Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine


Shirley MacLaine
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Born Shirley MacLean Beaty on April 24, 1934 in Richmond, VA

Shirley MacLaine has been captivating movie audiences since 1955 when she made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble With Harry.”

The spunky redhead was a fixture on movie screens throughout the late 1950s and ’60s, shining in dramas (“Some Came Running,” “The Children’s Hour”), comedies (“The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce”) and musicals (“Can-Can,” “Sweet Charity”).

She appeared in fewer films over the next two decades but succeeded in more mature, often flinty roles in such favorites as “Being There,” “The Turning Point,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Steel Magnolias.”

In the last few decades, MacLaine has brought her A-game to such movies as “Postcards From the Edge,” “Used People,” “Guarding Tess” and “In Her Shoes,” as well as the telefilm “Coco Chanel.”

She has also directed several films, including the 1975 documentary “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir.”

The forthright actress has earned countless awards and honors including six Oscar nominations (with a win for “Terms of Endearment”), 19 Golden Globe nominations (five wins plus two honorary awards) and six Emmy nominations (with one win).

MacLaine, who is the older sister of actor Warren Beatty, has also gained attention (sometimes of the dubious kind) for her spiritual beliefs, especially reincarnation. She’s written several New Age-oriented books, including the autobiographical “Out on a Limb,” which was later made into a TV miniseries.

The actress was married to producer and businessman Steve Parker from 1954 to 1982. They had one daughter, Sachi.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1958 Best Actress Some Came Running Nomination
    1960 Best Actress The Apartment Nomination
    1963 Best Actress Irma La Douce Nomination
    1975 Best Documentary - Feature The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir Nomination
    1977 Best Actress The Turning Point Nomination
    1983 Best Actress Terms of Endearment Win

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