Still in the mourning period following her death this monday, I always remember her as a little girl with perfect blond ringlets and sparkling personality.
Shirley Temple who would always be America’s darling of the Depression, she also made a major contribution to women’s health. In 1972, when people didn’t talk openly about their personal health and way before Angelina Jolie published her mastectomy, she held a press conference to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women to discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.” She is widely credited with helping to make it acceptable to talk about breast cancer.
Retired from the stage at 22, she returned to the spotlight at 1960s with a surprising role as a diplomat. Amongst her diplomacy career, she was the ambassador to Ghana and to what was then Czechoslovakia in 1989, serving there during the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Read more about her remarkable life at http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/arts/shirley-temple-black-screen-star-dies-at-85.html?hp&_r=0&referrer= – View on Path.