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Also Known As: Shirley Maclean Beaty Died:
Born: April 24, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer, author

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Bruno (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Elsa and Fred (2014)
3.
 Bernie (2011)
4.
 Valentine's Day (2010)
6.
 Coco Chanel (2008)
7.
 Closing the Ring (2007)
8.
 Bewitched (2005) Iris Smythson/Endora
9.
 Rumor Has It... (2005)
10.
 In Her Shoes (2005) Cast
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Milestones close milestones

1937:
Began taking ballet at age three
1938:
First public appearance as a dancer at age four
1946:
Professional dance debut at age 12 with National Symphony Orchestra
1950:
Appeared for a brief time in the NYC revival of "Oklahoma!"
1952:
Moved to New York; adopted professional name Shirley MacLaine; worked as model and appeared in commercials
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
1955:
Film acting debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry"
1958:
Garnered first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for "Some Came Running"
1960:
Earned second Academy Award nomination for "The Apartment," starring with Jack Lemmon and directed by Billy Wilder
1963:
Re-teamed with Wilder and Lemmon for "Irma la Douce," which earned her a third Academy Award nomination
1966:
Co-starred with Michael Caine as criminals in "Gambit"; earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination
1969:
Last musical feature, "Sweet Charity"; directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and written by Neil Simon
1971:
Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Shirley's World"
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
1976:
Returned to the stage in the one-woman show, "A Gypsy in My Soul"
1977:
Once again nominated for an Academy Award for "The Turning Point"
1983:
Received her first Academy Award starring opposite Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"
1987:
Played herself in the autogiographical ABC miniseries, "Out on a Limb"
1988:
Earned critical acclaim for her role in "Madame Sousatzka"
1989:
Offered a memorable performace as Ouiser in the ensemble female drama "Steel Magnolias"
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
1994:
Played a fictional former First Lady, opposite Nicolas Cage, in "Guarding Tess"
1996:
Reprised Academy Award-winning role of Aurora Greenway in "Evening Star"
2000:
Feature directorial debut, "Bruno" (aired on Starz!); also co-starred
2001:
Acted in the TV-movie "These Old Broads" (ABC)
2002:
Co-starred in the CBS TV-Movie "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2005:
Co-starred with Michael Caine as Samantha's (Nicole Kidman) meddling parents in the big screen adaptation of "Bewitched"
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:
Cast as the inspiration for the book and film "The Graduate" in the Rob Reiner comedy "Rumor Has It..."
2006:
Cast in "The Ant Bully," a computer-animated film directed by John Davis
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
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day"
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Education

Washington-Lee High School: Arlington , Virginia -
Washington School of the Ballet: Washington , Washington D.C. -

Notes

"I think in my 40s, right around the time of "The Turning Point," that I began to address myself more to the future," she says, explaining her 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 "Pouring on the Old Charm" by Ryan Murphy in the DAILY NEWS, January 6, 1993

Received an honorary degree from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 1999

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husband:
Steve Parker. Producer. Married in 1954; divorced in 1983.
companion:
Andrew Peacock. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Australia; Australian Parliament Member. Together on and off since 1978.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ira O Beaty. Died c. 1987.
mother:
Kathlyn Beaty. Died c. 1994.
brother:
Warren Beatty. Actor, director, producer.
sister-in-law:
Annette Bening. Actor.
daughter:
Stephanie Sachiko Parker. Actor. Born c. 1956.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Don't Fall Off the Mountain"
"You Can Get There From Here"
"Out On a Limb"
"Dance While You Can" Bantam Books
"Shirley and Warren" Macmillan
"My Lucky Stars"
"The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit" Pocket Books
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