Shirley Temple Black, the dimpled, curly haired child star turned diplomat, will observe her 60th birthday on Saturday by cooking dinner at her mansion and celebrating her soon-to-be-released autobiography.
"I had 19 years in the film industry and 19 years in government service, so I've had equal careers at the moment," said Black, speaking from the Tudor-style home south of San Francisco where she has lived for 27 years.By age 5, the world adored Shirley Jane Temple, the moppet whose 35 films, including "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," "Curly Top" and "Poor Little Rich Girl," bolstered the spirits of Depression-era audiences.
She won an Oscar at age 6, retired at 12 with millions and by 22 married Charles A. Black, son of the former head of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and settled down as a suburban housewife.
Black, a former ambassador to Ghana, flies to Washington, D.C., once a month to serve as vice president of the American Academy of Diplomacy along with former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig.