Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine


4/24/1934, Richmond, Virginia

Birth Name

Shirley MacLean Beaty


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Known as the girl with big red curls and weak ankles, Shirley MacLaine was born as Shirley MacLean Beaty on April 24, 1934, to Virginia native Ira Owens Beaty and his wife, Kathlyn. Ira and Kathlyn gave up their dreams to raise their family. Before Shirley was three…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She danced with the Washington Ballet and finally did return to visit her "birthplace" in classical dance at the age of 79 in 2013.

    • Shirley is close friends with actress Julie Christie, who lived with her brother Warren Beatty for over a decade.

    • Shirley took ballet as a child and always ended up playing the boys' role due to being the tallest in her class.

    • Shirley has said that her childhood dinner for many years consisted of tabasco sauce and saltine crackers.

    • Shirley led a series of weekend-long "Higher Self Seminars" in the late '80s teaching people about her views on many aspects of New Age practices and techniques.

    • Shirley was named after Shirley Temple.

    • Right before a performance of Cinderella with the Washington School of Ballet in which she was dancing the role of the Fairy Godmother, she was warming up backstage when she broke her ankle. Instead of bowing out, she simply tied the ribbon on her toe shoes tighter and danced the role through. After the show was over, she called for an ambulance.

    • Her performance as "Aurora Greenway" in Terms of Endearment in 1983 is ranked #81 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

    • Shirley's measurements: 34B-24-34.

    • Shirley's sister-in-law is actress Anette Benning.

    • Shirley was born at 3:57 PM EST.

  • Quotes

    • Shirley: :(On her deciding to give up a career in professional ballet) I was never good enough to be a soloist. Quatre ballet was about all I could handle. I didn't have those beautifully constructed feet (high arches, high insteps). My extension on my left leg was pretty good, but I didn't point my foot with that grace that suggests true beauty.

    • Shirley: "We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world."

    • Shirley: Sex is hardly ever just about sex.

    • Shirley: I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way anymore. They leave it on the dresser.

    • Shirley: I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.

    • Shirley: I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.

    • Shirley: I don't need a man to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we'll ever have is the one with ourselves.

    • Shirley: Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.

    • Shirley: A person who knows how to laugh at him or herself will never cease to be amused.

    • Shirley: I love to win Oscar's. Love it. The only part about it I don't like is the red carpet and getting a dress and walking around in high heels and holding in my stomach. I hate that.

    • Shirley: I can't define longevity. I don't know what it means.

    • Shirley: Some people think I look like a sweet potato, I consider myself a spud with a heart of gold.

    • Shirley: I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice a** and shake it.

    • Shirley: It is useless to hold a man to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.

    • Shirley: I think in my 40s, right around the time of The Turning Point in 1977, that I began to address myself more to the future. See, I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I never had the problems the other actresses my age had. I was never a great beauty. I was never a sex symbol. I did, however, have great legs, because I was a dancer. But I didn't have that baggage. I wasn't interested in my stature as a star. Ever. I was just interested in good parts.

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