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.