She was the biggest of child stars. She was the top U.S. box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, beating out Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. She kept children singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop" for generations, retired from acting at age 21 and went on to a diplomatic career. Here's a look at the life of Shirley Temple, who died Monday at age 85.

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The golden curls

Those famous golden curls were created by...

Her mother was said to have done her hair for each movie, with every hairstyle having exactly 56.

Santa Clause and autographs

She stopped believing in Santa Claus because...

At age 6, "Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."

"I'd like a Shirley Temple, please"

She was so famous they named a drink after her...

The kid's cocktail for the ages: ginger ale and grenadine, topped with a maraschino cherry.

A national treasure

She lifted national spirits during the Great Depression...

"... It is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles," President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said.

Crying on cue

How she learned to cry on cue...

"I guess I was an early method actress. I would go to a quiet part of the sound stage with my mother. I wouldn't think of anything sad, I would just make my mind a blank. In a minute I could cry. I didn't like to cry after lunch, because I was too content."

Speeding tickets

... and how crying on cue came in handy when she was 21...

Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu in a red convertible, she was stopped for speeding. She turned on the tears, and the officers ended up escorting her home.

"The Wizard of Oz" a no-go

Why she didn't play Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz"...

20th Century Fox chief Darryl Zanuck refused to lend her out for the 1939 classic.

Entry into politics

Who paved the way for her to become a diplomat...

Richard Nixon appointed her to the U.S. delegation to the UN. She went on to become U.S. ambassador to Ghana, U.S. chief of protocol and ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

Beaten by Ronald Reagan

How Ronald Reagan eclipsed her...

It wasn't on screen: His election cemented his role as America's most famous actor turned public servant. (They had starred together in "That Hagen Girl" in 1947.)

Advice for young actors

Her advice for winning a Lifetime Achievement Award...

"Start early," she said in 2006 when honored by the Screen Actors Guild.