Shirley MacLaine


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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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Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway
(1983)
The Apartment Fran Kubelik
(1960)
Steel Magnolias Ouiser Boudreaux
(1989)
The Trouble with Harry Jennifer Rogers
(1955)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actress (79 credits)
  Men of Granite (pre-production)
Sophia Prather
 2022 Only Murders in the Building (TV Series)
Rose Cooper / Leonora Folger
- Sparring Partners (2022) ... Rose Cooper
- Framed (2022) ... Leonora Folger
 2022 American Dreamer
Astrid Fanelli
 2019 Noelle
Elf Polly
 2018 The Little Mermaid
Grandmother / Elle
 2017 The Last Word
Harriet
 2016 A Heavenly Christmas (TV Movie)
Pearl
 2016 Wild Oats
Eva
 2014 Glee (TV Series)
June Dolloway
- The Untitled Rachel Berry Project (2014) ... June Dolloway
- The Back-Up Plan (2014) ... June Dolloway
 2014 Elsa & Fred
Elsa
 2012-2013 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Martha Levinson
- The London Season (2013) ... Martha Levinson
- Episode #3.2 (2012) ... Martha Levinson
- Episode #3.1 (2012) ... Martha Levinson
 2011 Bernie
Marjorie Nugent
 2010/I Valentine's Day
Estelle
 2008 Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (TV Movie)
Amelia Thomas
 2008 Coco Chanel (TV Movie)
Old Coco Chanel
 2007 Closing the Ring
Ethel Ann
 2005 Rumor Has It...
Katharine Richelieu
 2005 In Her Shoes
Ella Hirsh
 2005 Bewitched
Iris Smythson / Endora
 2003/I Carolina
Grandma Mirabeau
 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
Helen
 1999 Joan of Arc (TV Mini Series)
Madame de Beaurevoir
- Part II (1999) ... Madame de Beaurevoir
- Part I (1999) ... Madame de Beaurevoir
 1998 Stories from My Childhood (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Nutcracker (1998) ... Narrator (voice)
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Martha (uncredited)
 1996 The Evening Star
Aurora Greenway
 1996 Mrs. Winterbourne
Grace Winterbourne
 1995 The West Side Waltz (TV Movie)
Margaret Mary Elderdice
 1994 Guarding Tess
Tess Carlisle
 1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Helen Cooney
 1992 Used People
Pearl Berman
 1991 Defending Your Life
Shirley MacLaine
 1990 Postcards from the Edge
Doris Mann
 1990 Waiting for the Light
Aunt Zena
 1989 Steel Magnolias
Ouiser Boudreaux
 1988 Madame Sousatzka
Madame Sousatzka
 1987 Out on a Limb (TV Mini Series)
Shirley MacLaine
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Shirley MacLaine
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Shirley MacLaine
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Veronica
 1983 Terms of Endearment
Aurora Greenway
 1980 A Change of Seasons
Karyn Evans
 1980 Loving Couples
Evelyn
 1979 Being There
Eve Rand
 1977 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Guest Performer
 1977 The Turning Point
Deedee
 1976 Circasia (Short)
Clown
 1973 The Nutcracker (Short)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney
Norah Benson
 1971-1972 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Shirley Logan
- Always Leave Them Laughing (1972) ... Shirley Logan
- Knightmare (1971) ... Shirley Logan
- Figuratively Speaking (1971) ... Shirley Logan
- The Rally (1971) ... Shirley Logan
- Evidence in Camera (1971) ... Shirley Logan
 1971 Desperate Characters
Sophie Bentwood
 1969 Sweet Charity
Charity
 1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
Harriet Blossom
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Paulette / Maria Teresa / Linda / ...
 1966 Gambit
Nicole
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Jenny Ericson
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Mae Jenkins
 1964 What a Way to Go!
Louisa May Foster
 1963 Irma la Douce
Irma La Douce
 1962 Two for the Seesaw
Gittel Mosca
 1962 My Geisha
Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori
 1961 The Children's Hour
Martha Dobie
 1961 Two Loves
Anna Vorontosov
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Katie Robbins
 1960 Ocean's Eleven
Tipsy Girl (uncredited)
 1960 The Apartment
Fran Kubelik
 1960 Can-Can
Simone Pistache
 1959 Career
Sharon Kensington
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Meg Wheeler
 1958 Some Came Running
Ginnie Moorehead
 1958 The Matchmaker
Irene Molloy
 1958 Hot Spell
Virginia Duval
 1958 The Sheepman
Dell Payton
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Princess Aouda
 1955 Artists and Models
Bessie Sparrowbrush
 1955 The Trouble with Harry
Jennifer Rogers
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book, "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 11 Interviews | 20 Articles | 10 Pictorials | 80 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Shirley McLaine

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Spouse:

Steve Parker  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children:

Sachi Parker

Parents:

Kathlyn MacLean | Ira O. Beatty

Relatives:

Benjamin Beatty (niece or nephew) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

...I was always a character actress and never a sex symbol. Even when I was the leading lady, I was a character actor. See more »

Trivia:

Will receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award on June 7, 2012, in Los Angeles. See more »

Trademark:

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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