Friday, February 21, 2014

Shirley Temple Black, R.I.P.

On February 10th, Shirley Temple Black passed away, of natural causes, at the age of 85.  She was an actress, singer, dancer, author, dedicated public servant, as well as, an American icon.

Her film career began in 1932 when she was only three years old.  From 1935 to 1938 she was Hollywood's top box-office draw.

Later on, she served on the board of directors for several organizations.  In 1969, President Nixon appointed her as representative to the United Nations General Assembly.  President Ford appointed her as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana in 1974.  In 1976, she became the first female Chief of Protocol of the U.S.

With Václav Havel in 1990
Having been nominated by President Bush, she was the 1st female American Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and served from 1989 to 1992.  It must have been an exciting time to serve as ambassador during the Velvet Revolution.

She was a lifelong smoker but she didn't smoke in public because she didn't want to set a bad example for her fans.

In spite of all the good work she did throughout her life, she will always be remembered as the little girl singing On the Good Ship Lollipop.  Here's the clip I found on YouTube. 

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