Shirley Temple, 1928-2014 | PHOTOS, VIDEO

Actress and political activist Shirley Temple has died in her California home at age 85, media outlets have reported.

Temple started acting at age three and soon became one of the most recognisable child actors in the world.

She appeared in more than 50 films, including Poor Little Rich GirlThe Littlest Rebel (1936), Heidi (1937), Little Miss Broadway (1938), The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1946), Fort Apache (1948) and The Story of Seabiscuit (1949).  

Shirley Temple, 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a grass skirt and plays a ukulele in a promotional portrait for the musical 'Captain January' in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a grass skirt and plays a ukulele in a promotional portrait for the musical 'Captain January' in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, 1935. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, 1935. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, circa 1944. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple, circa 1944. Picture: Getty Images

 Shirley Temple reading some of her fanmail in 1943. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple reading some of her fanmail in 1943. Picture: Getty Images

In 1944, Shirley Temple, 17, married Sgt John Agar Jnr, an army aviation engineer, in a Wiltshire Methodist church. Picture: Getty Images

In 1944, Shirley Temple, 17, married Sgt John Agar Jnr, an army aviation engineer, in a Wiltshire Methodist church. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple accepts the Life Achievement Award from presenter Jamie Lee Curtis onstage during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple accepts the Life Achievement Award from presenter Jamie Lee Curtis onstage during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple speaks in front of a poster of Richard Nixon at a Republican Party election press conference at the Cafe Royal in London in September 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple speaks in front of a poster of Richard Nixon at a Republican Party election press conference at the Cafe Royal in London in September 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple in Rome in 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple in Rome in 1968. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple sitting by her Christmas tree with presents from 20th Century Fox and a decorated Christmas tree in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple sitting by her Christmas tree with presents from 20th Century Fox and a decorated Christmas tree in 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a fairy godmother costume in a promotional portrait for her television series of dramatized fairy tales, 'Shirley Temple's Storybook'. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple wears a fairy godmother costume in a promotional portrait for her television series of dramatized fairy tales, 'Shirley Temple's Storybook'. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her first husband John Agar play with their infant daughter, Linda Susan, in the living room of their home in 1948. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her first husband John Agar play with their infant daughter, Linda Susan, in the living room of their home in 1948. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple on set circa 1936. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple on set circa 1936. Picture: Getty Images

The trademark curls of Shirley Temple. Picture: Getty Images

The trademark curls of Shirley Temple. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her daughter Lori in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her daughter Lori in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her son Charles in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple at home in Atherton, California, with her son Charles in 1957. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her second husband, Charles Black, pose together at the premiere of  'Roman Holiday' in 1953.  Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple and her second husband, Charles Black, pose together at the premiere of 'Roman Holiday' in 1953. Picture: Getty Images

Then-President Bill Clinton and wife Hilary applaud Shirley Temple, a recipient of one of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. Picture: Getty Images

Then-President Bill Clinton and wife Hilary applaud Shirley Temple, a recipient of one of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. Picture: Getty Images

A Christmas card or promotional portrait of child actress Shirley Temple in the 1930s. Picture: Getty Images

A Christmas card or promotional portrait of child actress Shirley Temple in the 1930s. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images

Shirley Temple was presented with a Life Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006. Picture: Getty Images