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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaineAKA Shirley MacLean Beaty

Born: 24-Apr-1934
Birthplace: Richmond, VA

Gender: Female
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine's parents were both frustrated performers, her father a violinist and her mother an actress. Her brother is actor Warren Beatty. As a toddler, MacLaine was enrolled in ballet classes to strengthen her weak ankles, and about a year later at age 3 she appeared on stage for the first time. She got her first laugh when she tripped over a curtain. During the summer school break before her senior year in high school, she went to New York to try to get work as an actress, and ended up in the chorus line of Oklahoma! Reluctantly she returned home to finish high school, but came back to New York the next year, working as a sales clerk and model until she got another chorus line job. In true theatrical fashion, she understudied the lead in The Pajama Game, and took the role when the previous star (Carol Haney) broke her ankle.

MacLaine's triumph in The Pajama Game was seen by a studio executive, who offered her a contract. Her first film was Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry. After starring with Dean Martin in Artists and Models, she became the unofficial "mascot" of the "Rat Pack" (Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford). MacLaine has said there was no "hanky-panky" with the guys, and Sinatra reportedly called her "Kid". Her films include The Apartment and Irma la Douce, both with Jack Lemmon, The Children's Hour with Audrey Hepburn, Sweet Charity with Ricardo Montalban, Being There with Peter Sellers, and Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts.

She married early, to sometime moviemaker Steve Parker. He soon became uncomfortable being "Mr. MacLaine" and returned to Japan, where he had lived most of his life. They had an open marriage, and for years Parker and MacLaine rarely saw each other. Their daughter Sachi lived with MacLaine until she was six, when there was a "mafia threat" on the child, according to MacLaine. After that, she was raised by Parker in Japan. MacLaine had several boyfriends and lived with journalist Pete Hamill in the 1970s, finally divorcing Parker in 1983.

In the early 1960s, under contract with Paramount, MacLaine was only making $15,000 a picture, but her movies were obvious hits. She sued Paramount, won her case, and began to command $500,000 a movie. She took a hiatus from movie making from 1970-77, returning as the ballerina who had given it up for a family in The Turning Point, which featured a famous catfight with Anne Bancroft. For 1983's Terms of Endearment with Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson, MacLaine won an Oscar. She was reportedly once groped by President John F. Kennedy, and commented, "I would rather have a President who does it to a woman than a President who does it to his country." MacLaine later became active in politics with Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential bid.

Also in 1983, her book Out on a Limb was published, dealing with MacLaine's foray into spiritualism and New Age practices. In her 2000 book Camino, she claimed to have slept with Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne in a past life. She also described her visions of androgynous people bearing androgynous children, and revealed that she herself was androgynous.

Father: Ira O. Beaty (real estate agent, d. 1987)
Mother: Kathlyn MacLean (teacher-homemaker, d. 1994)
Brother: Warren Beatty (actor, b. 30-Mar-1937)
Husband: Steve Parker (producer, b. 1921, m. 1954, div. 1983)
Daughter: Stephanie Sachiko Parker (actress, b. 1-Sep-1956)
Boyfriend: Robert Mitchum (actor, dated 1962-65)
Boyfriend: Pete Hamill (writer, cohabited early 1970s)
Slept with: Yves Montand (French actor, dated while making My Geisha)
Slept with: Danny Kaye (actor, reportedly mid-1960s)
Slept with: Olof Palme (Swedish Prime Minister)

    High School: Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA (1952)

    Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Major financial backer
    Golden Globe 1955 Most Promising Newcomer, Female
    Golden Globe 1961 for The Apartment
    Golden Globe 1964 for Irma la Douce
    Emmy 1976 for Gypsy in My Soul (shared)
    Oscar for Best Actress 1984 for Terms of Endearment
    Golden Globe 1984 for Terms of Endearment
    Golden Globe 1989 for Madame Sousatzka
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1615 Vine Street
    Endorsement of Visa
    Traveled to the USSR
    Birthday: Elizabeth Taylor (1992)
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Yoga

    The Dress Code (16-Apr-2000)

    Elsa & Fred (7-Mar-2014)
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (5-Oct-2013)
    Bernie (16-Jun-2011)
    Valentine's Day (10-Feb-2010) · Estelle
    Coco Chanel (13-Sep-2008)
    Closing the Ring (14-Sep-2007)
    Rumor Has It... (22-Dec-2005)
    In Her Shoes (14-Sep-2005)
    Bewitched (24-Jun-2005)
    Carolina (5-Jun-2003) · Grandma Mirabeau
    Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Herself
    Salem Witch Trials (24-Dec-2002) · Rebecca Nurse
    Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (7-Oct-2002)
    These Old Broads (12-Feb-2001)
    The Dress Code (16-Apr-2000) · Helen
    Joan of Arc (16-May-1999)
    Get Bruce (24-Jan-1999) · Herself
    The Evening Star (5-Dec-1996) · Aurora Greenway
    Mrs. Winterbourne (19-Apr-1996) · Grace Winterbourne
    The West Side Waltz (23-Nov-1995)
    The Celluloid Closet (13-Sep-1995) · Herself
    Guarding Tess (11-Mar-1994) · Tess Carlisle
    Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (17-Dec-1993)
    Used People (16-Dec-1992)
    Defending Your Life (22-Mar-1991) · Herself
    Postcards from the Edge (12-Sep-1990) · Doris Mann
    Waiting for the Light (11-Sep-1990)
    Steel Magnolias (15-Nov-1989) · Ouiser Boudreaux
    Madame Sousatzka (17-Sep-1988)
    Out on a Limb (18-Jan-1987) · Herself
    Cannonball Run II (29-Jun-1984)
    Terms of Endearment (23-Nov-1983) · Aurora Greenway
    A Change of Seasons (1-Dec-1980)
    Loving Couples (4-Sep-1980)
    Being There (19-Dec-1979) · Eve Rand
    The Turning Point (14-Nov-1977) · Deedee
    The Possession of Joel Delaney (24-May-1972)
    Desperate Characters (Jun-1971)
    Two Mules for Sister Sara (12-Feb-1970) · Sara
    Sweet Charity (1-Apr-1969)
    The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (11-Sep-1968)
    Woman Times Seven (27-Jun-1967)
    Gambit (16-Dec-1966) · Nicole
    John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (24-Mar-1965)
    The Yellow Rolls-Royce (31-Dec-1964) · Mae Jenkins
    What a Way to Go! (12-May-1964) · Louisa
    Irma la Douce (5-Jun-1963)
    Two for the Seesaw (21-Nov-1962) · Gittel Mosca
    My Geisha (12-Feb-1962)
    The Children's Hour (19-Dec-1961) · Martha Dobie
    Two Loves (21-Jun-1961) · Anna Vorontosov
    All in a Night's Work (22-Mar-1961)
    The Apartment (15-Jun-1960) · Fran Kubelik
    Can-Can (9-Mar-1960) · Simone Pistache
    Career (8-Oct-1959) · Sharon Kensington
    Ask Any Girl (21-May-1959) · Meg Wheeler
    Some Came Running (18-Dec-1958) · Ginny Moorehead
    Hot Spell (17-Sep-1958)
    The Matchmaker (12-Aug-1958) · Irene Molloy
    The Sheepman (7-May-1958) · Dell Payton
    Around the World in Eighty Days (17-Oct-1956) · Princess Aouda
    Artists and Models (7-Nov-1955)
    The Trouble with Harry (3-Oct-1955) · Jennifer Rogers

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Author of books:
Don't Fall Off the Mountain (1970)
My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir (1995, memoir)
I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions (2011, memoir)

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