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Featured Article: Shirley Temple

16-year-old Temple in 1944 in Ottawa, Canada
Shirley Temple Black (née Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. Film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22.

Following her Hollywood career she spent a brief time in television but then moved on from acting. She entered politics and became a diplomat with an appointment to represent the United States at a session of the United Nations General Assembly, and then serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States. She also sat on the boards of many corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation.

Temple was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She remains an inspirational cinematic legend, beloved by the public for her brilliant performances when just a child. Unlike many Hollywood child stars who lost their way, Temple retained her dignity and went on to serve her country both at home and abroad for many years.

Popular Article: Leopard

African Leopard in Serengeti, Tanzania
The leopard (Panthera pardus) is an Old World mammal of the Felidae family and one of the four "big cats" in the Panthera genus, along with the tiger (P. tigris), the lion (P. leo), and the jaguar (P. onca). The leopard is the fourth largest cat in the world, after the tiger, lion, and jaguar.

Leopards are either light colored (pale yellow to deep gold or tawny) with black rosettes or with black fur. The melanistic leopards, which are either all-black or very dark in coloration, are known as black panthers.

The leopard is the most widely distributed of the big cats, being mainly found in most of sub-Saharan Africa and in south Asia, and including fragmented populations in North Africa, the Middle East, India, Indochina, Malaysia, and western China. It was once distributed across southern Eurasia and Africa from Korea to South Africa and Spain, but it has disappeared from much of its former range.