February 11, 2014
Child star and role model on leadership has died. Shirley Temple child actress and beloved artist who captured the Hollywood by storm with her smiles and tap dance. Temple created as singing experience that brought joy to millions and opened eyes to racism. Woman leader and “Famed former child actress Shirley Temple dies” at age 85 on Monday in her home near San Francisco.
She was known for her iconic song, “Good Ship Lollipop” which made her a household name for more than half a decade. Her imprint is sustainable as she continued to contribute and serve.
Her hits included “Little Miss Marker” (1934), “Curly Top” (1935) and “The Littlest Rebel” (1935). At the box office, she beat out the great adult stars of her day, such as Clark Gable and Bing Crosby.
“She retired from filmmaking at 22 and married Charles Black, changing her last name from Temple to Temple Black. But she did not fade from the public eye. She embarked on a new career as a foreign diplomat: She served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974 was U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992. Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who appointed her to the Czechoslovakia post, said Tuesday that he and his wife “mourn the loss of an American icon,” reports CNN.
In the age of intelligence and women in leadership, Shirley Temple Black was more than an entertainer. She was a renaissance women of arts, politics and words. She will be missed and appreciated for her contributions as a states woman and artisan.