Shirley MacLaine, born Shirley MacLean Beaty on April 24, 1934, is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She is best known for her roles in The Apartment, Irma la Douce, Terms of Endearment, Madame Sousatzka, and guest starred on Glee as June Dolloway.

Personal life

MacLaine was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Kathlyn MacLean and Ira Beaty. She has a brother, Warren.[1] MacLaine would adapted her mother's maiden name, MacLean, into her stage name MacLaine.[2]

MacLaine married Steve Parker in 1954 and after twenty-eight years they divorced in 1982. Their daughter, Stephanie "Sachi" Parker, was born in 1956.[3]

Sachi wrote in her memoir, Lucky Me, that "MacLaine rarely saw her as a child, refused to pay for college and pressured her to have sex as a recent high school graduate." MacLaine would release a statement obtained by Daily News that it was "virtually all fiction."[4]

MacLaine would go on to date Robert Mitchum, Andrew Peacock, and Pete Hamill.[1]


Her Broadway debut was in Me and Juliet and it ended in 1954, almost a year when she debuted in 1953. She would go on to be in The Pajama Game for two years till 1956, Shirley MacLaine in 1976, and Shirley MacLaine on Broadway for a month in 1984.

MacLaine made her television debut on Shower of Stars in 1955 and film debut in Alfred Hitchcocks' Trouble with Harry in 1955; received a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.

She was in Around the World in Eighty Days in 1956, The Apartment in 1960; received a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy, and Irma la Douce in 1963; received a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy.

MacLaine was in Gambit in 1966, in the loosely based Walburga Oesterreich story in The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom in 1968, on Shirley's World as main title character for a year till 1972, and Terms of Endearment; received a Best Actress in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.

She was in Madame Sousatzka in 1988; received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama and in Steel Magnolias in 1989. She also appeared in Bruno in 2000, Rumor Has It.../'In Her Shoes/Bewitched in 2005 and Lifetime's Coco Chanel in 2008.

MacLaine was also in Valentine's Day in 2010, on Downtown Abbey for three episodes between 2012 and 2013, and on Glee for two episodes in 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Artists and Models Bessie Sparrowbrush
The Trouble with Harry Jennifer Rogers
Shower of Stars (That's Life and All-Star Line-Up)
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days Princess Aouda
1958 Some Came Running Ginnie Moorehead
The Sid Caesar Show TV Movie
The Matchmaker Irene Molloy
Hot Spell Virginia Duval
The Sheepman Dell Payton
1958 Career Sharon Kensington
Ask Any Girl Meg Wheeler
1960 Ocean's Eleven Tipsy Girl uncredited
The Apartment Fran Kubelik
Can-Can Simone Pistache
1961 The Children's Hour Martha Dobie
Two Loves Anna Vorontosov
All in a Night's Work Katie Robbins
1962 Two for the Seesaw Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz
My Geisha Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori
1963 Irma la Douce Irma La Douce
1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce Mae Jenkins
What a Way to Go! Louisa May Foster
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Jenny Ericson ('Strife' Magazine reporter)
1966 Gambit Nicole
1967 Woman Times Seven Paulette/Maria Teresa/Linda
1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Harriet Blossom
1969 Sweet Charity Charity
1970 Two Mules for Sister Sara Sara
1971 Shirley's World Shirley Logan 1971 - 72 (17 episodes)
Desperate Characters Sophie Bentwood
1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney Norah Benson
1977 The Turning Point Deedee
1979 Being There Eve Rand
1980 A Change of Seasons Karyn Evans
Loving Couples Dr. Evelyn Lucas Kirby
1983 Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway
1984 Cannonball Run II Veronica
1988 Madame Sousatzka Madame Yuvline Sousatzka
1989 Steel Magnolias Ouiser Boudreaux
1990 Postcards from the Edge Doris Mann
Waiting for the Light Aunt Zena
1992 Used People Pearl Berman
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Helen Cooney
1994 Guarding Tess Tess Carlisle
1995 The West Side Waltz Margaret Mary Elderdice TV Movie
1996 The Evening Star Aurora Greenway
Mrs. Winterbourne Grace Winterbourne
1997 A Smile Like Yours Martha uncredited
1998 Stories from My Childhood Narrator voice (The Nutcracker)
1999 Joan of Arc Madame de Beaurevoir TV Movie
2000 Bruno Helen
2001 These Old Broads Kate Westbourne TV Movie
2002 Salem Witch Trials Rebecca Nurse TV Movie
The Battle of Mary Kay Mary Kay TV Movie
2003 Carolina Grandma Millicent Mirabeau
2005 Rumor Has It... Katharine Richelieu
In Her Shoes Ella Hirsh
Bewitched Iris Smythson/Endora
2007 Closing the Ring Ethel Ann
2008 Coco Chanel Old Coco Chanel TV Movie
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Amelia Thomas TV Movie
2010 Valentine's Day Estelle
2011 Bernie Marjorie Nugent
2012 Downton Abbey Martha Levinson (Episode #3.1, #3.2 and The London Season)
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Edna Mitty
2014 Glee June Dolloway (The Back-Up Plan and The Untitled Rachel Berry Project)
Elsa & Fred Elsa Hayes
2015 Jim Button Mrs. Grindtooth announced
The Locals Sophie Hurwitz announced
Men of Granite Sophia Prather pre-production
Wild Oats Eva Miller post-production

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