Shirley Temple Black, From Child Star To Diplomat
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
We're going to take a few minutes now to remember Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at the age of 85. As a child actor during the Great Depression, Shirley Temple became a superstar and a millionaire. But she retired from acting at 22, and few child stars have had a more remarkable second act.
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
President Nixon appointed her a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly in 1969. In the mid-1970s, she was appointed U.S. ambassador to Ghana and in 1989, President George H.W. Bush named her ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
SIEGEL: Black took the work seriously. In this 1986 interview, she told NPR's Scott Simon that her passion for diplomacy began when she was young.
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BLOCK: But she did.
: Oh, she did. Oh, she did, when it required a bit of acting. Who knows? But maybe that helped her.
BLOCK: Well, Mr. Gati, thanks for sharing your memories of Shirley Temple Black with us.
: OK, my pleasure. Thank you.
BLOCK: That's former State Department adviser Charles Gati, talking about working with Shirley Temple Black, after she had been named ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Shirley Temple Black died yesterday at age 85.
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