One of the most famous working actresses during the Golden Age of Tinsel Town passed away from natural causes, surrounded by family.

Child Star Shirley Temple Dead At 85

Shirley Temple, one of the world's most famous actresses before she was legal to drive a car, has died at the age of 85.

Surrounded by family at her home in Woodside, California, near San Francisco, the child star's passing was confirmed by publicist Cheryl Kagan. Known in her private life as Shirley Temple Black, the Santa Monica, California born talent got her start in show business by performing in a series of one-reel feature film spoofs called "Baby Burlesks" for $10 per day.

She received international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. In 1935, she received a special Juvenile Academy Award for her outstanding contributions as a performer to motion pictures. Licensed merchandise was sold around the globe that capitalized on her wholesome image, which included dolls, dishes, and clothing. 20th Century Fox signed Temple to a seven-year contract that paid her $150 per week. With such a dynamo on their roster, the studio racked up hits such as Stand Up and Cheer!, Baby Take A Bow, and Poor Little Rich Girl. By the end of the year, Temple was America's top box-office draw, being paid more than $1,250 per week, and was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. Super fans of her work used to attempt to count how many curls were in her hair. As her popularity waned as she reached adolescence, she appeared in a few films during her mid-to-late teens, eventually retiring all together from films in 1950 at the ripe old age of 22.

Throughout her career she developed into a force as a film and television actress, singer, dancer, but after the spotlight faded she went into politics.

She served as a U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, the latter during the country's historic collapse of communism in 1989. She also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States, 1976-1977. Later on she raised a family and commented that her greatest roles were as "wife, mother and grandmother." Her husband of more than 50 years, Charles Black, passed away in 2006.

In 2006 she was honored by the Screen Actors Guild with a lifetime achievement award, her advice to other talented individuals who hoped to be in her shoes, "Start early."

But she also said that evening that her greatest roles were as wife, mother and grandmother. "There's nothing like real love. Nothing." Her husband of more than 50 years, Charles Black, had died just a few months earlier.

"With Shirley, you'd just tell her once and she'd remember the rest of her life," said director Allan Dwan, who helmed Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. "Whatever it was she was supposed to do -- she'd do it. ... And if one of the actors got stuck, she'd tell him what his line was -- she knew it better than he did."

Watch one of her most legendary performances below:

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A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

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Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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