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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and ... See full bio »
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 2016 Wild Oats (completed)
Eva Miller
  Jim Button (announced)
Mrs. Grindtooth
  Men of Granite (filming)
Sophia Prather
 2008 Coco Chanel (TV Movie)
Old Coco Chanel
 2002 Salem Witch Trials (TV Movie)
Rebecca Nurse
 2002 The Battle of Mary Kay (TV Movie)
Mary Kay
 2001 These Old Broads (TV Movie)
Kate Westbourne
 2000 Bruno
 1999 Joan of Arc (TV Mini-Series)
Madame de Beaurevoir
 1998 Stories from My Childhood (TV Series)
- The Nutcracker (1998) ... Narrator (voice)
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Martha (uncredited)
 1995 The West Side Waltz (TV Movie)
Margaret Mary Elderdice
 1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Helen Cooney
 1990 Waiting for the Light
Aunt Zena
 1984 Cannonball Run II
 1980 A Change of Seasons
Karyn Evans
 1980 Loving Couples
Dr. Evelyn Lucas Kirby
 1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney
Norah Benson
 1971 Desperate Characters
Sophie Bentwood
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Paulette / Maria Teresa / Linda / ...
 1966 Gambit
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Jenny Ericson
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Mae Jenkins
 1964 What a Way to Go!
Louisa May Foster
 1962 Two for the Seesaw
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz
 1962 My Geisha
Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori
 1961 Two Loves
Anna Vorontosov
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Katie Robbins
 1960 Ocean's 11
Tipsy Girl (uncredited)
 1960 Can-Can
Simone Pistache
 1959 Career
Sharon Kensington
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Meg Wheeler
 1958 Some Came Running
Ginnie Moorehead
 1958 Hot Spell
Virginia Duval
 1958 The Sheepman
Dell Payton
 1955 Artists and Models
Bessie Sparrowbrush
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
- That's Life (1955)
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Other Works:

Book, "I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions". See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 11 Interviews | 15 Articles | 10 Pictorials | 24 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Shirley McLaine


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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On personal power: You are the architect of your personal experience. See more »


She has English, as well as Scottish, Irish, and remote Danish, ancestry. See more »


Her trademark theme song, taken from the movie, Sweet Charity (1969), is "If My Friends Could See Me Now". It is usually the music that accompanies her when she makes entrances on talk shows. See more »

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