Shirley MacLaine
American actress, singer, dancer, writer, activist
Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLean Beaty known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy twice, for her roles in The Apartment and Irma la Douce, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama twice for Terms of Endearment and Madame Sousatzka. She was honored with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998.
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Oscars Night Preview: Sharing Memories Of First Grown-up Films
Huffington Post - 5 days
It is Academy Awards time Sunday night, so naturally my non-Trump thoughts are focused on the silver screen. This year’s host will be Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t have high expectations he will exceed or even match past enjoyment of seeing Billy Crystal emcee the gala event, but to be totally honest, I am probably too conservative, or should I say traditional, in my taste of comedic genius on Oscars night as I grew up watching Bob Hope host countless Oscars telecasts. I was disheartened when he lost his emcee spot back in 1969. I’ve gotten over it. Though I see more flicks nowadays while sitting on the couch in our den I still enjoy the experience of going to the movies. Which brings me to the following question: Do you remember the first films you saw in a movie theater? I don’t mean kiddie cartoons or even Disney full-length features, which in my case would be animated classics like Bambi, Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp. I mean the first grown-up movies you saw in a movie house, no ...
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Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Shirley MacLaine
LATimes - about 1 month
“Is your coat wool?” Alfre Woodard asked as she sat at a long, flower-filled table draped with purple paisley Italian linen. “I’m allergic to wool. I can never wear anything nice.” Under the cavernous, vaulted ceiling of a mountain mansion, where the driveway was heated, an indoor stream trickled...
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How Debbie Reynolds And Elizabeth Taylor's Tabloid Scandal Almost Destroyed Their Friendship
Huffington Post - 2 months
Debbie Reynolds is best known as the song-and-dance whiz who dazzled us in “Singin’ on the Rain,” “The Tender Trap” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The woman never stopped working. New generations were introduced to her through “Will & Grace,” “Halloweentown,” “Behind the Candelabra” and a wealth of other roles. Reynolds, who died Wednesday at age 84, was also a gossip fixture thanks to her friendship with the high priestess of the tabloids, Elizabeth Taylor. The actresses became fast friends circa 1950 when they met at MGM, the studio responsible for releasing many of Reynolds’ most famous musicals. By that point, Taylor had become an established teen star, thanks to breakthrough roles in “National Velvet,” “A Date with Judy” and “Father of the Bride.” “We went to school together on the lot, when she was in between films,” Reynolds reportedly told People magazine in 2015. “I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, but we got along very well becau ...
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You Should Remember Carrie Fisher As A Brilliant Author
Huffington Post - 2 months
Immortalized as a fierce and lovely space princess in the classic film saga “Star Wars,” Carrie Fisher could easily have gone the way of many one-time it girls ― forgotten by a fickle Hollywood, with its insufficient roles for women over 30, and only remembered as a young Princess Leia. Instead, she carved out a unique path for herself, including a successful and acclaimed career as a novelist and memoirist. Fisher, who died on Tuesday following a heart attack and hospitalization, leaves behind a body of fiction, memoir, and even scriptwriting that stood entirely on its own. Her writing is, understandably, often overshadowed by the familiar image of her face surrounded by Leia’s signature gigantic side buns; her last book, The Princess Diarist, chronicles her complicated, decades-long relationship with the famous role. She, perhaps more than anyone, was aware that the glories of novel-writing couldn’t compare with the fame of “Star Wars,” once telling WebMD, “If I were trying to g ...
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11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 2 months
It’s finally Star Wars week, which means you’re probably going to see  Rogue One this weekend. The first reviews are already in for the movie, and we’re looking at another Disney hit here. But with Rogue One now in theaters it means it’s time to start waiting for other hot movies to hit cinemas. Here’s this week’s trailers collection! Alone in Berlin Dunkirk may be one of the hottest World War 2 movies to watch next year, but you should also keep an eye out for Alone in Berlin . It’s the real story of a German couple, played by Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, who started opposing the Nazis in Berlin in the 1940s in a very unusual and clever way soon after they learned their boy died on the front. Alone in Berlin launches on January 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQaGazGtaZw Arsenal Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, and Adrian Grenier play in this mobster movie. Arsenal is about a mob guy who’s looking to save his kidnapped brother and hits theaters on January 6th. https://www.youtub ...
