For millions of film goers during the 1930s, Shirley Temple was an iconic, adorable tap-dancing child star, who brought joy into the lives of millions during the difficult years of the Great Depression. However, by the time she was in her early 20s, her film career wound down and she entered an entirely new career, that of a politician and diplomat.
Shirley Temple, or as she was known for much of her later life Shirley Temple Black, has died in California at the age of 85, of natural causes. Known for her many films, in which she usually played an adorable child who was in some way brightening the lives of the adults around her, Temple was admired by millions, and her curls and her looks emulated by many girls of the generation.
After her film career, Temple-Black became very active in the California Republican party. She launched an unsuccessful bid for congress in the late 1960s, running as a conservative Republican. Her political career also included serving as an ambassador to Ghana, in the 1970s, as well as an ambassador to Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s until the early 1990s. She also served as the first female Chief of Protocol in the United States, and was a representative to the United Nations General Assembly.
Whether you watched her movies, or are familiar with her through the world of politics, the world has lost a star of both worlds, the like of which will not likely be seen again.