Theme Times – Shirley MacLaine

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Wikipedia Bio
YouTube Trailer Clips
Theme Times Directory
Shirley MacLaines’s Bio is dedicated to Jim Adams who has a strong admiration for her work.

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Shirley MacLaine By movie studio – ebay, Public Domain
Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American actress, singer, author, activist, and former dancer. Known for her portrayals of quirky, headstrong, eccentric women, MacLaine is the recipient of numerous accolades including an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, MacLaine made her acting debut as a teenager with minor roles in the Broadway musicals Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game. Following minor appearances as an understudy in various other productions, MacLaine made her film debut with Alfred Hitchcock’s black comedy The Trouble With Harry (1955), winning the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress.

She rose to prominence with starring roles in Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Some Came Running (1958), Ask Any Girl (1959), The Apartment (1960), The Children’s Hour (1961), Two for the Seesaw (1962), Irma la Douce (1963), and Sweet Charity (1969).

A six time Academy Award nominee, MacLaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment (1983). Her other prominent films include The Turning Point (1977), Being There (1979), Madame Sousatzka (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Evening Star (1996), Bewitched (2005), In Her Shoes (2006), Valentine’s Day (2010), and The Little Mermaid (2018).

MacLaine has been the recipient of many honorary awards. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, Gala Tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1995, and Kennedy Center Honor in 2013 for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts. In 1998, she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Apart from acting, MacLaine has written numerous books regarding the subjects of metaphysics, spirituality, reincarnation as well as a best-selling memoir Out on a Limb (1983).

The very first film l saw with Shirley MacLaine in was actually My Geisha 1962 and l saw this as a repeat on television one Sunday afternoon in 1979 and l was so taken with her, that l just had to try and watch as many films as l could with her in them, so the first films that l saw were as mentioned ‘My Geisha’, ‘The Trouble with Harry 1955’, ‘Around the World in 80 Days 1956’ and Can Can 1960. They were my first introductions to this witty actress. The last film l saw her in was Elsa & Fred 2014.

Below are 13 of my personal favourites of hers – now are you like, Jim Adams and myself a fan …. not?

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1 – The Trouble with Harry – 1955
Hilarious situations unfold after a dead body appears in the residence of a small hamlet. The locals start blaming themselves and each one comes up with a theory of being responsible for the death.
2 – Around the World in 80 Days – 1956
An English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, challenges his fellow members at the Reform Club that he will travel around the world in 80 days and sets out to prove his point.
3 – Can-Can – 1960
A perky owner, Simone, showcases a forbidden dance form in her night club, only to keep her business going. But, a judge, Philippe, decides to cease the illegal performances. Will he triumph?
4 – My Geisha – 1962
An actress plots an elaborate masquerade after learning that her husband isn’t planning to cast her in his latest film. The director doesn’t know her true identity, she is a Geisha.
5 – Irma la Douce – 1963
In Paris, an ex-cop falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.
6 – Sweet Charity -1969
Charity is a hostess at Fandango Ballroom and an optimistic female. After having her share of misfortunes with the men in her life she meets Oscar, who she feels she can spend her life with.
7 – Two Mules for Sister Mary – 1970
When gunslinger Hogan (Clint Eastwood) discovers a group of men attempting to rape a young nun, Sara (Shirley MacLaine), he shoots them dead and rescues the woman. The two escape to a nearby camp of Mexican revolutionaries, who have hired Hogan to help fight the invading French army. En route, Sara turns out to be surprisingly crude for a nun, drinking, smoking and using curse words. When she also proves to be handy with a gun, Hogan begins wondering if she is telling him the whole truth.
8 – Being There – 1979
A simple gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge except what he has learned from television.
9 – Guarding Tess – 1994
Doug, a secret service agent, gets assigned to protect Tess, a former first lady. Just when he’s had enough of her high-handedness she gets kidnapped. Now he must do whatever it takes to save her.
10 – Bewitched – 2005
Movie star Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) has hit a rough patch in his career. Looking to make a comeback, he signs on to play the role of Darrin in a movie version of the popular 1960s sitcom “Bewitched.” Jack insists that an unknown is hired to play Darrin’s better half, the beguiling witch-housewife Samantha, so the studio finds an up-and-comer named Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman). Once shooting begins, though, Jack learns that Isabel was cast too well — since she actually is a witch.
11 – Coco Chanel – 2008
The rags-to-riches tale charting the rise of one of the most influential fashion icons of the 20th century. From her humble childhood in a French orphanage, through her early days as a young dressmaker’s assistant, to her passionate and tragic love with a dashing Englishman, and ultimately to her success as a pioneering icon.
12 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 2013
A man living a dull life dreams up romantic and action-filled scenarios in order to escape from monotony. When his own job is threatened, he sets out on a real romantic and action-packed journey.
13 – Elsa & Fred – 2014
In New Orleans, a feisty retiree (Shirley MacLaine) and her new neighbor, an uptight widower (Christopher Plummer), discover that it’s never too late for true love and romance.

Bonus Too

Shirley MacLaine – Fan of her work or not?
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  1. Rory I know that I stated in your December 2020 game called 12 Bloggerz! That Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins and Glenn Close are my top five actors/actresses and I did post about The Trouble with Harry, but I think that you are giving me way to much credit here in your post. I saw all of the movies that you listed except Irma la Douce and Bewitched and I think it is great that you wrote the tribute to this 86 year old national treasure.

    1. Not at all Jim. The actors selected for this Season of Theme Times are accredited to the selectors that is all 🙂

      Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron and today Shirley MacLaine were all selected by those who took part in that particular episode of 12 Bloggerz.


  2. I’m a fan. Guarding Tess is funny! And I love Children’s Hour. Excellent cast. And Steel Magnolias has a great cast too. Makes me cry every time I watch it though…🙄

    Have you done Meryl Streep? Her bio I mean😘😲😂😂😂


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