Shirley Maclaine

Biography

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty to Virginia native Ira Owens Beaty, an American, and Kathlyn Corinne MacLean, from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Shirley was the tallest in her ballet classes at the Washington School of Ballet. Just after she graduated from Washington-Lee High School, she packed her bags and headed for New York. While auditioning for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Me and Juliet", the producer kept mispronouncing her name. She then changed her name from Shirley MacLean Beaty to Shirley MacLaine. She later had a role in "The Pajama Game", as a member of the chorus and understudy to Carol Haney. A few months into the run, Shirley was going to leave the show for the lead role in "Can-Can" but ended up filling in for Haney, who had broken her ankle and could not perform. She would fill in for Carol, again, three months later, following another injury, the very night that movie producer Hal B. Wallis was in the audience. Wallis signed MacLaine to a five-year contract to Paramount Pictures. Three months later, she was off to shoot The Trouble with Harry (1955). She then took roles in Hot Spell (1958) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), completed not too long before her daughter, Sachi Parker (born Stephanie), was born. With Shirley's career on track, she played one of her most challenging roles: "Ginny Moorhead" in Some Came Running (1958), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She went on to do The Sheepman (1958) and The Matchmaker (1958). In 1960, she got her second Academy Award nomination for The Apartment (1960). Three years later, she received a third nomination for Irma la Douce (1963). In 1969, she brought her friend Bob Fosse from Broadway to direct her in Sweet Charity (1969), from which she got her "signature" song, "If My Friends Could See Me Now". After a five-year hiatus, Shirley made a documentary on China called The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), for which she received an Oscr nomination for best documentary. In 1977, she got her fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination for The Turning Point (1977). In 1979, she worked with Peter Sellers in Being There (1979), made shortly before his death. After 20 years in the film industry, she finally took home the Best Actress Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983). After a five-year hiatus, Shirley made Madame Sousatzka (1988), a critical and financial hit that took top prize at the Venice Film Festival. In 1989, she starred with Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias (1989). She received rave reviews playing Meryl Streep's mother in Postcards from the Edge (1990) and for Guarding Tess (1994). In 1996, she reprised her role from "Terms of Endearment" as "Aurora Greenway" in The Evening Star (1996), which didn't repeat its predecessor's success at the box office. In mid-1998, she directed Bruno (2000), which starred Alex D. Linz. In February 2001, Shirley worked with close friends once again in These Old Broads (2001), and co-starred with Julia Stiles in Carolina (2003) and with Kirstie Alley in Salem Witch Trials (2002). MacLaine as her own website which includes her own radio show and interviews, the Encounter Board, and Independent Expression, a members-only section of the site. In the past few years, Shirley starred in a CBS miniseries based on the life of cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash--The Battle of Mary Kay (2002), and wrote two more books, "The Camino" in 2001, and "Out On A Leash" in 2003. After taking a slight hiatus from motion pictures, Shirley returned with roles in the movies that were small, but wonderfully scene-stealing: Bewitched (2005) with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, In Her Shoes (2005) with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, in which Shirley was nominated for a Golden Globe in the best supporting actress category, and Rumor Has It... (2005) with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner. Shirley completed filming of Closing the Ring (2007), directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, in 2007. Her latest book is entitled "Sage-ing While Ag-ing"; Shirley's latest film is Valentine's Day (2010), which debuted in theaters on February 12, 2010. