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RIP Shirley Temple: Actress, Diplomat and Women's Health Advocate

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Shirley Temple Black, the iconic actress who sang and tap-danced her way into the hearts of American families, has passed. In addition to her worldwide fame as an actress, she served as a diplomat to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and made a major contribution to women’s health. In 1972, in a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a press conference to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women to discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.”

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