MacLaine, Shirley

MacLaine, Shirley
orig. Shirley McLean Beaty

born April 24, 1934, Richmond, Va., U.S.

U.S. film actress.

She worked as a dancer on Broadway. After replacing the injured star in The Pajama Game (1954), she was discovered by a film producer and made her movie debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955). Known for her deft portrayal of charmingly eccentric characters, she went on to play comic and dramatic roles in Some Came Running (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma La Douce (1963), Sweet Charity (1969), The Turning Point (1977), Terms of Endearment (1983, Academy Award), Madame Sousatzka (1988), and Mrs. Winterbourne (1996). She wrote several best-selling books, often about her mystical experiences, including Out on a Limb (1983) and Going Within (1989). She is the sister of Warren Beatty.

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▪ American actress
original name  Shirley MacLean Beaty 
born April 24, 1934, Richmond, Va., U.S.
 outspoken American actress and dancer known for her deft portrayal of charmingly eccentric characters and for her interest in mysticism and reincarnation.

      After graduating from high school, MacLaine, who had studied ballet since age three, moved to New York City, where she worked as a dancer and model. In 1954 she was hired as a chorus girl and understudy to the second lead, Carol Haney, in the hit Broadway musical The Pajama Game. When Haney broke her ankle, MacLaine took over the role and was “discovered” by film producer Hal Wallis (Wallis, Hal B), who put her under contract.

      MacLaine made her movie debut in Alfred Hitchcock (Hitchcock, Sir Alfred)'s The Trouble with Harry (1955). Her unique, sexy, tomboyish looks and her ability to combine worldly experience with an offbeat innocence caused her to be frequently cast as a good-hearted hooker or waif in such films as Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), and Sweet Charity (1968).

      As MacLaine aged, her characters grew more cantankerous, and she often played a spirited, sharp-tongued, frustrated, slightly over-the-top woman. Rather than reduce these characters to a cliché, however, MacLaine managed to humanize them and make them believable. Her more successful later roles were as a former ballerina questioning her decision to give up her career for her family in The Turning Point (1977), a strong-willed, compulsive mother in Terms of Endearment (1983), for which she received an Academy Award for best actress, and a feisty former first lady in Guarding Tess (1994). In 1996 she appeared as a wealthy woman surprised by her daughter-in-law's mistaken identity in Mrs. Winterbourne. Her later films include In Her Shoes (2005), in which she starred as a grandmother who helps her granddaughters patch up their differences, and Rumor Has It (2006), a comedy about the family that was the inspiration for Charles Webb's novel The Graduate (1963).

      Rarely able to exercise her considerable dancing talent on film, MacLaine often appeared on television variety specials, winning several Emmy Awards, and in 1976 and 1984 she returned to Broadway in, respectively, A Gypsy in My Soul and Shirley MacLaine on Broadway.

      In 1970 MacLaine published Don't Fall off the Mountain, which turned out to be the first in a series of best-selling memoirs describing not only her life in movies and her relationships (including that with her younger brother, actor-director Warren Beatty (Beatty, Warren)) but also her search for spiritual fulfillment. In 1987 she cowrote, produced, directed, and starred in a television adaptation of one of her autobiographies, Out on a Limb, which had been published in 1983.

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