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Shirley MacLaine
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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Shirley MacLean Beaty
Is Actor Film actor Dancer Musician Television actor Stage actor Screenwriter Singer Writer Film producer Film director
From United States of America
Field Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Music
Gender female
Birth 24 April 1934, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Age 89 years
Star sign Taurus
Politics Democratic Party
Mother: Kathlyn Corinne Maclean
Father: Ira Owens Beaty
Siblings: Warren Beatty
Children: Sachi Parker
Height: 1.7018 m
Washington-Lee High School
Knight of the Legion of Honour 2011
Primetime Emmy Award  
Academy Award for Best Actress 1983
Kennedy Center Honors  
AFI Life Achievement Award 2012
Silver Bear for Best Actress 1959
Crystal Award 1978
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame  
Shirley MacLaine
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Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty, April 24, 1934) is an American actress, singer, author, activist, and former dancer. In a career which spans seven decades, she is known for her portrayals of quirky, headstrong, eccentric women. MacLaine is the recipient of numerous accolades including an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, MacLaine made her acting debut as a teenager with minor roles in the Broadway musicals Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game. Following minor appearances as an understudy in various other productions, MacLaine made her film debut with Alfred Hitchcock's black comedy The Trouble With Harry (1955), winning the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. She rose to prominence with starring roles in Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Some Came Running (1958), Ask Any Girl (1959), The Apartment (1960), The Children's Hour (1961), Two for the Seesaw (1962), Irma la Douce (1963), and Sweet Charity (1969). A six time Academy Award nominee, MacLaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment (1983). Her other prominent films include The Turning Point (1977), Being There (1979), Madame Sousatzka (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Evening Star (1996), Bewitched (2005), In Her Shoes (2005), Valentine's Day (2010), and The Little Mermaid (2018).

MacLaine has been the recipient of many honorary awards. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, Gala Tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1995, and Kennedy Center Honor in 2013 for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts. In 1998, she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Apart from acting, MacLaine has written numerous books regarding the subjects of metaphysics, spirituality, reincarnation as well as a best-selling memoir Out on a Limb (1983).

Early life

Named after actress Shirley Temple (who was six years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born on April 24, 1934, in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a drama teacher, originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. MacLaine's younger brother is the actor, writer, and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor. Their parents raised them as Baptists. Her uncle (her mother's brother-in-law) was A. A. MacLeod, a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the 1940s. While MacLaine was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington and Waverly, then back to Arlington eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in 1945. MacLaine played baseball on an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs, which earned her the nickname "Powerhouse". During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.

As a toddler, she had weak ankles and would fall over with the slightest misstep, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the Washington School of Ballet at the age of three. This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, she always played the boys' roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class. Eventually, she had a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; while warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but then tightened the ribbons on her toe shoes and proceeded to dance the role all the way through before calling for an ambulance. Ultimately she decided against making a career of professional ballet because she had grown too tall and was unable to acquire perfect technique. She explained that she didn't have the ideal body type, lacking the requisite "beautifully constructed feet" of high arches, high insteps and a flexible ankle. Also slowly realizing ballet's propensity to be too all-consuming, and ultimately limiting, she moved on to other forms of dancing, acting and musical theater.

She attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was on the cheerleading squad and acted in school theatrical productions.



MacLaine in her debut film The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The summer before her senior year of high school, MacLaine went to New York City to try acting on Broadway, having minor success in the chorus of Oklahoma! After she graduated, she returned and was in the dancing ensemble of the Broadway production of Me and Juliet (1953–1954). Afterwards she became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in The Pajama Game; in May 1954 Haney injured her ankle during a Wednesday matinee, and MacLaine replaced her. A few months later, with Haney still injured, film producer Hal B. Wallis saw MacLaine's performance, and signed her to work for Paramount Pictures.

MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. This was quickly followed by her role in the Martin and Lewis film Artists and Models (also 1955). Soon afterwards, she had a role in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). This was followed by Hot Spell and a leading role in Some Came Running (both 1958); for the latter film, she gained her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.

MacLaine in the trailer for The Apartment (1960)

In 1960, MacLaine starred in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960), alongside Jack Lemmon. The film, set in the Upper West Side, revolves around C.C. Baxter (Lemmon), an insurance clerk who allows his co-workers to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. Baxter is attracted to the insurance company's elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), who is already having an affair with Baxter's boss (Fred MacMurray). A blend of romantic drama and comedy, the film received 10 Academy Award nominations, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction (Black and White) and Best Film Editing. Despite being the odds-on favorite, MacLaine failed to win the Best Actress award. She later said, "I thought I would win for The Apartment, but then, Elizabeth Taylor [who won] had a tracheotomy." The film, which Roger Ebert included in his 2001 Great Movies list, has become MacLaine's signature role. Charlize Theron, speaking at the 89th Academy Awards, praised MacLaine's performance as "raw and real and funny", and as making "this black and white movie feel like it's in color".

