Shirley Temple Exercised Surprising Political Star Power, Too

Shirley Temple died Monday night in California, reviving vivid memories of a performer so beloved she was bestowed with an honorary Oscar at the age of only 6.

But overshadowing her iconic screen moments were some of her off-camera achievements – as diplomat and political activist.

Her role in life began when, as a child star, Temple emerged as an unexpected symbol of hope for a nation in despair.