Shirley MacLaine Biography

Birthday: 1934-04-24
Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki 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) (TV), and co-starred with Julia Stiles in Carolina (2003/I) and with Kirstie Alley in Salem Witch Trials (2002) (TV). 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--Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002) (TV), 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/I), which debuted in theaters on February 12, 2010.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shirley's World Shirley Logan 1971 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Trouble with Harry Jennifer Rogers 1955 0
Artists and Models Bessie Sparrowbrush 1955 Comedy, Musical
The Sheepman 1958 Comedy
Some Came Running 1958 Drama, Romance
Ask Any Girl 1959
Career Sharon Kensington 1959
Can-Can 1960 Musical, Comedy, Romance
The Children's Hour Martha Dobie 1961
My Geisha 1962
Two for the Seesaw 1962 Drama, Romance
Irma la Douce Irma La Douce 1963 0
What a Way to Go! 1964 Comedy, Romance, Musical
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1965 Comedy
The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1965 Drama, Romance, Comedy
Gambit Nicole 1967 Comedy, Crime
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 Comedy
Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine 1969 Comedy, Drama, Music
Two Mules for Sister Sara Sara 1970 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Desperate Characters 1971 Drama
The Possession of Joel Delaney 1972 Drama, Horror, Thriller
The Turning Point Deedee 1977 0
Being There Eve Rand 1979 0
Loving Couples Evelyn 1980
A Change of Seasons 1980 Comedy, Drama
Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway 1983
Cannonball Run II 1984 0
Madame Sousatzka 1988 Drama, Music
Postcards from the Edge Doris Mann 1990 0
Waiting for the Light Aunt Zena 1990 Comedy
Used People 1992 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 Drama, Romance
Guarding Tess 1994 0, Game Show
Mrs. Winterbourne Grace Winterbourne 1996 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Evening Star Aurora Greenway 1996 Comedy, Drama
Bruno Helen 2000 Comedy, Drama
These Old Broads Kate Westbourne 2001
Carolina Grandma Millicent Mirabeau 2003 Romance, Comedy
The Apartment Fran Kubelik 2004
Rumor Has It... Katharine Richelieu 2005 0, Biography
Bewitched Iris Smythson / Endora 2005 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Closing the Ring Ethel Ann 2007 0
Steel Magnolias Ouiser Boudreaux 2012 Biography
Bernie Marjorie Nugent 2012 0, 0
Elsa & Fred Elsa 2013 Comedy, Romance
Last of the Showmen Herself 2013 Musical
The Locals Sophie Hurwitz 2015 Comedy
Wild Oats Eva Miller 2016 0