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:
Shirley Temple – dead at 85. I had no idea she was still alive.
— 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
BREAKING NEWS: Shirley Temple was still alive until this week.
— 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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