Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Birthday Special: Shirley Temple

Political ambitions and business ventures

George Bush and Shirley Temple Black (© AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
  • Shirley Temple with Shirley Temple dolls, 1958 (© AP)
  • Breast cancer (© AP)
  • George Bush and Shirley Temple Black (© AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
  • Shirley Temple Black (© Reuters)
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In the 1960s Temple Black became active in the Republican Party and, in 1967, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1974 to 1976 she was U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and from 1989 to 1992 she was U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. In 1976 she was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States and was in charge of arrangements for President Carter’s inauguration and inaugural ball.

She is pictured above in 1999 with then Texas Governor George W. Bush at a fund-raising luncheon in Redwood City, California.

Temple Black has also served on many boards of directors of organisations including the Walt Disney Company, Del Monte, Bank of America, the United Nations Association, and the National Wildlife Federation.

In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star.