After winning an honorary Academy Award at the age of 6 and earning $3 million before puberty, Shirley Temple grew up to be a level-headed adult. When her cancerous left breast was removed in 1972, at a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a news conference in her hospital room to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.” She is widely credited with helping to make it acceptable to talk about breast cancer.
A statement released by her family said, “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black.”
lots of lollipops:
What an adorable photo! A lot of people don’t like Shirley because she’s such a “goody two-shoes”, but I think she’s fabulous. Truly a remarkable talent as a child, and became a remarkable woman, too, with serving her country and surviving cancer.
The world feels a little less happy today.
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