Shirley Temple: Google pays homage to the Hollywood star with a Doodle
Actress, singer, dancer and diplomat Shirley Temple is the subject of a dancing Google Doodle, visible in the Americas, Europe and India on Wednesday.
While this does not mark the Hollywood star’s birthday (April 23, 1928) or the anniversary of her death (February 10, 2014), on that day in 2015, the Santa Monica History Museum opened Love, Shirley Temple, a special exhibit featuring a collection of his rare memorabilia, according to Google.
Temple’s family were involved in the Google Project, and her granddaughter, Teresa Caltabiano, shared her thoughts on her grandmother’s legacy for the occasion.
“If you’ve seen a Shirley Temple movie, you’ve in a sense learned who she is as a person,” she said. “The fiery 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.”
Caltabiano describes her as “brilliant and very intuitive”, with a “long-standing fascination with people and the real world around her”.
“At the heart of it all was her family. We were fortunate to know her, her love, her courage and her strength. She is still deeply loved and truly missed, and we cherish our memories of her.”
The life and career of Shirley Temple
Temple was born in Santa Monica, California, and landed her first major role in 1934, in the musical Stand up and applaud!, although she had honed her skills in class and on smaller projects since the age of 3.
With her dimples and blonde curls, she has become one of the most beloved and recognized child stars of the 1930s, if not all time.
In 1934, Temple starred in 12 films, including Sparkling eyes, in which she plays the famous On the right lollipop boat routine.
The following year, she became the first child star to win an Oscar, at the age of 6, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to on-screen entertainment in 1934.
In 1942, she appeared on the radio as a sitcom star Miss junior, then at 22, she retired from the film industry.
She later became known for her public service and environmental commitment, when she was appointed United States Representative to the UN in 1969. She also served as Ambassador to Ghana and the Czech Republic and became the first female chief of protocol to the US state. Ministry, as well as Honorary Foreign Service Officer in 1988.
In 2006, the Screen Actors Guild awarded Temple its Lifetime Achievement Award. She also has, of course, her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1950, she married businessman Charles Black, after which she was known as Shirley Temple Black.
In 1972, Temple was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44, resulting in a mastectomy, and became an advocate for the disease.
At the age of 85, Temple died at her home in Woodside, California, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to her death certificate, as recounted in her biography of Chris Dicker.
Take a look at the photo gallery below to see some Google Doodles for the Middle East and North Africa: