Shirley Temple was a child actress known for her dimples and curly hair. She played roles that portrayed her as an adorable orphan who fixed couples and softened the hearts of gruff men. She retired from films by her teens, but she still had various cameos on TV shows for years.
Because of her early retirement from showbusiness, a lot of people tend to think that she passed away a long time ago. She's actually had a long life and political career.
When she was 17 she married John Agar. Within 5 years they divorced and she married Charles Black. They were married 54 years when he passed away from a bone marrow disease. After marrying Black, she became a homemaker. She raised her daughter, Linda, from her marriage to Agar and her two children with Black in California.
After making her mark in television, Temple became active in the Republican Party in California. In 1967 she ran for a seat in the House of Representatives in a special election to fill a vacant seat. She ran as a conservative and lost to a liberal Republican named Pete McCloskey who was strongly opposed to the Vietnam War.
She was then appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by President Nixon in 1969.
After that, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 under President Ford. She then served as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992 under President Bush. Today, Shirley Temple is living in California at the age of 84.