Shirley Temple


Shirley Temple never received royalties for the eponymous drink of ginger ale and grenadine, which she reportedly hated but was obligated to cheerfully drink.

Child actress Shirley Temple with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in July, 1938. Temple also met with Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and J. Edgar Hoover.

First Lady Pat Nixon with United Nations delegate Shirley Temple Black in the Aburi Botanical Gardens in Abura Ghana, January 6th, 1972, together with Chief Nana Osae Djan II, Ohene of Abuir and Adontenhene of Akwapim.

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In 1998 President Clinton said of Shirley Temple at the Kennedy Center Honors:

"She did a masterful job as ambassador, from Ghana to Czechoslovakia, where she made common cause with Vaclav Havel in the final, decisive days of the Cold War. In fact, she has to be the only person who both saved an entire movie studio from failure and contributed to the fall of communism. From her childhood to the present day, Shirley has always been an ambassador for what is best about America.”

A later ambassador to the now Czech Republic, Norman Eisen, said “she was most famous as an actress for her sunny confidence and optimism, and she really infused the United States’ role—as our representative here, in the Velvet Revolution—with that good cheer and that hope.” Black ended her time in Czechoslovakia just as the country was splitting into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992.