Born on 23rd April 1928 in California, Temple began dazzling the nation from a young age.
Here are a few things we know about Shirley Temple.
At age three, she started dance lessons, which is when it was made clear she would be a star - with her strong work ethic, signature dimples and blonde ringlet curls. In 1934, she landed a role in the toe-tapping musical "Stand Up And Cheer."
Temple was one of the most popular actresses in American cinema before she even reached her teens. She was the first child to be given an Academy Award - at just six years old.
When she reached her teens, Temple moved to the airwaves and starred in a radio sitcom "Junior Miss," which was about a teenage girl growing up in New York City.
This may come as a bit of a surprise, but Shirley Temple's hair was actually very straight. To achieve her famous pin-curl look, her mother, Gertrude Temple, would put 56 curlers in her hair before each film.
According to the LA Times, "Every hairdo had exactly 56 curls, no more, no less. Temple told The Times in 1989 that her 'super mother ... kept my head on straight.'"
Temple continued to star in films throughout her teenage years, and at 22, she retired from the movie industry as a Hollywood icon.
In 1958, Temple narrated the eponymous "Shirley Temple's Storybook," a children's television series which adapted family-friendly stories-sometimes even filmed live. This short-lived anthology marked her final foray in American entertainment before her graceful transition into full-time public service.
"Not only did Temple help millions of Americans through the hardships of the Great Depression as Hollywood's top box office draw, she also later shared her charisma with the world through her work in international relations," says Google Culture.
Temple was appointed as a representative of the U.S. to the United Nations in 1969. And in 1972, she represented her nation in the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment.
Some of the highlights of her diplomatic career include an ambassadorship to Ghana and being the first female Chief of Protocol to the State Department. In 1988, she was also appointed as an Honorary Foreign Service Officer.
Temple died on 10th February 2014, at the age of 86. She was married to Actor Charles Aldon Black from 1950 until his death in 2005.
Temple and Black left behind three children: Lori Black, Linda Susan Agar and Charles Alden Black Jr.
Did you know there's a drink named after the child star? The Shirley Temple is one of the most famous mocktails around. It's a sweet and summery drink, which can be made into a Dirty Shirley Temple by adding some vodka.
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