Luckily for us, Temple's real acting career didn't go flippity flop until many many years later, after she'd made some 60 films. She would embark a new new career in politics and international diplomacy throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, serving as Ambassador to Ghana (1974-76) and Czechoslovakia (1989-92).
In the early 1970s Shirley Temple Black became one of the first to speak openly about her struggle with breast cancer, having undergone a radical mastectomy. She lived a full and rich life before passing away of natural causes early this week at her home in California. She was 85 years old. Black is survived by her three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Obituary
Performances to cherish
For a great list of 10 Classic Films Starring Shirley Temple, check out Jennifer Garlen's Examiner article. Here are my personal favorite Temple flicks. Please stick around and tell me about your family's favorite Shirley Temple movies in the comment section below. I'd love to hear your stories about how you came to know and love Hollywood's precious curly top!
NEW DEAL RHYTHM (1933)
BRIGHT EYES (1934)
THE LITTLE COLONEL (1935)
THE LITTLE PRINCESS (1939)