Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Passing of an Icon - Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple is one of the most iconic child actresses of Hollywood.  A shining star in the 1930s box-office, she starred in hits like Bright Eyes (1934), The Little Colonel (1935), Curly Top (1935), Heidi (1937) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).  Even 80 years later, children are still familiar with her bouncing curls.

While her acting career was mostly limited to her childhood, Shirley Temple continued to be an outstanding role model in her later life.  She turned her interest to politics after retiring from acting in 1950.  She served in positions such as a delegate to the UN General Assembly, ambassador to Ghana and later as ambassador to Czechoslovakia.   

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, Temple was one of the first celebrities to publicly discuss her diagnosis.  According to the Shirley Temple website, she received over 50,000 cards and letters from women who were thankful to her for making it more acceptable for women to seek medical attention.  

On February 10, 2014 Ambassador Shirley Temple Black passed away at the age of 85.

To learn more about Shirley Temple, check out this article from the Encyclopedia Britannica or stop by the library to look through books in our collection.

Call Number: PN1998.2 .G59 2011
Location: Stack

Call Number:  HQ1236.5 .U6 P653 2013
Location: Stacks

Call Number: PN1995.9 .G57 S65 2013   
Location: Stacks

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