Shirley MacLaine

Actor, Author, Singer
Broadway hoofer, dramatic talent, spiritual eccentric, activist, Oscar winner. .. Over the course of a varied and distinguished career, actress Shirley MacLaine earned these titles many times over. A former ballerina ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1934 in Richmond, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (136)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wild Oats 2015 (Movie)

Eva Miller (Actor)

Downton Abbey 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

Elsa (Actor)

Glee 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

Edna Mitty (Actor)

Bernie 2012 (Movie)

Marjorie Nugent (Actor)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

Estelle (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Iris Smythson/Endora (Actor)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

Ella Hirsch (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Bewitched 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Katharine Richelieu (Actor)

Private Screenings: Shirley MacLaine 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Carolina 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Salem Witch Trials 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Edith Head: Designing Woman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Siegfried & Roy: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Robert F Kennedy: A Memoir 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Jack Lemmon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 (Movie)

Grace Winterbourne (Actor)

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

Aurora Greenway (Actor)

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Guarding Tess 1994 (Movie)

Tess Carlisle (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Used People 1992 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Woman at Past Lives Pavilion (Actor)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/14/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Doris Mann (Actor)

Waiting For the Light 1990 (Movie)

Aunt Zena (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

Ouiser Boudreaux (Actor)

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

Madame Sousatzka (Actor)

Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shirley MacLaine Show 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

Aurora Greenway (Actor)

Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: Illusions 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Couples 1980 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Shirley MacLaine: Every Little Movement 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

A Change of Seasons 1979 (Movie)

Karen Evans (Actor)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

Eve Rand (Actor)

Shirley MacLaine at the Lido 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Deedee Rogers (Actor)

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Sois belle et tais-toi 1976 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir 1973 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Shirley's World 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year of the Woman 1972 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A World of Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Possession of Joel Delaney 1971 (Movie)

Norah (Actor)

Desperate Characters 1970 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Two Mules For Sister Sara 1970 (Movie)

Sister Sara (Actor)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

Charity Hope Valentine (Actor)

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 (Movie)

Harriet Blossom (Actor)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Woman Times Seven 1967 (Movie)

Maria Terese (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Irma La Douce (Actor)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Mae Jenkins (Actor)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

Louisa (Actor)

Two For the Seesaw 1962 (Movie)

Gittel Mosca (Actor)

My Geisha 1961 (Movie)

Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori (Actor)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

Martha Dobie (Actor)

Two Loves 1961 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

All in a Night's Work 1960 (Movie)

Katie Robbins (Actor)

Can-Can 1960 (Movie)

Simone Pistache (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

(uncredited) Drunk Woman (Actor)

The Apartment 1960 (Movie)

Fran Kubelik (Actor)

Ask Any Girl 1958 (Movie)

Meg Wheeler (Actor)

Career 1958 (Movie)

Sharon Kensington (Actor)

Hot Spell 1958 (Movie)

Virginia Duval (Actor)

Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

Ginny Moorhead (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1958 (Movie)

Irene Molloy (Actor)

The Sheepman 1958 (Movie)

Dell Payton (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Princess Aouda (Actor)

Artists and Models 1955 (Movie)

Bessie Sparrowbush (Actor)

The Trouble With Harry 1955 (Movie)

Jennifer Rogers (Actor)

Coco Chanel (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Marlo Thomas (TV Show)

Narrator

Joan of Arc (TV Show)

Actor

Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu (TV Show)

Narrator

The West Side Waltz (TV Show)

Actor

These Old Broads (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

("I'm Still Here") (Song Performer)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

("I'm Gonna Spread My Wings") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Poor Things (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Broadway hoofer, dramatic talent, spiritual eccentric, activist, Oscar winner. .. Over the course of a varied and distinguished career, actress Shirley MacLaine earned these titles many times over. A former ballerina hopeful-turned-chorus girl, she rose to fame in the early 1950s after Hollywood producers noticed her in Broadway's "Pajama Game." She made the transition to features in a series of roles that emphasized her quirkiness and heartbreaking vulnerability, most notably in "Some Came Running" (1960), "The Apartment" (1960) and "Irma La Douce" (1963). The redheaded pixie dropped out of features in the late 1960s - watching her brother Warren Beatty rise to fame at that time -but reemerged in the late 1970s with several acclaimed performances in such films as "The Turning Point" (1977), "Being There" (1979) and "Terms of Endearment" (1983), the latter of which brought her a long-overdue Oscar for Best Actress. She remained a vital presence in efforts like "Steel Magnolias" (1989), "Postcards from the Edge" (1990) and "Guarding Tess" (1994), while extolling alternative beliefs in reincarnation and extraterrestrials that occasionally earned derision from pundits. Well into her seventies, the actress continued to command attention in acclaimed projects, ranging from the biopic "Coco Chanel" (Lifetime, 2008) to the black comedy "Bernie" (2012). Not that the validation was necessary, but an AFI Life Achievement Award merely punctuated the fact that MacLaine remained among the most gifted of Hollywood and stage performers for over 40 years - a distinction that she continued to earn well into the new millennium.

