Shirley Temple Black passed in her California home last night at the age of 85. She is best remembered from her numerous films in her early years, dancing with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in some of the most iconic racially blind scenes from the 1930s.
Her political activism began in the late '60s as an anti-Vietnam War Republican. She was appointed as Ambassador to the UN by President Nixon after an unsuccesful Congressional run and later Ambassador to Ghana by President Ford. She was named the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States, also by Preisdent Ford and was in charge of the Inauguration of President Carter. President George Bush (41) named her as the next to last Ambassador to Czechoslovakia before the breakup of that country.
She was also a survivor of breast Cancer and was one of the first to openly admit her condition and the radical mastectomy that resulted.
She is survived by her 3 children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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