There isn’t a person growing up in the United States that never heard that infomercial that starts with, “Animal crackers in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop the loop.” Those lyrics were sung by child star Shirley Temple Black, who passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
Temple was truly the first “child star” appearing in dozens of films throughout the depression era, giving many Americans hope during the tragic times. However, in 1950, at the age of 22, Temple retired from acting and started a career in politics.
In 1972, Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was also one of the first women to speak out and tell women to get mammograms after she had her mastectomy. It has been noted that she is heralded in the surge of women getting mammograms after her statements.
Serving as a U.S. ambassador to different countries throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Temple became a role model to many women in the United States. It wasn’t only because of her acting and her level-headedness, but how she went into a second career even after her movie stardom days were over.
Stars reacted to her passing on Twitter:
Whoppi Goldberg: The Good Ship Lollypop has sailed today with Shirley Temple aboard a true 1 of a kind. If you don’t know her.. google or YouTube her. R.I.P.
Olivia Munn: Rest in peace Shirley Temple. The world is so much brighter because you were in it…
Leonard Maltin: Rest in peace Shirley Temple. One of the most talented and brightest stars in the world has gone to the sky. A genuine phenomenon
Emmy Rossum: My first acting inspiration. Shirley Temple. Rest in peace.
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