The iconic curly-haired, dimple-cheeked Shirley Temple passed away late Monday night, February 11, 2014.
Shirley Temple was known for her acting, dancing and singing achievements as a child star in the 1930s. Her optimism and energy served as an endearing distraction during the Great Depression. With her famous curls and charming dimples, Shirley Temple not only captured the hearts of Americans, but also the top box-office hit from 1935 to 1938. Temple is the only child star to record such high sales, edging out adult actors like Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper and more.
Temple began dancing at age two, began acting at three and by age five was taking over the spotlight. She won a miniature Oscar in 1934 for her contributions to the screen and in 1999 was ranked number 18 of 25 actresses in the top 50 screen legends by the American Film Institute. She even had a drink named after her, a sweet concoction of ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry to top it off.
As time went on, Shirley Temple left Hollywood for the world of politics, serving as ambassador to Czechoslovakia and then to Ghana. There seems no better day than now to have a Shirley Temple to commemorate the iconic child star and all her achievements.