Shirley MacLaine

Highest Rated: 97% Defending Your Life (1991)
Lowest Rated: 0% Wild Oats (2016)
Birthday: Apr 24, 1934
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA
A dancer, singer, highly regarded actress and metaphysical time traveler, Shirley MacLaine is certainly among Hollywood's most unique stars. Born Shirley MacLane Beaty on April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia, MacLaine was the daughter of drama coach and former actress Kathlyn MacLean Beaty and Ira O. Beaty, a professor of psychology and philosophy. Her younger brother, Warren Beatty, also grew up to be an important Hollywood figure as an actor/director/ producer and screenwriter. MacLaine's mother, who gave up her own dreams of stardom for her young family, greatly motivated her daughter to become an actress and dancer. MacLaine took dance lessons from age two, first performed publicly at age four, and at 16 went to New York, making her Broadway debut as a chorus girl in Me and Juliet (1953). When not scrambling for theatrical work, MacLaine worked as a model. Interestingly, MacLaine's big break was the result of another actress's bad luck. In 1954, MacLaine was understudying Broadway actress Carol Haney The Pajama Game when Haney fractured her ankle. MacLaine replaced her and was spotted and offered a movie contract by producer Hal Wallis. With her auburn hair cut impishly short, the young actress made her film debut in Hitchock's black comedy The Trouble With Harry (1955). Later that year, she co-starred opposite Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in the comedy Artists and Models. In her next feature, Around the World in 80 Days (1956), she appeared as an Indian princess. MacLaine earned her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a pathetic tart who shocks a conservative town by showing up on the arm of young war hero Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running (1959). She then got the opportunity to show off her long legs and dancing talents in Can-Can (1960). Prior to that, she appeared with Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in Oceans Eleven (1960). MacLaine, the only female member of the famed group, would later recount her experiences with them in her seventh book My Lucky Stars. In 1960, she won her second Oscar nomination for Billy Wilder's comedy/drama The Apartment, and a third nomination for Irma La Douce (1963). MacLaine's career was in high gear during the '60s, with her appearing in everything from dramas to madcap comedies to musicals such as What a Way to Go! (1964) and Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity! (1969). In addition to her screen work, she actively participated in Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign and served as a Democratic Convention delegate. She was similarly involved in George McGovern's 1972 campaign. Bored by sitting around on movie sets all day awaiting her scenes, MacLaine started writing down her thoughts and was thus inspired to add writing to her list of talents. She published her first book, Don't Fall Off the Mountain in 1970. She next tried her hand at series television in 1971, starring in the comedy Shirley's World (1971-72) as a globe-trotting photographer. The role reflected her real-life reputation as a world traveler, and these experiences resulted in her second book Don't Fall Off the Mountain and the documentary The Other Half of the Sky -- A China Memoir (1975) which she scripted, produced and co-directed with Claudia Weill. MacLaine returned to Broadway in 1976 with a spectacular one-woman show A Gypsy in My Soul, and the following year entered a new phase in her career playing a middle-aged former ballerina who regrets leaving dance to live a middle-class life in The Turning Point. MacLaine was memorable starring as a lonely political wife opposite Peter Sellers' simple-minded gardener in Being There (1979), but did not again attract too much attention until she played the over-protective, eccentric widow Aurora Greenway in James L. Brooks' Terms of Endearment (1983), a role that finally won MacLaine an Academy Award. That same year, she published the candid Out on a Limb, bravely risking public ridicule by describing her experiences and theories c


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Noelle Elf Polly 2019
20% The Little Mermaid Grandmother 2018
39% The Last Word Harriet Lauler $1.8M 2017
0% Wild Oats Eva $22.1K 2016
No Score Yet A Heavenly Christmas Pearl 2016
33% Elsa & Fred Elsa 2014
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Edna Mitty $33.3M 2013
88% Bernie Marjorie Nugent $6M 2012
18% Valentine's Day Estelle $110.6M 2010
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Amelia Thomas 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: 1920s - The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical Actor 2008
No Score Yet Coco Chanel Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel 2008
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1960s Actor 2008
33% Closing the Ring Ethel 2007
20% Rumor Has It Katharine Richelieu $43M 2005
75% In Her Shoes Ella Hirsch $32.9M 2005
24% Bewitched Iris Smythson/Endora $62.3M 2005
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Carolina Grandma Mirabeau 2004
No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials Rebecca Nurse 2003
No Score Yet Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Mary Kay Ash 2002
No Score Yet These Old Broads Kate Westbourne 2001
20% Bruno Director Helen 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
10% Joan of Arc Madame De Beaurevoir 1999
No Score Yet Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu Narrator 1998
6% A Smile like Yours Martha 1997
22% The Evening Star Aurora Greenway 1996
7% Mrs. Winterbourne Grace Winterbourne 1996
96% The Celluloid Closet Interviewee 1996
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz Margaret Mary Elderdice 1995
57% Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Helen 1994
56% Guarding Tess Tess Carlisle 1994
40% Used People Pearl 1992
97% Defending Your Life Woman at Past Lives Pavilion 1991
No Score Yet Waiting for the Light Aunt Zena 1990
No Score Yet Full Fathom Five Actor 1990
87% Postcards from the Edge Doris Mann 1990
No Score Yet You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story Actor 1990
70% Steel Magnolias Ouiser Boudreaux 1989
76% Madame Sousatzka Madame Yuvline Sousatzka 1988
No Score Yet Reincarnation: Coming Back Actor 1988
No Score Yet Out on a Limb Screenwriter Herself 1987
No Score Yet That's Dancing! Actor 1985
13% Cannonball Run II Veronica 1984
88% Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway 1983
No Score Yet Baryshnikov - The Dancer and the Dance Actor 1983
No Score Yet Loving Couples Dr. Evelyn Lucas Kirby 1980
96% Being There Eve Rand 1979
57% The Turning Point Deedee 1977
No Score Yet Year of the Woman Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Possession of Joel Delaney Norah Benson 1972
No Score Yet Desperate Characters Sophie 1971
70% Two Mules for Sister Sara Sara 1970
83% Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine 1969
No Score Yet The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Harriet Blossom 1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Paulette/Edith/Eve Minou/Jea/Linda/Maria Terese 1967
No Score Yet Gambit Nicole Chang 1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Mae Jenkins 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Jenny Ericson ('Strife' Magazine reporter) 1965
25% What a Way to Go! Louisa May Foster 1964
79% Irma La Douce Irma La Douce 1963
60% Two for the Seesaw Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz 1962
No Score Yet My Geisha Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori 1962
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work Katies Robbins 1961
86% The Children's Hour Martha Dobie 1961
52% Ocean's 11 Motel drunk 1960
94% The Apartment Fran Kubelik 1960
No Score Yet Can-Can Simone Pistache 1960
82% Some Came Running Ginnie Moorehead 1959
No Score Yet Ask Any Girl Meg Wheeler 1959
No Score Yet Career Sharon Kensington 1959
No Score Yet The Matchmaker Irene Molloy 1958
No Score Yet The Sheepman Dell Payton 1958
71% Around the World in 80 Days Princess Aouda 1956
78% Artists and Models Bessie Sparrowbrush 1955
90% The Trouble with Harry Jennifer Rogers 1955


No Score Yet The Talk
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No Score Yet Today
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2017
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No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2016
71% Glee
June Dolloway
  • 2014
86% Downton Abbey
Martha Levinson
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No Score Yet Masterpiece
Martha Levinson
  • 2014
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No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2012
No Score Yet Downton Abbey
Martha Levinson