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'Sweet Charity' provides triple-threat Sutton Foster 'room to show'
Huffington Post - 3 months
By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, December 2, 2016 When they build the musical theater equivalent of Mount Rushmore, I know who one of the faces will be. My only complaint about the inimitable Sutton Foster is that I have a hard time figuring out what she does best. Flawless dancing? Check. Stunning singing? Yup. Hilarious physical comedy? For sure. But the thing that puts the cherry on the Foster cupcake (and makes her latest, a small-scale revival of the 1966 Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical Sweet Charity, so brilliant) is that while doing all that singing and dancing and laugh-generating and even gymnastics (just watch this), she manages to imbue every moment with a depth of character that most performers don't attain even without the high kicks and tumbles. The psychological and emotional progression of the story doesn't stop for the musical numbers, rather, thanks to Foster, they are expanded by it. This revival is not as sweet as Charity usually is. ...
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First Nighter: "Terms of Endearment" Not Endearing on Stage, Gideon Irving Happily Declares "My Name is Gideon," GQ and JQ (W)rap "Othello" in "Othello the Remix"
Huffington Post - 3 months
It's been a losing week in theaters for arguing the preeminence of movies over theater. An anemic stage adaptation by Tom Schulman of his Dead Poets Society screenplay has just opened at the Classic Stage Company, and a by-the-numbers adaptation by Dan Gordon of James L. Brooks's Terms of Endearment screenplay (from the Larry McMurtry novel) has bowed at 59E59 Theaters. It's not that either is outright bad (a full Dead Poets Society review can be found elsewhere on The Huffington Post), but other than riding in on the coattails of favorite movies of the not too distant past--Terms of Endearment released in 1983, Dead Poets Society in 1989--the reasons for either existing aren't immediately apparent or convincing. Since comparisons are generally considered odious, none will appear here involving the film's stars. (Shirley MacLaine won an Oscar for ToE, a did Robert DeNiro.) Suffice it to say that Molly Ringwald as the mother Aurora Greenway to Hannah Dunne's daughter Emma Greenw ...
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Shirley MacLaine to receive L.A. Film Critics honor
LATimes - 5 months
Shirley MacLaine will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics’ career achievement honor at the group’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 14. MacLaine, 82, won the lead actress Oscar for “Terms of Endearment” in 1984. The American Film Institute has also given her a lifetime honor and, in 2013, she received...
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When White Feminists Get 'Honest,' They Also Need Empathy
Huffington Post - 6 months
Jennifer Weiner, the author of novels including Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, has seen immense success over the course of her writing career. In Her Shoes was adapted into a popular film starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. Her books hit the best-seller lists like clockwork. She has over 100,000 Twitter followers, and she routinely pens essays about feminism in the literary world for outlets like The New York Times. One might be forgiven for thinking that Weiner has found not just enough success for one author’s lifetime, but a pretty enviable amount. Still, there can always be more. Last week, Oprah Winfrey announced that her October Book Club selection would be a memoir about the emotional journey of a wife and mother: Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior. The book details Glennon’s struggle with alcoholism and bulimia, as well as the upheaval she fought through after discovering her husband’s infidelity. Weiner, whose own memoir Hungry Heart will be ...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 24-30
Yahoo News - 11 months
April 24: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 82. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 74. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 73. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 71. Singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman of The Hooters is 66. Actor Eric Bogosian is 63. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 62. Actor Michael O'Keefe ("Roseanne") is 61. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 59. Actor Glenn Morshower ("24") is 57. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 53. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 52. Actor Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond," ''Amistad") is 52. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 49. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 48. Actor Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones") is 48. Actress Melinda Clarke ("The O.C.") is 47. Actor Rory McCann ("Game of Thrones") is 47. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 43. Actor Eric Balfour ("24") is 39. Actress Rebecca Mader ("No Ordinary Family," ''Lost") is 39. Actor Austin Nich ...