She starred in The Children's Hour (1961), also starring Audrey Hepburn and James Garner, based on the play by Lillian Hellman, and directed by William Wyler. She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce (1963), which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon.

MacLaine devoted several pages in her first memoir, Don't Fall Off the Mountain (1970), to a 1963 incident in which she had marched into the Los Angeles office of The Hollywood Reporter and punched columnist Mike Connolly in the mouth. She was angered by what he had said in his column about her ongoing contractual dispute with producer Hal Wallis, who had introduced her to the movie industry in 1954 and whom she eventually sued successfully for violating the terms of their contract. The incident with Connolly garnered a headline on the cover of the New York Post on June 11, 1963. The full story appeared on page 5 under the headline “Shirley Delivers A Punchy Line” with the byline Bernard Lefkowitz.

At the peak of her success, she replaced Marilyn Monroe in two projects in which Monroe had planned, at the end of her life, to star: Irma la Douce (1963) and What a Way to Go! (1964). MacLaine worked with Michael Caine in Gambit (1966).

McLaine and John McMartin in the trailer for Sweet Charity (1969)

In 1969, MacLaine starred in the film version of the musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse, and based on the script for Fellini's Nights of Cabiria released a decade earlier. Gwen Verdon, who originated the role onstage, had hoped to play Charity in the film version, however MacLaine won the role due to her name being more well known to audiences at the time. Verdon signed on as assistant choreographer, helping teach MacLaine the dances and leading the camera through some of the more intricate routines. MacLaine received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical nomination. The film, while not a financial success, launched Fosse's film directing career with his next film being Cabaret (1972).

Don Siegel, MacLaine's director on Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), said of her: "It's hard to feel any great warmth to her. She's too unfeminine, and has too much balls. She's very, very hard."

MacLaine was cast as a photojournalist in a short-lived television sitcom, Shirley's World (1971–1972), co-produced by Sheldon Leonard and ITC and shot in the United Kingdom. Her documentary film The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), co-directed with Claudia Weill, concentrates on the experiences of women in China. It was nominated for the year's Documentary Feature Oscar. In 1976 MacLaine appeared in a series of concerts at the London Palladium and New York's Palace Theatre. The latter of these was released as the acclaimed live album Shirley MacLaine Live at the Palace. Co-starring with Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977), MacLaine portrayed a retired ballerina much like herself; she was nominated for an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 1978, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

In 1979 she starred alongside Peter Sellers in Hal Ashby's satirical film Being There. The film revolves around Chance (Sellers), a simpleminded, sheltered gardener, who becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics, after his wealthy old boss dies. The film received widespread acclaim with Roger Ebert writing that he admired the film "for having the guts to take this totally weird concept and push it to its ultimate comic conclusion". Despite not receiving an Academy Award nomination, MacLaine received a British Academy Film Award, and Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.


MacLaine at the set of Guarding Tess

In 1980, MacLaine starred in A Change of Seasons (1980) alongside Anthony Hopkins. The two famously did not get along with each other and the film was not a success due to what critics faulted as the screenplay. MacLaine however did receive positive notices from critics. Vincent Canby wrote in his The New York Times review that the film "exhibits no sense of humor and no appreciation for the ridiculous … the screenplay [is] often dreadful … the only appealing performance is Miss MacLaine's, and she's too good to be true. A Change of Seasons does prove one thing, though. A farce about characters who've been freed of their conventional obligations quickly becomes aimless."

In 1983, MacLaine starred in James L. Brooks's comedy-drama film Terms of Endearment (1983) playing Debra Winger's mother. The film focuses on the strained relationship between mother and daughter over 30 years. The film also starred Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film was a major critical and commercial success, grossing $108.4 million at the domestic box office and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1983. The film received a leading eleven nominations at the 56th Academy Awards, and won five including Best Picture. MacLaine earned her first Academy Award for her performance.

MacLaine has continued to star in major films, such as the family southern drama Steel Magnolias (1989) directed by Herbert Ross and also starring with Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Dolly Parton. The film focuses around a bond that a group of women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of a loved one. The film was a box office success earning $96.8 million off a budget of $15 million. MacLaine received a British Academy Film Award for her performance. She starred in Mike Nichols' film Postcards from the Edge (1990), with Meryl Streep, playing a fictionalized version of Debbie Reynolds from a screenplay by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher. Fisher wrote the screenplay based on her book. MacLaine received another Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.