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Jennifer Obakhume roseslvndr1@yahoo.com Trivia: Named after Shirley Temple. Led a series of weekend-long higher-self seminars in the late 1980s teaching people about her views on many aspects of New Age practices and techniques. Attended Washington-Lee H.S. in Arlington, VA. Older sister of Warren Beatty. Mother of Sachi Parker with former husband Steve Parker. A frequent visitor to Houston, Texas, where she starred in Terms of Endearment (1983) and The Evening Star (1996). At each visit, she goes to Tony's Restaurant, where she orders a complete soufflé just for herself. Born at 3:57 PM EST. Sister-in-law of actress Annette Bening. Is a horse lover. Turned down the role of Diane Freeling in Poltergeist (1982) to play the Oscar-winning role of Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983). Her childhood dinner for many years consisted of tabasco and saltine crackers (which often resulted in bad dreams--her missing the bus to ballet class). Took ballet as a child and always played the boy's role due to being the tallest in her class. As of 2009, she is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (hers for Madame Sousatzka (1988)). The others are Spencer Tracy in The Actress (1953), Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008). Right before a performance of "Cinderella" with the Washington School of Ballet (she was dancing the role of the Fairy Godmother), she was warming up backstage when she broke her ankle. Instead of bowing out, she simply tied the ribbon on her toe shoes tighter and danced the role through. After the show was over, she called for an ambulance. Was close friends with the members of the Rat Pack. She starred with all of them in Ocean's Eleven (1960). Other works with Rat Pack members include: Some Came Running (1958), Cannonball Run II (1984) and Can-Can (1960). Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967. Close friends with actress Julie Christie, who lived with Shirley's brother Warren Beatty for over a decade. Columbia originally wanted to cast her as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968). However, producer Ray Stark--who produced the Broadway show and was Brice's son-in-law--insisted on Barbra Streisand repeating her Broadway role. Her performance as Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983) is ranked #81 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. She and Barbra Streisand celebrate their joint birthday together every year. Attended the same high school, Washington-Lee High School, as Sandra Bullock. Both were also cheerleaders at the school. Her brother, Warren Beatty also attended this high school. When writing The Exorcist (1973), William Peter Blatty based the character of "Chris O'Neil" on MacLaine, who was a friend of his. Dropped out of the The Blue Bird (1976) before shooting began. Father was a professor, then a real estate agent. Mother was a teacher. About 1975, while starring in a special musical show that played at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA, she walked out on the show because of the poor acoustics and sound system. Chrysler Hall was well known for this problem at the time, and Miss MacLaine was not the only performer to complain about it. Years later, the theatre closed for a while and underwent extensive renovations to improve the acoustics, thanks in part to the star's vigorously vocal objections. Close friend of British star Julie Christie. Grandmother to Frank Murray Jr. (born 1996) and Arin Murray (born 1998); the son and daughter of her daughter Sachi Parker. In her book, "My Lucky Stars", MacLaine wrote that before production on My Geisha (1962) began, Yves Montand bet her husband, Steve Parker, that he could seduce her. Parker, whom MacLaine learned later, was having an affair at the time, took Montand up on the bet; Montand won. Will receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award on June 7, 2012, in Los Angeles [October 9, 2011]. In her memoir "I'm Over That And Other Confessions", she claims to have been intimate with Danny Kaye, and Robert Mitchum, among others. She told Oprah Winfrey in an April 2011 TV appearance that she was not attracted to Jack Lemmon because he was not "dangerous" and "complicated". She has English, as well as Scottish, Irish, and remote Danish, ancestry. Release of book, "Out on a Limb". Release of the book, "Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love". Release of book, "Shirley and Warren" by James Spada. Release of the book, "My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir". Starred in Award winning British Drama Downton Abbey played Hugh Bonneville's character's Mother-In-Law. [January 2012] Filming a movie about the Mary Kay Cosmetics founder, Mary Kay Ash, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The movie is called The Battle of Mary Kay (2002). [June 2002] Release of book, "Don't Fall Off the Mountain". Release of book, "Dancing in the Light". Completing filming for Closing the Ring (2007) in Northern Ireland and Canada. [June 2006] Release of the book, "Dance While You Can". Release of her book, "Sage-ing While Age-ing". Release of book, "You Can Get There From Here". Release of the book, "It's All in the Playing". Initially she was cast as Bonnie Parker in her brother's film 'Bonnie and Clyde'. When Warren Beatty decided to play Clyde himself, she was dropped. Recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture, in Washington, DC on December 8, 2013 (telecast on Dec. 29). Fellow honorees are Billy Joel, 'Carlos Santana', Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo.

