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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."
Despite achieving great success as a young actress in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor’s life was dominated by her career and family.
Judy Garland signed with MGM at the age of 13 and in 1939 she starred in "The Wizard of Oz." After years of battling addiction and professional disappointments, she died on June 22, 1969.
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As Shirley Temple Black's entertainment work petered out, she refocused her efforts on a career in public service. In 1967 she ran for Congress but lost. From 1969 to 1970 she served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Temple Black was appointed ambassador to Ghana in 1974. Two years later, she became the chief of protocol of the United States,
retaining the position until 1977.
In 1988 Temple Black became the only person thus far to achieve the rank of honorary Foreign Service officer of the United States. From 1989 to 1992 she served yet another public service role, as ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
In December of 1998, Shirley Temple Black's lifetime accomplishments were celebrated in the Kennedy Center Honors at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
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