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Shirley MacLaine sows 'Wild Oats' and harvests a new book, 'Above the Line'
LATimes - 12 months
Shirley MacLaine has been a force in feature films since her debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry" in 1955. She's received six Academy Award nominations including for Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" (1960) and "Irma La Douce" (1963) and won the Oscar for James L. Brooks' beloved 1983...
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12 Times That Oscar Got Best Actress Wrong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sometimes the Academy Awards get it right. And sometimes the Oscar goes to actors for the wrong reason -- especially in the leading role categories. Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, played the most likable character, the actor whose character dies from the most horrible disease, etc. All wrong reasons. I have always loved the Academy Awards' Best Actress category, and this year's crop features the five strongest in years: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan -- all worthy. I sincerely hope that the "best" performance wins, and I urge everyone to see all five before weighing in. If I could rewrite Best Actress history, I would tweak some of its more frustrating choices. So in chronological order, I'm calling out twelve ins ...
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21 Classic Movies With The Best Costumes EVER, Thanks To Edith Head
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You might be surprised to know that the record for the most Oscars won by a woman is not held by an actress. Rather, that distinction belongs to a costume designer -- the costume designer, Edith Head. Over the span of her prolific 44-year career at Paramount Studios, Head garnered 35 Oscar nominations and won eight of the golden statutes, all for Costume Design. The one-time Spanish teacher who cleverly scammed her way into Hollywood by submitting students' sketches to land her plum job, eventually made good and ended up  learning the trade and creating the most memorable looks the silver screen has ever known.  Shirley MacLaine wearing an Edith Head design in "What a Way to Go!"   From 1923 to 1967, Head designed costumes for over 1,100 films, including "All About Eve," "Roman Holiday," "The Birds," and "White Christmas." The California native's penchant for over-the-top glitz, as well as defined tailoring, was what made her a legend. Head passed away ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley MacLaine
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 81
    In February 2016, it was announced that MacLaine will star in the live-action family film A Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, to be produced by MVP Studios.
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  • 2015
    Age 80
    In 2015, she sparked criticism for her comments on Jews, Christians, and Stephen Hawking.
    More Details Hide Details In particular she claimed that victims of the Nazi 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.
  • 2013
    Age 78
    On February 7, 2013, Penguin Group USA published Sachi Parker's autobiography Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine.
    More Details Hide Details MacLaine has called the book "virtually all fiction".
  • 2011
    Age 76
    In the April 2011 edition of the Oprah show MacLaine stated that she and her neighbor observed numerous UFO incidents at her New Mexico ranch for extended periods of time.
    More Details Hide Details MacLaine is godmother to the daughter of former Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details MacLaine also told Winfrey that she often fell for the leading men she worked with, with the exceptions of Jack Lemmon (The Apartment) and Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment). 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.
    In 2011, the government of France made her a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
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  • 2000
    Age 65
    She has continued to star in major films, such as Steel Magnolias with Sally Field, Julia Roberts and other stars. In 2000 she made her feature-film directorial debut and starred in Bruno, which was released to video as The Dress Code.
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  • 1999
    Age 64
    She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street and in 1999 was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other films from this period include the film version of the musical Sweet Charity (1968), based on the script for a Fellini movie, and Being There (1979) with Peter Sellers. In a short-lived MacLaine television sitcom, Shirley's World (1971–72), co-produced by Sheldon Leonard and ITC and shot in the United Kingdom, she was cast as a photojournalist. MacLaine starred in A Change of Seasons (1980) alongside Anthony Hopkins, and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983), playing Debra Winger's mother. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for Madame Sousatzka (1988).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she authored the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 19
    MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on April 24, 1934.
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