Shirley Temple's Life and Political Career

Shirley Temple's Life Got Even More Interesting After the Movies

In 1998, Shirley was given one of the top honors in the entertainment world — a Kennedy Center Honor — for her work in film. In 2005, Shirley received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which marked one of her final Hollywood appearances before her death. During her time at the SAGs, Shirley got to meet another rising young star, Dakota Fanning.
It's unsurprising that Shirley remained a lifelong Republican until her passing. Despite retiring from political life in 1992, she remained active in the fundraising world in California and hosted star-studded fundraising events for President George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 1999.

Shirley Temple passed away on Monday at the age of 85, and while she will perhaps be best remembered for being a child star in the 1930s, the actress actually had an impressive career as a politician after she retired from films in 1950. We're celebrating the legendary actress's life by taking a look at what she accomplished after the spotlight had shifted away from her and she decided to give up movies.


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