Shirley Temple Black was an American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat who was Hollywood’s number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1934 to 1938. She was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States. She was the first woman to do so.
Google Honours Shirley Temple
On Wednesday, Google honoured Shirley Temple with an animated doodle. It was on this day in 2015 that the Santa Monica History Museum opened “Love, Shirley Temple”, an exhibit featuring a collection of her rare memorabilia.
Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in California. Her many talents, and “signature dimples, blonde ringlet curls and strong work ethic” landed her in several movies and musicals including ‘Stand Up And Cheer’ and ‘Bright Eyes’. She entered the world of fame even before she was 10 years old, and received an Academy Award at just six-years-old.
“Not only did Temple help millions of Americans through the hardships of the Great Depression as Hollywood’s top box office draw, she also later shared her charisma with the world through her work in international relations,” Google says in tribute.
Temple created waves as “Junior Miss”, a 1942 radio sitcom about a teenage girl growing up in New York City. She retired from her acting career as a Hollywood icon at the age of 22, and gradually transitioned into full-time public service.
She died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014, at her home in California.
“At the heart of everything was her family. We were blessed to know her, her love, her courage, and her strength. She is still deeply loved and truly missed, and we treasure our memories of her,” her granddaughter Teresa Caltabiano said.