Fast Facts

  • Made her Broadway debut at 18 as a chorus dancer in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Me and Juliet.
  • When Carol Haney, the actor she was understudying for in The Pajama Game, broke her ankle, MacLaine stepped in; she was subsequently spotted by a producer and signed to a deal with Paramount Pictures.
  • Made her big-screen debut in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 black comedy The Trouble With Harry.
  • Published her first autobiographical book, Don't Fall off the Mountain, in 1970. It was followed by several other bestsellers addressing her beliefs about reincarnation, UFOs and spirituality.
  • Launched ShirleyMacLaine.com in 2000, offering astrology information and spiritual discussion forums, as well as selling a wide array of New Age-oriented products.
  • Made her solo directing debut with the dramedy Bruno (2000), in which she also costarred with Kathy Bates and Gary Sinise.
  • After several years away from the big screen, returned with three features in 2005: Bewitched, In Her Shoes and Rumor Has It.; subsequently appeared in Closing the Ring (2007) and Valentine's Day (2010), among others.

Awards

  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Special Achievement: Winner
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1955, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
  • 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1971, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 1960, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1959, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Winner
  • 1999, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ira O. Beaty — Father
  • Robert Mitchum — Ex-significant Other
  • Andrew Peacock — Ex-significant Other
  • Steve Parker — Ex-husband
  • Isabel Ira Ashley Beatty — Niece
  • Kathlyn MacLean Beaty — Mother
  • Pete Hamill — Ex-significant Other
  • Stephanie Sachiko Parker — Daughter
  • Warren Beatty — Brother
  • Ben Beatty — Nephew
  • Ella Corinne Beatty — Niece

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  • Birth Name: Shirley MacLean Beaty
  • Birth Place: Richmond, VA
  • Birthday: April 24, 1934, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Director, Dancer
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