Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine

Infobox Actor
birthname = Shirley MacLean Beaty
birthdate = birth date and age|1934|4|24
birthplace = Richmond, Virginia, United States

imagesize = 150px
caption = MacLaine at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival being interviewed by Access Hollywood, photo by Tony Shek
occupation = Actress
yearsactive = 1955-present
spouse = Steve Parker
academyawards = Best Actress
1983 "Terms of Endearment"
emmyawards = Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music
1976 "Gypsy in My Soul"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1961 "The Apartment"
1964 "Irma la Douce"
Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1984 "Terms of Endearment"
1989 "Madame Sousatzka"
Most Promising Newcomer - Female
1955 "The Trouble With Harry"

Cecil B. DeMille Award
1998 Lifetime Achievement
baftaawards = Best Actress in a Leading Role
1960 "Ask Any Girl"
1961 "The Apartment"
awards = Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress
1959 "Ask Any Girl"
1971 "Desperate Characters"
Honorary Golden Berlin Bear
1999 Lifetime Achievement
NBR Award for Best Actress
1983 "Terms of Endearment"
NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1983 "Terms of Endearment"
Volpi Cup for Best Actress
1960 "The Apartment"
1988 "Madame Sousatzka"

Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an American Academy Award-winning film and theater actress, well-known not only for her acting, but also now for her beliefs in new age spirituality and reincarnation. She is also the writer of a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career. She is the older sister of Warren Beatty.


Early life

Named after Shirley Temple, MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, [ [ New England Historic Genealogical Society ] ] was a professor of psychology, public school administrator and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a Nova Scotia-born drama teacher; her grandparents were also teachers. The family was devoutly Baptist. [ [ The religion of Warren Beatty, actor, director ] ] [ [ Actor Warren Beatty gives public-policy graduates — and Gov. Schwarzenegger — some advice on power ] ] MacLaine's father moved the family from Richmond to Norfolk, Virginia and then to Arlington, Virginia while she was still a child, then to Waverly, Virginia between 1932-1936, eventually taking a position at Arlington's Jefferson Middle School. The Beaty family lived in a house in the Western part of the county off Wilson Boulevard where it was said that Shirley and brother, Warren, were known around their neighborhood as troublemakers in their pre-adolescent days.

Her early childhood dream was to be a ballerina. She took ballet fervently all throughout her youth and never missed one class, and whenever they performed a piece, she would play the boy's role, due to being the tallest one there. She was so determined and so set on being a dancer that her recurring childhood nightmare was that she missed the bus to class. She finally got to play a respectable woman's role, the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella," and while warming up backstage, she snapped her ankle. Many would bow out in this particular situation, but she was so determined that she simply tied the ankle ribbon on her toe shoes extra tight and went "on with the show." After it was over, she called for an ambulance.

Eventually, MacLaine decided that professional ballet was not for her. She said that she did not really have the right body type and that she did not want to starve herself. Also, her feet were not good enough (she did not have really high arches and insteps). Nor was she of "exquisite beauty." At that point, she decided to switch her focus to acting. She attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was on the cheerleading squad and acted in the school's productions. The summer before her senior year, she went to New York to try acting on Broadway with some success. After she graduated, she went back and within a year she achieved her goal of becoming a star when she became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in "The Pajama Game"; Haney broke her ankle, and MacLaine replaced her.

A few months after, with Haney still out of commission, director-producer Hal B. Wallis was in the audience, took note of MacLaine, and signed her to go to Hollywood to work for Paramount Pictures. She would later sue Wallis over a contractual dispute, a suit that is credited with having ended the old-style studio system of actor management. ["Hanrihan v. Parker", 19 Misc. 2d 467, 469 (N.Y. Misc. 1959)]


