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