A child movie star who grew up to be an ambassador and one of the first blacks to star on prime-time television were named today as recipients of the 21st annual Kennedy Center honors.

Selected with Shirley Temple Black and Bill Cosby were popular musicians Willie Nelson, John Kander and Fred Ebb and classical director Andre Previn.James A. Johnson, chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, said they are being honored "for the unique and invaluable contribution they have made to the cultural life of our nation,"

The honors will be formally presented at the White House Dec. 6.