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Shirley Temple, R.I.P.

By on 2.11.14 | 9:23PM

Child actress turned diplomat Shirley Temple passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

Temple was arguably the most popular film star in the world in the mid to late 1930’s with films such as Curly Top, Poor Little Rich Girl and Heidi.

Later in life, Temple (by this time known as Shirley Temple Black) became a Republican and made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1967. In 1969, President Nixon appointed her as a Representative to the UN General Assembly. Five years later, President Ford appointed her Ambassador to Ghana. Ford later appointed Temple Black as Chief of Protocol for the United States. She would be responsible for organizing the inaugural for Jimmy Carter. In 1989, the first President Bush named Temple Black as Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

Here are a couple of pictures of Temple visiting the Boston Public Garden in 1938 where she took a Swan Boat Ride.

I leave you with a clip of Temple receiving the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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