SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK #100travelHERS
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Birth: April 23, 1928; Santa Monica, California
Death: February 10, 2014; Woodside, California
Occupation: Child actor, diplomat, U.S. ambassador
Notable journeys: Was in Prague during the Soviet invasion in 1968 and witnessed civilians killed in the street, one of several experiences that motivated her to pursue a formal diplomatic career. Appointed U.S. ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and later named ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989, making her the first female American to hold that post.
Notable work: Influential in several pro-democracy initiatives.
Quote: “The greatest challenge in the political arena is to maintain a sense of humor. Diplomacy is the art of persuasion.”