Shirley Temple Black died Monday night at her home in Woodside. She was 85.
She was surrounded by family members on Monday night, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five year of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," the family said in a statement.
The family would not disclose Ms. Black's cause of death.
She started her acting career at age 3 and starred in such hits as "Stand Up and Cheer" and "The Little Colonel." She ruled the box office in the 1930s.
After marrying in 1950 and leaving her Hollywood career behind, she lived in Atherton and Woodside for much of her life.
She met Charles Alden Black in 1950 when she was vacationing in Honolulu. A party was given in her honor and Mr. Black, a handsome young bachelor, was invited.
He surfed every night after work and told the hostess he wouldn't come to the party if the surf was up. "We would never have met if the surfing was good that day," Ms. Black said. The couple was married later that year at his parents' Monterey ranch.
Mr. Black, an internationally recognized marine expert, died Aug. 4, 2005. They were married for 55 years and had three children, a son Charles Jr. and daughters Lori and Susan.
After retiring from her film career at age 21, Shirley Temple Black became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts. She was ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the collapse of the communist regime there in 1989.
In 1967, Pete McCloskey beat Shirley Temple Black and nine other candidates to win a seat in Congress.