Very sad news. Shirley Temple, child star and legend has passed away at 85 at her home in California of natural causes.
She retired from acting at 21 but reappeared in the public eye when Richard Nixon appointed her as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly before President Ford named her the US ambassador to Ghana in 1974.
In 1989, she was made the US ambassador to Czechoslovakia shortly before the fall of the country’s Communist regime.
She considered her background in entertainment an asset to her political career. “Politicians are actors too, don’t you think?” she once said.
"She was surrounded by her family and caregivers," a family statement said.