Relationships

Warren Beatty Actor

Brother
Born March 30, 1937; earned an Academy Award for directing the film "Reds" (1981); also starred in "Dick Tracy" (1990) and "Bugsy" (1991)

Ira Beaty

Father

Annette Bening Actor

Sister-In-Law

Kathlyn MacLean

Mother

Steve Parker Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 17, 1954 Divorced in 1982

Sachi Parker Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 1, 1956; father, Steve Parker

Andrew Peacock

Companion
Served as Foreign Minister of Australia until 1980

EDUCATION

Washington School of the Ballet

Washington , Washington D.C.
Began taking lessons aged three

Washington-Lee High School

Arlington , Virginia
Was on the cheerleading squad and acted in school productions

Milestones

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day"

2008

Portrayed the title role of the French fashion designer in the Lifetime movie "Coco Chanel"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Television Movie

2006

Cast in "The Ant Bully," a computer-animated film directed by John Davis

2005

Cast as the inspiration for the book and film "The Graduate" in the Rob Reiner comedy "Rumor Has It..."

2005

Co-starred with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, as their long-lost grandmother in Curtis Hanson's "In Her Shoes"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2005

Co-starred with Michael Caine as Samantha's (Nicole Kidman) meddling parents in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched"

2002

Co-starred in the CBS TV-Movie "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2001

Acted in the TV-movie "These Old Broads" (ABC)

2000

Feature directorial debut, "Bruno" (aired on Starz!); also co-starred

1996

Reprised Academy Award-winning role of Aurora Greenway in "Evening Star"

1994

Played a fictional former First Lady, opposite Nicolas Cage, in "Guarding Tess"

1990

Cast as Meryl Streep's mother in "Postcards from the Edge," a semi-autobiographical novel written by Carrie Fisher and directed by Mike Nichols

1989

Offered a memorable performace as Ouiser in the ensemble female drama "Steel Magnolias"

1988

Earned critical acclaim for her role in "Madame Sousatzka"

1987

Played herself in the autogiographical ABC miniseries, "Out on a Limb"

1983

Received her first Academy Award starring opposite Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"

1977

Once again nominated for an Academy Award for "The Turning Point"

1976

Returned to the stage in the one-woman show, "A Gypsy in My Soul"

1974

Co-directed (Claudia Weill) the documentary feature about her travels through China called "The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature

1970

Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Shirley's World"

1968

Last musical feature, "Sweet Charity"; directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and written by Neil Simon

1966

Co-starred with Michael Caine as criminals in "Gambit"; earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination

1963

Re-teamed with Wilder and Lemmon for "Irma la Douce," which earned her a third Academy Award nomination

1960

Earned second Academy Award nomination for "The Apartment," starring with Jack Lemmon and directed by Billy Wilder

1958

Garnered first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for "Some Came Running"

1955

Film acting debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry"

1954

Received big break when she became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in "The Pajama Game"; Haney suffered an ankle injury in the first week and MacLaine replaced her

1952

Moved to New York; adopted professional name Shirley MacLaine; worked as model and appeared in commercials

1950

Appeared for a brief time in the NYC revival of "Oklahoma!"

1946

Professional dance debut at age 12 with National Symphony Orchestra

1938

First public appearance as a dancer at age four

1937

Began taking ballet at age three

Bonus Trivia

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MacLaine on coming to terms with aging. "See, I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I never had the problems the other actresses my age had. I was never a great beauty. I was never a sex symbol. I did, however, have great legs, because I was a dancer. But I didn't have that baggage. I wasn't interested in my stature as a star. Ever. I was just interested in good parts." - from the Daily News, Jan. 6, 1993

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Received an honorary degree from the NY Fashion Institute of Technology in 1999.

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"I've been making movies for fifty years this year. I'm not surprised that I'm still here - it never occurred to me that I wouldn't just keep working. But that's not from the point of view of 'Oh, I'm so good,' it's that it's just meant to be: It's destiny. If I live into my nineties, I'll be working till then." - MacLaine to Interview magazine, October 2005

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In 1970, MacLaine 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.

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