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Shirley MacLaine is an American film and theatre actress, dance, singer, activist and author

InformationDetail
BirthdayApril 24, 1934
NationalityAmerican
FamousChild Prodigies, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
Nick namesPowerhouse
SpousesSteve Parker (m. 1954–1982)
SiblingsWarren Beatty
Known asShirley MacLaine
Childrens Sachi Parker
Universities
  • Washington-Lee High School
Birth PlaceRichmond
ReligionBaptist
Height170cm
GenderFemale
FatherIra Owens Beaty
MotherKathlyn Corinne MacLean
Net Worth$50 million as of Jun 17,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inRichmond

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Who is Shirley MacLaine?

Shirley MacLaine’s distinguished career constitutes a string of spunky portrayals that have passed the test of time and a veritable list of collaborations with the big guns of Hollywood. This iconic actress’s body of work which spans a period of 40 years is marked by several dramatic appearances and several award-winning performances in every decade. This highly respected actress has played glamorous to quirky characters on Broadway musicals, television series and movies. She has entertained and enthralled audiences all over the world with her varied roles in films including, a small-town girl, a prostitute, a First Lady, a free-spirited hippy, a vulnerable elevator operator, an eccentric piano teacher and a fashion goddess. She has appeared in more than 60 films (and counting), penned 12 books, and directed documentaries and an indie drama. She has often faced criticism for her fascination with new-age beliefs, including out-of-body experiences, multiple reincarnations and interest in the paranormal. However, she shows no sign of slowing down. She is now easily recognizable in supporting roles in films and television shows as everyone’s favourite crazy aunt or a bubbly grandmother. If you would like to learn more about this interesting personality, scroll further.

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Childhood & Early Life

Shirley MacLaine Beaty was born to Ira Owens Beatty, a professor of psychology and Kathlyn Corinne, a drama teacher. She was named after the actress, Shirley Temple. Both, Shirley and her brother were raised as Baptists.

Due to her weak ankles, her mother enrolled her to ballet classes when she was three years old. She was very fascinated by the dance form and never missed a single class. However, she quickly realized that she did not have the ideal build for ballet, since she was very tall and decided to act and learn other dance forms.

She studied at Washington-Lee High School, where she was cast in a number of school-productions and was also part of the cheer-leading group. Before getting into senior year, she experimented with Broadway in New York and was successful to some extent.

Upon graduation, she was given a role in ‘The Pajama Game’, a musical and was then subsequently signed up by Paramount Pictures.

Career

Shirley Maclaine garnered her first Golden Globe Award for her debut role as ‘Jennifer Rogers’ in Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘The Trouble with Harry’ in 1955. She also received a BAFTA nomination for the same.

In 1956, she was cast in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, and received her first Academy Award nomination for ‘Some Came Running’, released the next year.

In 1960, she was cast opposite Jack Lemmon in ‘The Apartment’, a critical and commercial success that cemented MacLaine’s reputation as one of the leading and most versatile actors of her time. She then appeared in a number of films including, ‘The Children’s Hour’, ‘Irma la Douce’ and ‘Two Mules for Sister Sara’.

In 1975, she wrote, produced and directed ‘The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir’, which was nominated for Academy Award in the best documentary category.

The 80s saw MacLaine in a string of challenging roles which garnered critical and commercial success including, ‘A Change of Seasons’, ‘Terms of Endearment’ ‘Madame Souzsatzka’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’.

In 1983, she authored, ‘Out on a Limb’, which discusses her journey through spirituality. The book was adapted for a television film with the same title, five years later.

The following decade saw her fiery performances in ‘Postcards from the Edge’ and ‘Waiting for the Light’, both of which were released, in 1990. A string of successes followed through the 90s with ‘Used People’, ‘Guarding Tess’ and ‘Mrs Winterbourne’.

She made her directorial debut with ‘Bruno’ in 2000 and she received nominations for her roles in ‘Hell on Heels: The Battle of May Kay’, ‘In her Shoes’ and ‘Coco Chanel’, throughout the new millennium.

She authored ‘I’m All Over That’: And Other Confessions’ in 2011, which became a best-seller offers an insight into her life and everything else related to love, marriage and home.

Since 2012, she has been playing the role of Martha Levinson on the hit TV series, ‘Downtown Abbey’.

Major Works

‘The Apartment’, released in 1960, was a critical and commercial success that amassed $25 million at the box office. For her performance as ‘Fran Kubelik’, she won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and the Volpi Cup and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Her role as ‘Aurora Greenway’ in ‘Terms of Endearment’ in 1983 earned her several prestigious awards including an Academy Award. The movie collected a total of $108,423,489 in the United States alone.

Awards & Achievements

At the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999, she was awarded an ‘Honorary Golden Bear’.

In 2012, the American Film Institute conferred upon this talented actress, the ‘40th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award’, the highest honor for a career in film.

MacLaine has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1165 Vine Street.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1972, she was engaged in George McGovern’s campaign for presidency.

While promoting her book ‘I’m Over All That’, MacLaine revealed to Oprah Winfrey, that she was in an open relationship with her husband Steve Parker, whom she divorced, in 1982. She has a daughter, Sachi and two grandchildren.

