Shirley Temple: Google Doodle Marks Legacy of ‘Little Miss Miracle’


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Shirley Temple: Google Doodle Marks Legacy of 'Little Miss Miracle'

The actor, singer, dancer, activist and international ambassador is best known for “On The Good Ship Lollipop”


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The Google Doodle for June 9 marks the life and legacy of Shirley Temple

The Google Doodle for June 9 marks the life and legacy of America’s most famous child star turned international ambassador.

On this day in 2015, the Santa Monica History Museum opened a special exhibit of rare Shirly Temple memorabilia in the actor’s hometown.

The opening came just over a year after her death in 2014 at the age of 85.

Born in Santa Monica, California, in 1928, when the Great Depression gripped the country, she became a symbol of hope for struggling Americans.

Or as President Franklin D. Roosevelt christened her, “Little Miss Miracle.”

“As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we’ll be fine,” he once said.

“If people’s minds are lower than at any other time during this depression, it’s great that for just 15 cents an American can go to a movie and look at a baby’s smiling face and forget about their problems.”

She was best known for films such as 1934’s Little Miss Marker, Stand up, and cheers and Clear eyes, better known for her “Good Ship Lollipop”.

After starring in dozens of films, she retired from Hollywood at age 22 before entering politics. In 1969 she was appointed as a US representative to the United Nations. She was ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989

Her granddaughter, Teresa Caltabiano, wrote a tribute to that legacy for the Google Doodle, saying that her “movie world” experience during the Depression and World War II sparked a lifelong fascination with people and the world around her.

“If you’ve seen a Shirley Temple movie, you’ve kind of got to know who she was as a person,” Ms Caltabino wrote.

“The feisty heroines she played who loved their families and wanted to make the world a better and happier place were a reflection of her genuine character.”

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The Google Doodle for June 9 marks the life and legacy of Shirley Temple

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