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11 Photos of Shirley Temple After Her Big-Screen Career

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Many of us can recall seeing Shirley Temple strut across our TV screens singing “Animal Crackers in My Soup,” yet fewer of us remember Shirley Temple as an adult. The beloved child star retired from acting in 1950 at the ripe old age of 22, starting a new chapter in her career. Many actors and actresses fade into obscurity after a few box office flops, but not Shirley Temple. 

From 1958 to 1961, Temple hosted her own show, Shirley Temple’s Storybook, which adapted famous fairytales and fables for the small screen. In the late 60s, Temple revealed her political ambitions, running for a vacant seat during a special election. She didn’t win, but Temple found another way to be a part of government, eventually becoming a US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. 

Beyond her film, TV, and political achievements, Temple was a doting mother and a fabulous cook. “My mother would say that her family was her biggest accomplishment,” her son Charles said. “She loved to invite people over. She would say, ‘Come by my house and I’ll make you leg of lamb.’ She made a beautiful lamb and was famous for her mashed potatoes,” her daughter Susan revealed. 

To learn more about Temple’s fascinating adult life, take a look at these nostalgic photos of the actress.

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