America’s most famous child actor, Shirley Temple, died on February 10, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California, and began her acting career at the tender age of three.
She is forever immortalized in her hit song “Animal Crackers.” For many of us, this classic tune is synonymous with childhood joy and innocence. She was the recipient of the Juvenile Academy Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Center of Films of Children.
In addition, Shirley Temple used her talent and influence to make a difference. After her booming film career, Temple became United States Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Later in life, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and became one of the first celebrities to encourage breast cancer awareness. Shirley Temple was truly a star and she will be missed.