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Shirley MacLaine born Shirley MacLean Beaty ; April 24,  is an American film, television, and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, and author. She is known for her New Age beliefs, and has an interest in spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a series of autobiographical works that describe these beliefs, document her world travels, and describe her Hollywood career.
DeMille Award at the ceremony. MacLaine's younger brother is the actor, writer, and director Warren Beatty ; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor. MacLeod , a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the s. MacLaine played baseball on an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs, which earned her the nickname "Powerhouse". During the s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.
As a toddler, she had weak ankles and would fall over with the slightest misstep, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the Washington School of Ballet at the age of three.
Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty , she always played the boys' roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class. Eventually, she had a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella ; while warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but then tightened the ribbons on her toe shoes and proceeded to dance the role all the way through before calling for an ambulance.
Ultimately she decided against making a career of professional ballet because she had grown too tall and was unable to acquire perfect technique. She explained that she didn't have the ideal body type, lacking the requisite "beautifully constructed feet" of high arches, high insteps and a flexible ankle.
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She attended Washington-Lee High School , where she was on the cheerleading squad and acted in school theatrical productions. The summer before her senior year of high school, MacLaine went to New York City to try acting on Broadway, having minor success in the chorus of Oklahoma! Wallis saw MacLaine's performance, and signed her to work for Paramount Pictures. This was quickly followed by her role in the Martin and Lewis film Artists and Models also Soon afterwards, she had a role in Around the World in 80 Days This was followed by Hot Spell and a leading role in Some Came Running both ; for the latter film, she gained her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce , which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon. Don Siegel , her director on Two Mules for Sister Sara , said of her: "It's hard to feel any great warmth to her. She's too unfeminine, and has too much balls.
She's very, very hard. Other films from this period include Gambit , with Michael Caine , and the film version of the musical Sweet Charity , based on the script for Fellini 's Nights of Cabiria released a decade earlier. It was nominated for the year's Documentary Feature Oscar. In , she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
In , she made her feature-film directorial debut, and starred in Bruno , which was released to video as The Dress Code. MacLaine sued Hal Wallis [ when?
In , MacLaine sued Twentieth Century-Fox for breach of contract when the studio reneged on its agreement to star MacLaine in a film version of the musical Bloomer Girl , to be filmed in Hollywood, offering her instead the female dramatic lead in a Western to be filmed in Australia.
The case was decided in Maclaine's favor, and affirmed on appeal by the California Supreme Court in ; the case is often cited in law-school textbooks as a major example of employment-contract law. MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from until their divorce in ; they have a daughter, Sachi. In April , while promoting her new book, I'm Over All That , she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had had an open relationship with her husband.
MacLaine has also gotten into feuds with such notable co-stars as Anthony Hopkins A Change of Seasons , who said that "she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with", and Debra Winger Terms of Endearment.
MacLaine has claimed that, in a previous life in Atlantis , she was the brother to a 35,year-old spirit named Ramtha channeled by American mystic teacher and author J. She has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics , the central theme of some of her best-selling books, including Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light.
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She has undertaken such forms of spiritual exploration as walking the Way of St. James , working with Chris Griscom ,  and practicing Transcendental Meditation. Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has also made its way into several of her films.
One of the lyrics was changed to "I'm feeling transcendental — am I here?
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In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing , she described alien encounters and witnessing a Washington, D. UFO incident in the s. MacLaine is godmother to the daughter of former Democratic U. Representative Dennis Kucinich. Along with her brother, Warren Beatty, MacLaine used her celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern 's campaign for president in In , she sparked criticism for her comments on Jews, Christians, and Stephen Hawking. MacLaine was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in December In , the government of France made her a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
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Shirley MacLaine. Richmond, Virginia , U. Steve Parker m. MacLaine, Shirley Don't Fall Off the Mountain. New York: W.
You Can Get There from Here. Out on a Limb. Dancing in the Light. New York: Bantam Books.
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