updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 02/11/2014 AT 12:45 PM ET
At 44, Temple found a lump in her breast. “I wasn’t really worried,” she told PEOPLE in a 1998 cover story. “I don’t know why.”
Then working as a special assistant to the chairman of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, she postponed the biopsy and instead headed to the Soviet Union for six weeks of government talks.