- NAME: Shirley Temple
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Diplomat
- BIRTH DATE: April 23, 1928
- DEATH DATE: February 10, 2014
- Did You Know?: In 1988, Shirley Temple became the only person to date to achieve the rank of honorary U.S. Foreign Service officer.
- EDUCATION: Westlake School for Girls
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Santa Monica, California
- PLACE OF DEATH: California
- Maiden Name: Shirley Jane Temple
- AKA: Shirley Temple
- Nickname: Little Miss Miracle
- Full Name: Shirley Temple Black
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Shirley Temple was the leading child actor of her time, receiving a special Oscar and starring in films like Bright Eyes and Heidi.
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Shirley Temple is the most popular child star of all time, known for acting, singing, and dancing in movies including "Heidi," "The Little Princess," "Bright Eyes," and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm."
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In 1988, Temple became the only person to date to achieve the rank of honorary U.S. Foreign Service officer. From 1989 to '92, she entered into yet another public service role, this time as ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
In December 1998, Temple's lifetime accomplishments were celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Temple married actor John Agar Jr. in 1945, when she was only 17 years old. The marriage yielded one child, a daughter named Linda Susan, before ending in divorce in 1949.
Temple remarried the following year, to California businessman Charles Alden Black; she added her husband's last name to hers, becoming Shirley Temple Black. The couple had two children: a son, Charles, and a daughter, Lori. Shirley and the elder Charles would remain married until his death from complications of a bone-marrow disease in 2005.
Shirley Temple died of natural causes on February 10, 2014, at her home near San Francisco, California. She was 85 years old.
Following her death, Temple's family and caregivers issued a statement that read: "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of 55 years."
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