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97. Shirley Temple: From Child Star to Diplomat
One of the most famous child stars in
history of films in the United States was
great Shirley Temple. Temple starred in some of
greatest movies ever made during the film industry's
. Born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica,
, Temple was encouraged by her mother to develop
interest in singing, acting, and dancing. She enrolled
Shirley into a dance school at the age
3. She also began styling Shirley's hair copying
movie star Mary Pickford's wholesome, All-American, pigtail look.
first acting experience came while she was still
the dancing school at a very young age.
appeared in a series of short films where
actors were used to play adults. The shorts,
they were called, were satirical in nature, and
fell out of favor with the public. Temple
valuable acting experience at a young age, though.
Fox Film songwriter was very taken by the
star, and he introduced her to studio executives.
was signed to do her first film in
at the age of 5. The film Stand
and Cheer was a big hit, and Temple's
Her career is one of the
remarkable in Hollywood history. She made dozens of
films as a child actress. She was very
, and talented for someone so young, but by
, her films began to flop. Her career was
over by her teen years, and announced her
retirement in 1950. This did not stop Temple
, as she began a second career as a
servant. She got involved with the Republican party,
in a special election, in California, in 1967,
lost. She was then noticed by U.S. Secretary
State, Henry Kissinger, who offered her a diplomatic
, which she accepted. She served as ambassador to
countries during her political career under President Gerald
, and President George H.W. Bush.