SAG salutes Black

Thesp to receive lifetime achievement kudos

The Screen Actors Guild has tapped Shirley Temple Black to receive the lifetime achievement award at its 12th annual kudocast Jan. 29.

The kudos, given annually to someone who fosters “the finest ideals of the acting profession,” will recognize her career and humanitarian record.

Reached Monday, Black was pleased with the recognition and said she plans to attend the ceremony.

“I am not quite myself yet,” Black said referring to the Aug. 4 death of Charles Black, her husband of 55 years.

Black is completing her second book (still untitled). It begins in Prague in 1968 when she asks the Czech government to join the Intl. Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, an org she co-founded in 1952 to assist her brother George.

Her first book, “Child Star,” chronicles the start of her unequaled career.

Black made her bigscreen debut at age 3 in 1932’s “What’s to Do?” Two years later she was a star, appearing in 10 pics in a single year. By 1935, the 6-year-old was recognized with a Juvenile Academy Award, making her the youngest actor to receive an Oscar, a distinction that still holds.

In 1969, Temple’s civic work was recognized in an official capacity, as President Nixon appointed her a delegate to the 24th U.N. General Assembly. In 1974, President Ford tapped her U.S. ambassador to Ghana, and she has served in numerous other posts.

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