Shirley Temple Black's Family Thanks Her Fans

It’s been a difficult week for Shirley Temple Black’s family, but even as they grieve the star’s death, they’ve felt consoled by the millions of fans who have reached out this week.

“Our family is so appreciative of the amazing outpouring of affection for our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” the family told PEOPLE in a statement.

Temple passed away at the age of 85 on Feb. 10 at her Woodside, Calif., home, surrounded by family and caregivers.

Remembering Shirley Temple Through 10 Vintage Collectibles

The peerless Shirley Temple captivated audiences throughout the 1930s in such beguiling movies as Bright Eyes and Curly Top.

Besides home video, her roles also live on today thanks to a staggering amount of Shirley Temple memorabilia.

Below, but a small sampling of the wide range of Shirley Temple collectibles currently available to her millions of fans over the Internet.

Shirley Temple Exercised Surprising Political Star Power, Too

Shirley Temple died Monday night in California, reviving vivid memories of a performer so beloved she was bestowed with an honorary Oscar at the age of only 6.

But overshadowing her iconic screen moments were some of her off-camera achievements – as diplomat and political activist.

Her role in life began when, as a child star, Temple emerged as an unexpected symbol of hope for a nation in despair.

Shirley Temple Was Also a Cancer-Fighting Activist

Shirley Temple was known around the world for having been a child star, but the actress also carved out another influential role for herself: outspoken cancer activist.

At 44, Temple found a lump in her breast. “I wasn’t really worried,” she told PEOPLE in a 1998 cover story. “I don’t know why.”

Shirley Temple's Charm Was a Combination of Spontaneity and Timing

Curly Top and The Little Princess weren’t just movie titles. They were apt descriptions for the sensational Shirley Temple.

News of the death of the former child star – whose charm and career were arguably unmatched in the Sound Era of movies – was announced Tuesday. She was 85.

6 Big, Classic Hollywood Stars Who Little Shirley Temple Beat Out at the Box Office

Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday night at the age of 85, was the most famous child actor of her era, a successful politician, and the inspiration for a delicious drink to boot. But for those who weren’t around during her heyday, what’s most surprising may be exactly how big Temple was at her peak: She was Hollywood’s No.

Remember Shirley Temple By Singing Along to 'On the Good Ship Lollipop'

As the nation remembers “America’s Darling” Shirley Temple, several things come to mind. Ringlets. Dimples. That smile. And “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” which, with the news of Temple’s death, becomes a bittersweet melody.

Shirley Temple Dies at 85

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died at her home near San Francisco.

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