Remembering Shirley Temple Black

Published 02/11 2014 04:52PM

Updated 02/11 2014 05:18PM

She sang, danced, and acted her way into America's heart.

"A little girl shouldn't be raised in this kind of environment." by the time she was six... Shirley Temple had made twenty hollywood films.

In the dark days of the depression, President Franklin Roosevelt said 'as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.' and Temple was honored with a special academy award in 1935.

"Mommy, can I go home now?"

Shirley Temple's feature film career would end at the age of 21, but her time in the public eye was far from over. Now known as Mrs. Shirley Temple Black, the former on-screen goodwill ambassador became a real life ambassador... To the United Nations, Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

She believed her diplomatic career was made easier by her acting career.

"'Shirleka' in this country is remembered with love, with affection... I'm thought of as a friend, which I am."

From sailing the 'good ship lollipop'... To charming cold war communists... Shirley Temple Black leaves a lifetime... And legacy... Of warming hearts.

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