Trivia

Just before this noted actress’s ballet performance in school, she broke her ankle while warming-up backstage, but proceeded to give her best shot on stage.

Between 2007 and 2008, this celebrated actress was interviewed several times by CNN, NBC and Fox new channels for her interests in UFOs.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Shirley MacLaine awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1984Best Actress in a Leading RoleTerms of Endearment (1983)

Golden Globe Awards

1989Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaMadame Sousatzka (1988)
1984Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaTerms of Endearment (1983)
1964Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalIrma la Douce (1963)
1961Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalThe Apartment (1960)
1955Most Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Trouble with Harry (1955)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1976Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or MusicGypsy in My Soul (1976)

BAFTA Awards

1961Best Foreign ActressThe Apartment (1960)
1960Best Foreign ActressAsk Any Girl (1959)

Shirley MacLaine biography timelines

  • // 24th Apr 1934
    Shirley MacLaine Beaty was born to Ira Owens Beatty, a professor of psychology and Kathlyn Corinne, a drama teacher. She was named after the actress, Shirley Temple. Both, Shirley and her brother were raised as Baptists.
  • // 1955
    Shirley Maclaine garnered her first Golden Globe Award for her debut role as ‘Jennifer Rogers’ in Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘The Trouble with Harry’ in 1955. She also received a BAFTA nomination for the same.
  • // 1956
    In 1956, she was cast in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, and received her first Academy Award nomination for ‘Some Came Running’, released the next year.
  • // 1960
    In 1960, she was cast opposite Jack Lemmon in ‘The Apartment’, a critical and commercial success that cemented MacLaine’s reputation as one of the leading and most versatile actors of her time. She then appeared in a number of films including, ‘The Children’s Hour’, ‘Irma la Douce’ and ‘Two Mules for Sister Sara’.
  • // 1960
    ‘The Apartment’, released in 1960, was a critical and commercial success that amassed $25 million at the box office. For her performance as ‘Fran Kubelik’, she won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and the Volpi Cup and was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, she was engaged in George McGovern’s campaign for presidency.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, she wrote, produced and directed ‘The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir’, which was nominated for Academy Award in the best documentary category.
  • // 1982
    While promoting her book ‘I’m Over All That’, MacLaine revealed to Oprah Winfrey, that she was in an open relationship with her husband Steve Parker, whom she divorced, in 1982. She has a daughter, Sachi and two grandchildren.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, she authored, ‘Out on a Limb’, which discusses her journey through spirituality. The book was adapted for a television film with the same title, five years later.
  • // 1983
    Her role as ‘Aurora Greenway’ in ‘Terms of Endearment’ in 1983 earned her several prestigious awards including an Academy Award. The movie collected a total of $108,423,489 in the United States alone.
  • // 1990
    The following decade saw her fiery performances in ‘Postcards from the Edge’ and ‘Waiting for the Light’, both of which were released, in 1990. A string of successes followed through the 90s with ‘Used People’, ‘Guarding Tess’ and ‘Mrs Winterbourne’.
  • // 1999
    At the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999, she was awarded an ‘Honorary Golden Bear’.
  • // 2000
    She made her directorial debut with ‘Bruno’ in 2000 and she received nominations for her roles in ‘Hell on Heels: The Battle of May Kay’, ‘In her Shoes’ and ‘Coco Chanel’, throughout the new millennium.
  • // 2007 To 2008
    Between 2007 and 2008, this celebrated actress was interviewed several times by CNN, NBC and Fox new channels for her interests in UFOs.
  • // 2011
    She authored ‘I’m All Over That’: And Other Confessions’ in 2011, which became a best-seller offers an insight into her life and everything else related to love, marriage and home.
  • // 2012
    Since 2012, she has been playing the role of Martha Levinson on the hit TV series, ‘Downtown Abbey’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, the American Film Institute conferred upon this talented actress, the ‘40th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award’, the highest honor for a career in film.

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Shirley MacLaine's FAQ

  • What is Shirley MacLaine birthday?

    Shirley MacLaine was born at 1934-04-24

  • Where is Shirley MacLaine's birth place?

    Shirley MacLaine was born in Richmond

  • What is Shirley MacLaine nationalities?

    Shirley MacLaine's nationalities is American

  • What is Shirley MacLaine nick names?

    Shirley MacLaine's nickNames is Powerhouse

  • Who is Shirley MacLaine spouses?

    Shirley MacLaine's spouses is Steve Parker (m. 1954–1982)

  • Who is Shirley MacLaine siblings?

    Shirley MacLaine's siblings is Warren Beatty

  • Who is Shirley MacLaine childrens?

    Shirley MacLaine's childrens is Sachi Parker

  • What was Shirley MacLaine universities?

    Shirley MacLaine studied at Washington-Lee High School

  • What is Shirley MacLaine's religion?

    Shirley MacLaine's religion is Baptist

  • How tall is Shirley MacLaine?

    Shirley MacLaine's height is 170

  • Who is Shirley MacLaine's father?

    Shirley MacLaine's father is Ira Owens Beaty

  • Who is Shirley MacLaine's mother?

    Shirley MacLaine's mother is Kathlyn Corinne MacLean

  • What is Shirley MacLaine's sun sign?

    Shirley MacLaine is Taurus