On February 10 of this year, Hollywood lost a legend, Shirley Temple. I'm sorry I didn't see this until a week ago. I am saddened, not just because Hollywood lost its darling of the 1930's, but because the US lost one of its great citizens.
We all know "On the Good Ship Lollipop," but how many knew that she was the US Ambassador to countries such as Ghana and Czechoslovakia working closely with Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush.
All under her name "Shirley Temple Black."
How many remember that Shirley Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, and that after her modified radical mastectomy announced it to the world. The magazine McCall's interviewed her in February 1973 making her one of the first prominent women to openly speak about breast cancer.
When my sister was born, my father longed for her to be "the next Shirley Temple."
A number of times, my father would wake me early on a Saturday morning to catch a Shirley Temple movie on the late show. Though I longed for the sleep I'm glad to say that was one thing I could share with my father.
You can find the CNN tribute here.
RIP Shirley Temple Black. You will be missed!