Google Doodle honours Hollywood icon Shirley Temple

New York: Google today honoured American actor, singer, dancer and diplomat “Little Miss Miracle” Shirley Temple with an animated doodle.

It was on this day in 2015 that the Santa Monica History Museum opened “Love, Shirley Temple”, an exhibit featuring a collection of her rare memorabilia.

“Not only did Temple help millions of Americans through the hardships of the Great Depression as Hollywood’s top box office draw, but she also later shared her charisma with the world through her work in international relations,” Google said.

Shirley Jane Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. She began taking dancing classes at the early age of three. Her signature dimples, blonde ringlet curls and strong work ethic grabbed the attention of people after she appeared in the 1934 toe-tapping musical “Stand Up And Cheer.”

Temple created waves as “Junior Miss”, a 1942 radio sitcom about a teenage girl growing up in New York City. She continued her acting career throughout her teenage years and she retired from the movie industry as a Hollywood icon at the age of 22.

In 1969, Temple was appointed as a representative of the US to the United Nations.

To recognise her diplomatic achievements, including an ambassadorship to Ghana and becoming the first female Chief of Protocol to the State Department, Temple was appointed an Honorary Foreign Service Officer in 1988.

In 2006, the Screen Actors Guild presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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