Google Doodle celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and diplomat Shirley “Little Miss Miracle” Temple on June 9 with an animated graphic. Born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, Shirley Temple was also named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States.
On this day in 2015, the Santa Monica History Museum opened “Love, Shirley Temple,” a special exhibit featuring a collection of her rare memorabilia. Today’s special Google Doodle, in honour of Shirley Temple, features animated versions of her as a diplomat, an award-winning actor and a young dancing girl.
Shirley Temple began dance classes at the age of three, and in 1934, appeared in the musical, Stand Up And Cheer. The same year, Shirley starred in several films including Bright Eyes. “Before she even reached double digits in age, Temple was one of the most popular actors in American cinema—even becoming the first child star to receive an Academy Award at just six years old,” the Google Doodle page says.
Although Shirley continued with her appearance in films, she retired from the industry at the age of 22. In 1942, Shirley appeared as the star of “Junior Miss,” a radio sitcom about a teenage girl growing up in New York City.
She narrated “Shirley Temple’s Storybook,” a children’s television series which adapted family-friendly stories in 1958. This was her final foray in American entertainment before her transition into full-time public service.
She was appointed as a representative of the US to the United Nations in 1969. “Her career in politics included her dedicated environmentalism, representing her nation in 1972 at the UN Conference on the Human Environment. In 2006, the Screen Actors Guild presented Temple with its Lifetime Achievement Award, the organisation’s highest honour,” the Google Doodle page says.
Teresa Caltabiano, Shirley Temple’s granddaughter, also shared her thoughts on the Google Doodle, and said, “At the heart of everything was her family. We were blessed to know her, her love, her courage, and her strength. She is still deeply loved and truly missed, and we treasure our memories of her.”
Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, California. She was 85.