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Shirley Temple, from child darling to world ambassador

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Not only was Shirley Temple Black an enchanting young actress in many classic films involving song, dance, and lessons from life, she was genuine and empathetic in her role as a US Ambassador and in her enduring belief in the human spirit and the planet. On passing away on Feb 10 at the age of 85, there has been an outpour of gratitude and love from fans around the world.

The Official Shirley Temple website includes a banner page from her family. Her fame came from her roles as a child in film and she retired from acting in 1949. Her personal life as a wife and mother, as an ambassador for the US government and 30 years in foreign services were also careers she esteemed.

In 1972, Shirley Temple just returning from Stockholm from the UN Conference on the Human Environment. was a guest on the BBC Michael Parkinson Show. A short clip shows the inner peace and glow of her being that was part of her natural beauty and attraction. Her absolute attention to this salty talk show host is also noteworthy.

The declarations made at the Stockholm conference make clear her engagement in human rights and the environment.

I don't think the world will ever know complete peace in all countries. I don't think it is in our makeup to do this but we can pray for it. But I think that the world will be a better place, a calmer place, and I hope for dignity in man and that people can achieve dignity and not suffer from hunger and want.

A tribute to Temple Black was made to her career as a beloved actress eight years ago in 2006. The Screen Actor's Guild Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Jamie Lee Curtis. Her advice to receive such an award was to "start early".

Shirley Temple presented Walt Disney with an Oscar in 1934 for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"and thanked him for all his fantastic creations. She was, and always will be, "The Little Princess". The name comes from her last feature film box office success as a child star for the 1939 technicolor production of "The Little Princess".

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said "As long as we have Shirley Temple we'll be all right" and many believe this will always be true.


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