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Shirley Temple remembered as she passes away

Anyone familiar with the classic songs “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and “When I Grow Up” can remember the charm and cuteness that Shirley Temple brought to movie audiences throughout the Great Depression. Temple was reportedly a number one draw at the box office for three years in a row in the 1930’s as her films “Curly Top”, “The Little Colonel”, and “Bright Eyes” became classic stories of song and charm.

Shirley Temple passed away yesterday at the age of 85. She was best known for being a pint-sized ray of sunshine on the movie screen and her popularity spilled over into an era of pop culture that still is referenced today. Anyone who enjoys a Shirley Temple drink today or styles their hair in curls passes on her popularity. 

Aside from her movie roles, Temple also had a career in politics. She served as the U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and she served as the Chief of Protocol for the U.S. in President Jimmy Carter’s administration.

No details have been released about her estate plan or how she intended to pass on her fortune. However, it should serve as a reminder that our elders should have an estate plan in place to deal with their eventual passing. Indeed, the question of where things should go after one passes may be a morbid topic, but it can also be couched in terms of how one would like to be remembered, or how a legacy should be passed on to others. 

Source: ABC “Shirley Temple dead at 85,” Feb. 11, 2014

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