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Birth Name

Shirley MacLean Beaty

Birth Place

Richmond, Virginie, États-Unis

Birth Date

4/24/1934
Known For
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The Apartment

Fran Kubelik

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Terms of Endearment

Aurora Greenway

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Two Mules for Sister Sara

Sara

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Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Mrs. Grindtooth (voice)

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Being There

Eve Rand

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Guarding Tess

Tess Carlisle

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Steel Magnolias

Ouiser Boudreaux

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Bernie

Marjorie Nugent

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Irma La Douce

Irma La Douce

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Mrs. Winterbourne

Grace Winterbourne

Starring In
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American Dreamer

Astrid Fanelli

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My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

Self (archive footage)

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Broadway: The Golden Age

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Noelle

Elf Polly

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The Little Mermaid

Grandmother / Elle

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Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Mrs. Grindtooth (voice)

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Die vielen Leben des Sammy Davis Jr.

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The Last Word

Harriet

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Wild Oats

Eva

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A Heavenly Christmas

Pearl

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Elsa and Fred

Elsa Hayes

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Edna Mitty

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Bernie

Marjorie Nugent

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Valentine's Day

Estelle

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Coco Chanel

Old Coco Chanel

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Inside 'The Apartment'

Self

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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History

Self

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Closing the Ring

Ethel Ann

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Rumor Has It...

Katharine Richelieu

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In Her Shoes

Ella Hirsh

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Bewitched

Iris Smythson / Endora

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De Caunes/Garcia - Le meilleur de Nulle Part Ailleurs 2... suite et fin!

Self (archive footage)

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The Rat Pack

Herself (archive footage)

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Broadway - The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Herself

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Carolina

Grandma Millicent Mirabeau

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Salem Witch Trials

Rebecca Nurse

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The Battle of Mary Kay

Mary Kay

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The Best of So Graham Norton

Herself (archive footage)

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Barbra Streisand: Timeless - Live in Concert

Herself

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These Old Broads

Kate Westbourne

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The Dress Code

Helen

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If These Walls Could Talk 2

Footage from The Children's Hour (segment "1961") (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Joan of Arc

Madame de Beaurevoir

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Get Bruce - Mit der Lizenz zum Lachen

Herself

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Herself

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A Smile Like Yours

Martha (uncredited)

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The Evening Star

Aurora Greenway

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Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels

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Mrs. Winterbourne

Grace Winterbourne

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The Celluloid Closet

Herself

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The first 100 Years of Cinema

Herself

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The West Side Waltz

Margaret Mary Elderdice

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Guarding Tess

Tess Carlisle

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Helen Cooney

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Used People

Pearl Berman

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Herself (archive footage)

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Defending Your Life

Herself

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Waiting for the Light

Aunt Zena

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Postcards From the Edge

Doris Mann

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Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration

Herself

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Steel Magnolias

Ouiser Boudreaux

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Madame Sousatzka

Madame Yuvline Sousatzka

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That's Dancing!

Herself (clip from "Sweet Charity") (archive footage)

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Cannonball Run II

Veronica

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Terms of Endearment

Aurora Greenway

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Baryshnikov: The Dancer and the Dance

Self - Host

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Sois belle et tais-toi!

Self (archive footage)

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Jahreszeiten einer Ehe

Karyn Evans

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Loving Couples

Dr. Evelyn Lucas Kirby

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Being There

Eve Rand

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The Turning Point

Deedee

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The Possession of Joel Delaney

Norah Benson

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Desperate Characters

Sophie Bentwood

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Two Mules for Sister Sara

Sara

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Sweet Charity

Charity

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The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom

Harriet Blossom

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Woman Times Seven

Paulette / Maria Teresa / Linda / Edith / Eve Minou / Marie / Jeanne

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Gambit

Nicole Chang

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The Yellow Rolls-Royce

Mae Jenkins

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What a Way to Go!

Louisa May Foster

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Irma La Douce

Irma La Douce

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My Geisha

Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori

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Spiel zu zweit

Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz

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The Children's Hour

Martha Dobie

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All In A Night's Work

Katie Robbins

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Ocean's 11

Tipsy Girl (uncredited)

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The Apartment

Fran Kubelik

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Can-Can

Simone Pistache

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Career

Sharon Kensington

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Immer die verflixten Frauen

Meg Wheeler

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Some Came Running

Ginnie Moorehead

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In Colorado ist der Teufel los

Dell Payton

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The Matchmaker

Irene Molloy

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Hot Spell

Virginia Duval

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Around the World in 80 Days

Princess Aouda

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The Trouble with Harry

Jennifer Rogers

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Artists and Models

Bessie Sparrowbrush

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