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Shirley MacLaine at the 2011 Deauville Film Festival
|Born||Shirley MacLean Beaty
April 24, 1934
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Washington-Lee High School|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, author, activist|
|Spouse||Steve Parker (m. 1954-1982; divorced)|
|Family||Warren Beatty (brother)|
Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won the "Best Actress" Golden Globe 4 times, first for The Apartment. She was nominated for an Academy Award five times before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 for her role in Terms of Endearment. Her younger brother is Warren Beatty.
She is well known for her beliefs in New Age spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career.
Named after Shirley Temple, Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a drama teacher originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; MacLaine's grandparents were also teachers.The family was devoutly Baptist. Her uncle (her mother's brother-in-law) was A.A. MacLeod, a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the 1940s. While she was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington, Virginia and Waverly, eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School.
She had very weak ankles as a child, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like "Romeo & Juliet" and "Sleeping Beauty," she always played the boys' roles, being the tallest in the class, due to the absence of males in the class. She got to play a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in "Cinderella." While warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but proceeded to dance the role all the way through. MacLaine ultimately decided that professional ballet wasn't for her because she had grown too tall, was not good enough to make it a career, and didn't have the requisite "beautifully constructed feet" (high arches, high insteps). She also found ballet too limiting. After leaving ballet, she pursued dancing and 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 was in New York to try acting on Broadway with some success. After she graduated, she returned and within a year 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, film producer Hal B. Wallis was in the audience, took note of MacLaine, and signed her to work for Paramount Pictures. She later sued Wallis over a contractual dispute, a suit that has been credited with ending the old-style studio star system of actor management.
MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress. In 1956, she had roles in Hot Spell and Around the World in 80 Days. At the same time she starred in Some Came Running, the film that gave her first Academy Award nomination - one of five that the film received - and a Golden Globe nomination.
Her second nomination came two years later for The Apartment, starring with Jack Lemmon. The film won five Oscars, including Best Director for Billy Wilder. She later said, "I thought I would win for The Apartment, but then Elizabeth Taylor had a tracheotomy". She starred in The Children's Hour (1961) also starring Audrey Hepburn and James Garner, based on the play by Lillian Hellman and directed by William Wyler (Ben-Hur (1959 film)). She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce (1963), which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon. Don Siegel, her director on Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) said of her: "It's hard to feel any great warmth to her. She's too unfeminine and has too much balls. She's very, very hard."
In 1975, she received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature for her documentary film The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir. Two years later, she was once again nominated for The Turning Point co-starring Anne Bancroft, in which she portrayed a retired ballerina much like herself. In 1978, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. In 1980, she starred in A Change of Seasons alongside Anthony Hopkins. The pair famously didn't get along and Hopkins said “she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with." In 1983, she won an Oscar for Terms of Endearment. The film won another four Oscars; one for Jack Nicholson and three for director James L. Brooks. In 1988, MacLaine won a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for Madame Sousatzka.
She continued to star in major films, such as Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts and many other stars. She made her feature-film directorial debut in Bruno, MacLaine starred as Helen in this film, which was released to video as The Dress Code. In 2007, she completed Closing the Ring, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer. Other notable films in which MacLaine has starred include Sweet Charity (1968), Being There (1979) with Peter Sellers, Postcards from the Edge (1990) with actress Meryl Streep, playing a fictionalized version of Debbie Reynolds with a screenplay by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher, Used People with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, Guarding Tess (1994) with Nicolas Cage, Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), with actress and talk show host, Ricki Lake and actor Brendan Fraser, Rumor Has It… (2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston and In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.
MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb, The Salem Witch Trials, These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins, and Coco, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel. She also had a short-lived sitcom called Shirley's World. She will be appearing in the third series of the British drama Downton Abbey as Martha Levinson, mother to Cora, Countess of Grantham.
MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker until they divorced in 1982. In April 2011 while promoting her new book, “I'm Over All That”, she told Oprah Winfrey that she had an open relationship with her husband. They had a daughter, Sachi Parker (born 1956). Shirley shares a birthday (April 24) with her good friend, Barbra Streisand, and they traditionally spend it together each year.
MacLaine has a strong and enduring interest in spirituality and metaphysics. Many of her best-selling books, such as Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light, have it as their central theme. Her interests have led her to such forms of spiritual exploration as walking El Camino de Santiago, working with Chris Griscom, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.
Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has made its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks's 1991 romantic comedy Defending Your Life, the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the "Past Lives Pavilion." In 1990's Postcards from the Edge (with a screenplay by Carrie Fisher), MacLaine, playing a character loosely based on Debbie Reynolds, sings a special version of "I'm Still Here", with customized lyrics created especially for her by composer Stephen Sondheim. One of the lyrics was changed to "I'm feeling transcendental--am I here?" In the 2001 made-for-television movie These Old Broads - written by Reynolds's daughter - starring MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor and Carrie Fisher, MacLaine's character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.
MacLaine has such a serious interest in UFOs that she has given numerous interviews on CNN, NBC and Fox news channels on the subject through 2007-2008. In her 2007 released book "Sage-ing While Age-ing" she mentioned her alien encounters and witnessing of Washington DC UFO incidents in 1950s.
MacLaine found her way into the law books 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 canceled. Twentieth Century-Fox offered her a role in another film, Big Country, Big Man, to avoid its contractual obligation to pay her for the canceled film. MacLaine's refusal led to a suit appealed by Twentieth Century-Fox to the Supreme Court of California in 1970, where the Court ruled against Fox, calling the studio's alternate role offer "different or inferior" employment. Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 474 P.2d 689 (Cal. 1970).
With her younger brother, Warren Beatty, MacLaine used her celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's campaign for president in 1972. That year, she authored the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs.
|1955||The Trouble with Harry||Jennifer Rogers||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress|
|1955||Artists and Models||Bessie Sparrowbrush|
|1956||Around the World in 80 Days||Princess Aouda|
|1958||Some Came Running||Ginnie Moorehead||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
|1958||The Sheepman||Dell Payton|
|1958||Hot Spell||Virginia Duval|
|1958||The Matchmaker||Irene Molloy|
|1958||Ask Any Girl||Meg Wheeler||BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|1960||Ocean's 11||Tipsy girl||uncredited cameo|
|1960||The Apartment||Fran Kubelik||BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
|1961||The Children's Hour||Martha Dobie||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|1961||All in a Night's Work||Katie Robbins|
|1961||Two Loves||Anna Vorontosov|
|1962||Two for the Seesaw||Gittel Mosca|
|1962||My Geisha||Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori|
|1963||Irma la Douce||Irma la Douce||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
|1964||The Yellow Rolls-Royce||Mae Jenkins|
|1964||What a Way to Go!||Louisa May Foster||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress|
|1965||John Goldfarb, Please Come Home||Jenny Erichson|
|1966||Gambit||Nicole Chang||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1967||Woman Times Seven||Paulette/Maria Teresa/Linda/Edith/Eve Minou/Marie/Jeanne||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1968||The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom||Harriet Blossom|
|1969||Sweet Charity||Charity Hope Valentine||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1970||Two Mules for Sister Sara||Sara|
|1971||Desperate Characters||Sophie Bentwood||Silver Bear for Best Actress|
|1972||The Possession of Joel Delaney||Norah Benson|
|1975||The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir||Herself||Documentary; writer, direct, producer
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary
|1977||The Turning Point||Deedee Rodgers||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress|
|1979||Being There||Eve Rand||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|1980||A Change of Seasons||Karyn Evans|
|1983||Terms of Endearment||Aurora Greenway||Academy Award for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Veronica|
|1987||Out on a Limb||Herself||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film|
|1988||Madame Sousatzka||Madame Yuvline Sousatzka||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (tied with Jodie Foster and Sigourney Weaver)
|1989||Steel Magnolias||Ouiser Boudreaux||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1990||Postcards from the Edge||Doris Mann||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|1990||Waiting for the Light||Aunt Zena|
|1991||Defending Your Life||"Past Lives Pavilion" host|
|1992||Used People||Pearl Berman||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1993||Wrestling Ernest Hemingway||Helen Cooney|
|1994||Guarding Tess||Tess Carlisle||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1995||The West Side Waltz||Margaret Mary Elderdice|
|1996||The Evening Star||Aurora Greenway|
|1996||Mrs. Winterbourne||Grace Winterbourne||Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Martha||uncredited|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Madame de Beaurevoir|
|2000||Bruno||Helen||Directed by Shirley MacLaine|
|2001||These Old Broads||Kate Westbourne|
|2002||Salem Witch Trials||Rebecca Nurse|
|2002||Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay||Mary Kay||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film|
|2003||Carolina||Grandma Millicent Mirabeau|
|2005||Rumor Has It…||Katharine Richelieu|
|2005||In Her Shoes||Ella Hirsch||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
|2007||Closing the Ring||Ethel Ann|
|2008||Coco Chanel||Coco Chanel||Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2008||Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning||Amelia Thomas|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Estelle Paddington|
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