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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an American film and theater actress, dancer, activist, and author, well-known for her beliefs in new age spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career. In 1983, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Terms of Endearment. She is the elder sister of actor Warren Beatty. Named after Shirley Temple, MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a drama teacher born in Nova Scotia, Canada; MacLaine's grandparents were also teachers. The family was devoutly Baptist. While she was still a child, MacLaine's father moved the family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington, Virginia and Waverly, eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. Shirley had very weak ankles as a child, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class. Strongly motivated by ballet throughout her youth, she never missed a class.

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John Travolta Resurfaces

John Travolta
Resurfaces

John Travolta made the trek to Sony Studios Thursday night ... to honor Shirley MacLaine at the AFI awards.It's the first time we've seen him since allegations by several masseurs who claim he… READ MORE >

Tori Amos: Shirley, You Jest!

Tori Amos: Shirley, You Jest!

Here's the latest incarnation of singer/songwriter Tori Amos, 45, at a concert in London on Monday (left) -- and acting legend Shirley MacLaine, 75, at an event last year (right).One of them is… READ MORE >

- 1801 days ago
MacLaine on Past Lives -- Shirley You're Joking

MacLaine on Past Lives -- Shirley You're Joking

Our photog asked if he knew Shirley MacLaine from "another life" -- but the woman who once said she hooked up with Charlemagne and his reincarnation acted like the cameraman was the one talking… READ MORE >

- 1837 days ago
NKOTB Still Got It (The Right Stuff)

NKOTB Still Got It
(The Right Stuff)

With a tour on the horizon, the New Kids on the Block were all hard at work on their new video shoot this weekend. // Also in L.A.: Wynona Ryder hid her face, Shirley MacLaine got lost,… READ MORE >

- 2166 days ago
MacLaine Drops the F-Bomb

MacLaine Drops the F-Bomb

Shirley MacLaine is one dirty mouthed granny. insertBCSinglePlayer(1460768492);After shutting down TMZ's questions about would-have-been co-star Lindsay Lohan, Heather Mills and Britney Spears,… READ MORE >

- 2220 days ago
Shirley MacLaine: Workout on a Limb?

Shirley MacLaine: Workout on a Limb?

When you're one of the greatest actresses of a generation, you can wear anything you want. But perhaps not all at once. Shirley MacLaine, 73, star of "What a Way to Go!", was seen in Malibu… READ MORE >

- 2303 days ago
We're Just Sayin'

We're Just Sayin'

Is beautiful 73-year-old living legend Shirley MacLaine channeling Pearl from "227," as played by the late Helen Martin?Shirley was snapped looking ravishing at a Project Angel Food awards banquet… READ MORE >

- 2425 days ago
Has Lindsay Scared the Bejesus Out of Shirley?

Has Lindsay
Scared the Bejesus Out of Shirley?

Lindsay Lohan's weekend antics may just have cost her a plum role with Shirley MacLaine, TMZ has learned.According to MacLaine's rep, there's actually "no deal" in place for Lohan to act in "Poor… READ MORE >

- 2515 days ago
Shirley MacLaine -- Reincarnated Chinese Soldier

Shirley MacLaine -- Reincarnated Chinese Soldier

Shirley MacLaine (left), age 73, was seen walking down the street in Malibu. The terracotta soldier (right), age 1,873, was found in China inside the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi. Coincidence? We're… READ MORE >

- 2527 days ago

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