Her first film was the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Trouble with Harry" in 1955, which won her the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress. In 1958, she took part in "Hot Spell" and "Around the World in Eighty Days". At the same time, she starred in "Some Came Running"; this film gave her her first Academy Award nomination - one of the film's five Oscar nods - and a Golden Globe nomination. She also starred in a lesser known film called "The Children's Hour" also starring Audrey Hepburn, based on the play by Lillian Hellman. She got her second nomination two years later for "The Apartment", starring with Jack Lemmon. The film won 5 Oscars, including Best Director for Billy Wilder. She was nominated for "Irma la Douce" (1963), once again reunited with Wilder and Lemmon. In 1975, she received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature for her documentary film "". Two years later, she was once again nominated for "The Turning Point", along with co-star Anne Bancroft. In 1983 she won her first Oscar for "Terms of Endearment". The film won five Oscars; one for Jack Nicholson and three for director James L. Brooks. She went on to star in other major films, like "Steel Magnolias" with Julia Roberts. She made her feature-film directorial debut in the quirky film "Bruno," written by then new-comer David Ciminello in his Disney-Meets-David Lynch style. MacLaine starred as Helen in this film, which was released to video under the title "The Dress Code". In 2007 she completed "Closing the Ring", directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer.

MacLaine is also set to star in Poor Things, a drama. The production has been delayed due to Lindsay Lohan's stint in rehab.

As of 2004, she is the only actress to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) without getting an Oscar nomination for the same performance, for "Madame Sousatzka" (1988).

MacLaine has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1615 Vine Street.

Personal life

MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker until they divorced in 1982. They had a daughter, Sachi Parker (born 1956).

MacLaine's interest in spirituality is very strong and long-lived. Many of her best-selling books, such as "Out on a Limb" and "Dancing in the Light" have it as their central theme. Her beliefs have compelled her to explore herself and the world. This includes walking El Camino de Santiago and working with Chris Griscom. Fact|date=March 2008

MacLaine found her way into many law school casebooks when she sued Twentieth Century-Fox for breach of contract. She was to play a role in a film titled "Bloomer Girl", but the production was cancelled.

Twentieth Century-Fox offered her a role in another film, "Big Country, Big Man", in hope of getting out of its contractual obligation to pay her for the cancelled film. MacLaine's refusal led to an appeal by Twentieth Century-Fox to the Supreme Court of California in 1970, where the Court ruled against Fox. "Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.", 474 P.2d 689 (Cal. 1970).

She shares a birthday with Barbra Streisand which they celebrate together every year.Fact|date=March 2008 She now lives in northern New Mexico.


TV work

* "Shirley's World" (1971 – 1972) and a 1977 one hour special.
* "Where Do We Go From Here?" (1978) Winner of the Rose D'Or
* "Out on a Limb" (1987)


* "Don't Fall Off the Mountain" (1970)
* "McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs" (1972)
* "You Can Get There from Here" (1975)
* "Out on a Limb" (1983)
* "Dancing in the Light" (1986)
* "It's All in the Playing" (1988)
* "Going Within: A Guide for Inner Transformation" (1989)
* "Dance While You Can" (1991)
* "My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir" (1995)
* "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit" (2000)
* "Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love" (2003)
* "Sage-ing While Age-ing" (2007)


External links

* [ Shirley's Official Website]
* [ Shirley MacLaine interviewed by Ginny Dougary] (2005)

succession box
title = BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
years = 1959
for "Ask Any Girl"
for "The Apartment"
before= Simone Signoret
for "Room at the Top"
after = Sophia Loren
for "Two Women"
succession box
title = Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
years = 1960
for "The Apartment"
before= Marilyn Monroe
for "Some Like It Hot"
after = Rosalind Russell
for "A Majority of One"
succession box
title = Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
years = 1963
for "Irma la Douce"
before= Rosalind Russell
for "Gypsy"
after = Julie Andrews
for "Mary Poppins"
succession box
title = NYFCC Award for Best Actress
years = 1983
for" Terms of Endearment"
before= Meryl Streep
for "Sophie's Choice
after = Peggy Ashcroft
for "A Passage to India"
succession box
title=Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
for "Terms of Endearment"
before=Meryl Streep
for "Sophie's Choice"
after=Sally Field
for "Places in the Heart"
succession box
title=Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
for "Madame Sousatzka"
before=Sally Kirkland
for "Anna"
after=Michelle Pfeiffer
for "The Fabulous Baker Boys"
succession box
title = Cecil B. DeMille Award
years = 1998
before= Dustin Hoffman
after = Jack Nicholson

NAME= MacLaine, Shirley
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Beaty, Shirley MacLean
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress
DATE OF BIRTH= April 24, 1934
PLACE OF BIRTH= Richmond, Virginia, United States

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