Former President George H.W. Bush is saluting Shirley Temple not just for her acting work, but for her service as an ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Bush appointed Temple ambassador to the Eastern European country, where she served from 1989 to 1992.
Temple died Monday night at 85.
Bush said in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Barbara, mourned Temple's death and lauded her lifetime accomplishments.
He says that in both acting and as an ambassador, Temple "truly lifted people up and earned not only a place in our hearts — but also our enduring respect."
Below is Bush's complete statement:
"Barbara and I mourn the loss of an American icon, Shirley Temple Black. She captured the affections of millions around the world by her endearing performances on the silver screen as a young girl, but I also admired Shirley for her selfless service to our country later in her life. In both roles, she truly lifted people up and earned not only a place in our hearts -- but also our enduring respect. Barbara and I send our condolences to Shirley's family and countless fans around the world."