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Republican Fundraiser, Diplomat, Celebrity Cherub Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85
Posted on Feb 11, 2014
She had many lives, but before becoming the most famous and photographed American, child actor phenom Shirley Temple was locked in a box and forced to sit on a block of ice.
This is from the New York Times obituary, which recounts Temple’s film career before she became famous:
On screen, Temple was as sweet and sparkly as her eponymous drink, a character who lifted America’s spirits during the Depression. Where most Hollywood actresses have to contend with brutally unfair age barriers, Temple’s case took such matters to an extreme. She retired at 22.
But, as many know, she would go on to be a big mover and shaker in the Republican Party, helping to raise money and elect candidates. Ultimately she was sent as a diplomat to the United Nations, Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
She was also a victim of breast cancer and encouraged women to overcome the illness’ stigma.
Doubtlessly, she will be remembered always as that sweet little girl.
As film writer Carrie Rickey remembers:
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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