MacLaine with Christopher Plummer at the premiere of the film Elsa & Fred in 2014

MacLaine continued to act in films such as Used People (1992), with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates; Guarding Tess (1994), with Nicolas Cage; Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser; The Evening Star (1996); Rumor Has It…(2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston; In Her Shoes (also 2005), with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and Closing the Ring (2007), directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer. She would later reunite with Plummer in the 2014 comedy film Elsa & Fred directed by Michael Radford. In 2000, she made her feature-film directorial debut, and starred in Bruno, which was released to video as The Dress Code. In 2011 MacLaine starred in Richard Linklater's dark comedy film Bernie alongside Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey.

MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects, including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb; The Salem Witch Trials; These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins. In 2009, she starred in Coco Before Chanel, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel which earned her Primetime Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award nominations. She appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the acclaimed British drama Downton Abbey as Martha Levinson, mother to Cora, Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern), and Harold Levinson (played by Paul Giamatti) in 2012–2013.

In 2016, MacLaine starred in Wild Oats with Jessica Lange. In February 2016, it was announced that MacLaine would star in the live-action family film The Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, and produced by MVP Studios.

Personal life

MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi. When Sachi was in her late twenties, she learned that her mother believed that her father Steve was not her real father but a clone of the real one, an astronaut named Paul.

MacLaine, 2011

In April 2011, while promoting her new book, I'm Over All That, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had had an open relationship with her husband. MacLaine also told Winfrey that she often fell for the leading men she worked with, with the exceptions of Jack Lemmon (The Apartment, Irma la Douce) and Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment). MacLaine also had long-running affairs with Lord Mountbatten whom she met in the 1960s, and Australian politician and two-time Liberal leader Andrew Peacock.

MacLaine has also gotten into feuds with such notable co-stars as Anthony Hopkins (A Change of Seasons), who said that "she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with," and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment).

MacLaine has claimed that, in a previous life in Atlantis, she was the brother to a 35,000-year-old spirit named Ramtha channeled by American mystic teacher and author J. Z. Knight.

She has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics, the central theme of some of her best-selling books, including Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. She has undertaken such forms of spiritual exploration as walking the Way of St. James, working with Chris Griscom, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.

MacLaine conceived and produced the variety show Star-Spangled Women for McGovern–Shriver

Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has also made its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks's romantic comedy Defending Your Life (1991), the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the "Past Lives Pavilion". In Postcards from the Edge (1990), MacLaine sings a version of "I'm Still Here", with customized lyrics created for her by composer Stephen Sondheim. One of the lyrics was changed to "I'm feeling transcendental – am I here?" In the 2001 television movie These Old Broads, MacLaine's character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.

She has an interest in UFOs, and gave numerous interviews on CNN, NBC and Fox news channels on the subject during 2007–08. In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing (2007), she described alien encounters and witnessing a Washington, D.C. UFO incident in the 1950s. On an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 2011, MacLaine stated that she and her neighbor observed numerous UFO incidents at her New Mexico ranch for extended periods of time.

Along with her brother, Warren Beatty, MacLaine used her celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's campaign for president in 1972. That year, she wrote the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs. She appeared at her brother's concerts Four for McGovern and Together for McGovern, and she joined with Sid Bernstein to produce the woman-focused Star-Spangled Women for McGovern–Shriver variety show at Madison Square Garden.

MacLaine is godmother to journalist Jackie Kucinich, daughter of former Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.

On February 7, 2013, Penguin Group USA published Sachi Parker's autobiography Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine. MacLaine has called the book "virtually all fiction".

In 2015, she sparked criticism for her comments on Jews, Christians, and Stephen Hawking. In particular she claimed that victims of the Holocaust were experiencing the results of their own karma, and suggested that Hawking subconsciously caused himself to develop ALS as a means to focus better on physics.


In 1959 MacLaine sued Hal Wallis over a contractual dispute, a suit that has been credited with ending the old-style studio star system of actor management.

