Not only did this ABSURDLY ADORABLE little superstar pretty much singlehandedly save Fox and the movie industry during the Great Depression, she also
was one of the first (possibly the first) white actress to hold hands with a black man on screen as half of the first interracial dance couple on screen.
was largely responsible for making breast cancer okay to talk about after she had a press conference about her own mastectomy
became president of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and co-founded the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, because her brother had MS
was the first female Chief of Protocol in US Government history
served as a US ambassador during the fall of Communism and was pretty much an all around international BADASS
And according to her husband, she was always true to herself. “Over 38 years I have participated in her life 24 hours a day through thick and thin, traumatic situations, exultant situations, and I feel she has only one personality. She would be catastrophic for the psychiatric profession. You can wake her up in the middle of the night and she has the same personality everybody knows. What everybody has seen for 60 years is the bedrock.” (x)
Shirley Temple is hands down the most legendary child star of all time and she grew up to be a total BAMF. Rest in peace, Curly Top.
BBC News: Oscar-winning child star Shirley Temple has died, aged 85, of natural causes at home in California, her family have said in a statement.
After retiring from show business following star roles in dozens of films, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went on to be one of the first high profile women to speak openly about the condition. She later served as a US representative to the United Nations, US Ambassador to Ghana and then Czechoslovakia.
Photo: Shirley Temple and Sybil Jason in The Little Princess
Tons of people loved Shirley Temple, and one of her biggest fans was none other than Walt Disney himself. Their friendship began at the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, and continued on after that for many years. She continued to appear in the spotlight even after her retirement at 21 to help Walt open the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough attraction with a family of her very own. Years after Walt passing she continued to work with the Walt Disney Company and even had a hand at crafting Del montes sponsorship of the Magic Kingdom version of the Diamond HorseShoe Revue. Rest in Peace to a Hollywood Legend and wonderful public servant Shirley Temple.