Shirley Temple: The Special Tribute That Got the Hollywood Icon’s Name Trending

by Katie Maloney

You may have noticed that today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to legendary actress Shirley Temple.

Most of the world knows the adorable dimple-faced actress for her dance numbers and time in Hollywood. After all, she did star in at least 16 movies, 12 of which were released in 1934 alone. She even received an honorary Academy Award when she was just six years old. As a child actor, Temple made $1,000 a week (approximately $19,733 today). She also received about 16,000 fan letters per week. In conclusion, Shirley Temple was an international icon.

However, she was more than just an actress. In fact, Shirley Temple retired from show business in her twenties and began to pursue a role in politics. In a way, Temple found a new stage for her impact on the world. And in 1967, Temple ran in a special election in California’s 11th congressional district. Although she didn’t win, the campaign fueled her love for politics. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Temple the U.S. representative to the United Nations. And In 1974, Gerald Fordshe appointed her U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

“I have had a longer career in diplomacy than in my entertainment career,” said Temple during an interview.

However, she added that her Hollywood fame did help her during some of her political meetings.

“‘Shirley Temple opens doors for Shirley Temple Black,” said Temple during another interview.

The U.S. Embassy in Czech Republic Honored Shirley Temple After Her Death in 2014

In 2014, Shirley Temple passed away at 85 years old. And the world mourned her for both her contributions in Hollywood and in politics. In fact, the U.S. Embassy in Czech Republic penned a heartfelt message in her honor.

They wrote, ” She upheld the highest standards of poise and class, and will be missed. Here she captured the hearts of the Czech and Slovak people.”

As part of the tribute, they also included words from Americans and Czechs who worked with and met Temple.

“I remember having lunch with her just after the Velvet Revolution.  She was charming, one of the least pretentious people I’ve ever met,” said New York University musicologist Mike Beckerman.

One of Temple’s coworkers, Zuzana Willits, also remembered the Ambassador fondly.

“She was a great person who talked to all of us. Morale was high and everybody loved her. Amazingly, she always remembered everyone’s first names. Memories of Ambassador Black will remain forever in my heart”

In conclusion, it’s no wonder why Google chose to honor Shirley Temple. Whether she was on stage performing a musical number or on the political stage helping people, Shirley Temple never ceased to positively impact the world.