In 1966, MacLaine sued Twentieth Century-Fox for breach of contract when the studio reneged on its agreement to star MacLaine in a film version of the Broadway musical Bloomer Girl based on the life of Amelia Bloomer, a mid-nineteenth century feminist, suffragist, and abolitionist, that was to be filmed in Hollywood. Instead, Fox gave MacLaine one week to accept their offer of the female dramatic lead in the Western Big Country, Big Man to be filmed in Australia. The case was decided in MacLaine's favor, and affirmed on appeal by the California Supreme Court in 1970; the case is often cited in law-school textbooks as a major example of employment-contract law.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1955 The Trouble with Harry Jennifer Rogers Alfred Hitchcock
1955 Artists and Models Bessie Sparrowbrush Frank Tashlin
1956 Around the World in 80 Days Princess Aouda Michael Anderson
1958 Some Came Running Ginnie Moorehead Vincente Minnelli
1958 The Sheepman Dell Payton George Marshall
1958 Hot Spell Virginia Duval Daniel Mann
1958 The Matchmaker Irene Molloy Joseph Anthony
1959 Ask Any Girl Meg Wheeler Charles Walters
1959 Career Sharon Kensington Joseph Anthony
1960 Ocean's 11 Tipsy woman Lewis Milestone Uncredited cameo
1960 Can-Can Simone Pistache Walter Lang
1960 The Apartment Fran Kubelik Billy Wilder
1961 The Children's Hour Martha Dobie William Wyler
1961 All in a Night's Work Katie Robbins Joseph Anthony
1961 Two Loves Anna Vorontosov Charles Walters
1962 Two for the Seesaw Gittel Mosca Robert Wise
1962 My Geisha Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori Jack Cardiff
1963 Irma la Douce Irma la Douce Billy Wilder
1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce Mae Jenkins Anthony Asquith
1964 What a Way to Go! Louisa May Foster J. Lee Thompson
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Jenny Erichson
1966 Gambit Nicole Chang Ronald Neame
1967 Woman Times Seven Paulette/Maria Teresa/Linda/
Edith/Eve Minou/Marie/Jeanne
Vittorio De Sica
1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Harriet Blossom Joseph McGrath
1969 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine Bob Fosse
1970 Two Mules for Sister Sara Sara Don Siegel
1971 Desperate Characters Sophie Bentwood Frank D. Gilroy
1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney Norah Benson Waris Hussein
1975 The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir Shirley MacLaine Shirley MacLaine
Claudia Weill
writer, co-director, producer
1977 The Turning Point Deedee Rodgers Herbert Ross
1979 Being There Eve Rand Hal Ashby
1980 A Change of Seasons Karyn Evans Richard Lang
1980 Loving Couples Evelyn Jack Smight
1983 Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway James L. Brooks
1984 Cannonball Run II Veronica Hal Needham
1988 Madame Sousatzka Madame Yuvline Sousatzka John Schlesinger
1989 Steel Magnolias Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux Herbert Ross
1990 Postcards from the Edge Doris Mann Mike Nichols
1990 Waiting for the Light Aunt Zena Christopher Monger
1991 Defending Your Life Shirley MacLaine Albert Brooks
1992 Used People Pearl Berman Beeban Kidron
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Helen Cooney Randa Haines
1994 Guarding Tess Tess Carlisle Hugh Wilson
1996 The Evening Star Aurora Greenway Robert Harling
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne Grace Winterbourne Richard Benjamin
1997 A Smile Like Yours Martha Keith Samples Uncredited
2000 The Dress Code Helen Shirley MacLaine Also director
2003 Carolina Grandma Millicent Mirabeau Marleen Gorris
2005 Rumor Has It… Katharine Richelieu Rob Reiner
2005 Bewitched Iris Smythson/Endora Nora Ephron
2005 In Her Shoes Ella Hirsch Curtis Hanson
2007 Closing the Ring Ethel Ann Harris Richard Attenborough
2010 Valentine's Day Estelle Paddington Garry Marshall
2011 Bernie Marjorie Nugent Richard Linklater
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Edna Mitty Ben Stiller
2014 Elsa & Fred Elsa Hayes Michael Radford
2016 Wild Oats Eva Andy Tennant
2017 The Last Word Harriett Lauler Mark Pellington
2018 The Little Mermaid Grandmother Eloise Blake Harris
Chris Bouchard
2019 Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver Mrs. Grindtooth Dennis Gansel Voice (English version)
2019 Noelle Elf Polly Marc Lawrence
TBA American Dreamer Paul Dektor


