poster of Richard Nixon at a Republican Party election press conference at the Cafe Royal in LondonGetty
24 September 1975: Shirley Temple Black addresses a gathering at the Fetu Festibval at Cape Coast, GhanaAP
1977 carter
22 January 1977: Iranian Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi visits President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter at the White House as Shirley Temple Black, the chief of protocol, watchesAP
1988 kennedy
6 December 1988: Kennedy Centre honourees sit in the White House East Room: Bill Cosby, Fred Ebb, John Kander, Willie Nelson, Andre Previn and Shirley Temple BlackReuters
29 January 2006: Shirley Temple Black accepts the Life Achievement Award during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild AwardsGetty