Baby takes her final bow

Baby takes her final bow
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Thousands of social media users have taken to their keyboards to express shock and surprise at the death of Shirley Temple. Almost everyone, it seems, thought that the film star and diplomat had passed away many years ago:

— Gvac (@WMGvac) February 11, 2014

So shocked to read that Shirley Temple, the Academy award winning actress and former child star, was still alive.

— John Johnsonson (@JohnJohnsonson) February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple was alive?

— Mr Eugenides (@Mr_Eugenides) February 11, 2014

— Hugh Armitage (@hugharmitage) February 11, 2014

This is a selection of thousands of similar comments. Who knew that ‘Little Miss Miracle’ was hiding in plain sight, deep into her eighties, slap bang in the middle of Santa Monica? Good on her. Rest in peace.

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