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Shower of Stars Herself 2 episodes
1976 Gypsy in my Soul Herself Television special with Lucille Ball
1971–1972 Shirley's World Shirley Logan 17 episodes
1977 The Shirley MacLaine Special:
Where Do We Go From Here?
Herself Television special
1979 Shirley MacLaine at the Lido Herself Television special
1987 Out on a Limb Herself Television film
1995 The West Side Waltz Margaret Mary Elderdice Television film
1998 Stories from My Childhood Narrator Episode: "The Nutcracker"
1999 Joan of Arc Madame de Beaurevoir 2 episodes
2001 These Old Broads Kate Westbourne Television film
2002 Salem Witch Trials Rebecca Nurse Television film
2002 The Battle of Mary Kay Mary Kay Television film
2008 Coco Chanel Coco Chanel Television film
2008 Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Amelia Thomas Television film
2012–2013 Downton Abbey Martha Levinson 3 episodes
2014 Glee June Dolloway 2 episodes
2016 A Heavenly Christmas Pearl Television film


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1953 Me and Juliet Dance Ensemble Majestic Theatre, Broadway
1954 The Pajama Game Dancer/Gladys Shubert Theatre, Broadway
1976 Shirley MacLaine Herself Palace Theatre, Broadway
1984 Shirley MacLaine on Broadway Herself Gershwin Theatre, Broadway

Honors and legacy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Teresa Heinz with 2013 Kennedy Center honorees: Shirley MacLaine, Martina Arroyo, Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock in 2013.
  • In 1960 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street
  • In 1999 was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival,
  • In 2011, the government of France made her a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
  • In 2013, MacLaine was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
  • In 2017 MacLaine was featured in a segment in which Charlize Theron praised her for her work in The Apartment during the 2017 Academy Awards telecast.
    She later presented the Academy Award for Best International Film of the year alongside Charlize Theron.
  • In 2019 she won the Movies for Grown Ups with AARP the Magazine's Life Time Achievement Award.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1959 Academy Award Best Actress Some Came Running Nominated
1961 The Apartment Nominated
1964 Irma la Douce Nominated
1976 Best Documentary Feature The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir Nominated
1978 Best Actress The Turning Point Nominated
1984 Terms of Endearment Won
1957 British Academy Film Awards Best Foreign Actress The Trouble with Harry Nominated
1960 Ask Any Girl Won
1961 The Apartment Won
1965 Irma la Douce
What a Way to Go!
1981 Best Actress Being There Nominated
1985 Terms of Endearment Nominated
1991 Postcards from the Edge Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Steel Magnolias Nominated
1955 Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female The Trouble with Harry Won
1959 Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Some Came Running Nominated
Special Award N/A Won
1960 Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Ask Any Girl Nominated
1961 The Apartment Won
1962 Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama The Children's Hour Nominated
1964 Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Irma la Douce Won
1967 Gambit Nominated
1968 Woman Times Seven Nominated
1970 Sweet Charity Nominated
1980 Being There Nominated
1984 Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Terms of Endearment Won
1988 Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Out on a Limb Nominated
1989 Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Madame Sousatzka Won
1991 Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Postcards from the Edge Nominated
1993 Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Used People Nominated
1995 Guarding Tess Nominated
1998 Cecil B. DeMille Award N/A Won
2003 Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay Nominated
2006 Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture In Her Shoes Nominated
2009 Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Coco Chanel Nominated
1975 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Special Shirley MacLaine:
If They Could See Me Now
1976 Gypsy in My Soul Won
1977 The Shirley MacLaine Special:
Where Do We Go from Here?
1979 Outstanding Variety Program Shirley MacLaine at the Lido Nominated
1980 Shirley MacLaine...
'Every Little Movement'
2009 Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Coco Chanel Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Coco Chanel Nominated
1960 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress The Apartment Won
1988 Madame Sousatzka Won
1959 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Ask Any Girl Won
1971 Desperate Characters Won
1999 Honorary Golden Bear N/A Won


  • MacLaine, Shirley (1970). Don't Fall Off the Mountain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-07338-6.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1972). McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-05341-8.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1975). You Can Get There from Here. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-07489-5.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1983). Out on a Limb. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-553-05035-6.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1986). Dancing in the Light. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-76196-2.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1987). It's All in the Playing. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-05217-6.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1990). Going Within: A Guide to Inner Transformation. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-055-328-3310.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1991). Dance While You Can. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-07607-3.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (1995). My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-09717-7.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2000). The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7434-0072-5. (Published in Europe as: MacLaine, Shirley (2001). The Camino: A Pilgrimage of Courage. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-0921-3.)
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2003). Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7434-8506-7.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2007). Sage-ing While Age-ing. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4165-5041-9.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2011). I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4516-0729-1.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2013). What If...: A lifetime of questions, speculations, reasonable guesses, and a few things I know for sure. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-47113-139-4.
  • MacLaine, Shirley (2016). Above the Line: My 'Wild Oats' Adventure. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1501136412.
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