Google on Wednesday honoured American actor, singer, dancer and diplomat 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.

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

Ten things to know about the Hollywood icon

  • Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in California
  • She was a diplomat, an award-winning actor, and a young dancing girl who joined dance class at the age of three.
  • She was already a star even before the age of 10.
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  • Shirley starred in a dozen films in 1934 alone, including “Bright eyes”.
  • She was immensely talented and her signature dimples, blonde ringlet curls, and strong work ethic landed her in several movies and musicals including ‘Stand up and Cheer’.
  • She was the first American child star to receive an Academy Award at the age of six.
  • At the age of 22, she took retirement from the Hollywood industry as an Icon.
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  • She also narrated the eponymous ‘Shirley Temple’s storybook’ which is a television series for children.
  • Temple was appointed as a representative of the US to the United Nations in 1969.
  • In 2006, Temple received the highest honour of the Screen Actors Guild with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • She died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014, in California.

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