The Side of Shirley Temple You Probably Didn't Know
R.I.P. Shirley Temple.
Shirley Temple, the iconic child star who delighted America during the 1930s, died Monday at age 85.
Though she is most often remembered for her early work on films such as "The Little Colonel," "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Heidi," and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," Temple eventually became a U.S. diplomat, serving in the U.S. delegation to the U.N. from 1969 to 1974, and as a U.S. ambassador to Ghana (1974 to 1976) and Czechoslovakia (1989 to 1992).
"I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here," Temple said after being appointed as U.S. ambassador to Ghana in 1974. "My only problems have been with Americans who, in the beginning, refused to believe I had grown up since my movies," she added.
Shirley Temple's family released a statement saying Temple "peacefully passed away" at her Woodside, California, home from natural causes, and surrounded by her family and caregivers.
R.I.P. Shirley Temple. You will be remembered.