Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Memoriam: Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014)

One of Hollywood's most well-known actors passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

Shirley Temple, later known as Shirley Temple Black, was so much more than just an actor in Hollywood.  As a child star, she helped warm hearts hurt by the depression.  When she grew up, she became a diplomat and a politician once serving as the Chief of Protocol for the United States.

Shirley Temple Black's life of service began early at the ripe age of three.  She starred in her first film.  Over the next 19 years or so, she would charm her way into the hearts and minds of Americans before retiring in 1949 from the big screen.  Later, she would come back to television, but it was her perpetual youthful self that many young people, including myself, grew up with.  I can remember dancing and singing along with Shirley Temple as a youngster, and I'm glad my parents thought to show me those films.

Temple Black also proved that one can get beyond one's life as a child star and contribute at the highest levels of service to one's country.

So, for all you did for us, Shirley Temple Black, happy landing on a chocolate bar in the sky!  We'll miss you.

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