Shirley MacLaine, Famous Redhead: Biography with Photos and Videos

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine

 

I have put together in this series a list (by no means complete) of some of the most influential redheaded comediennes in my life. They've made me laugh. They've stuck in my brain. I think of them often. No one can do what they have done in the way that they've done it. I search out movies and shows that they have been in.

Each series will have a line of hubs, each dedicated to a different Frieda's favorite famous comedienne. And each line with have a feed to the rest them and a matching graphic (redhead, brunette, and blonde).

I sincerely hope that all of you enjoye this series as each hub comes out. Let me know if there are any you're looking forward to. Comments always welcome.

Enjoy.

Feel free to thumbs up any articles from this series you like! Frieda loves it when you let her know you lover her.

 

 

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Elvis Presley
Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Elvis Presley
Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaine
Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine as Endora - Bewitched 2005
Shirley MacLaine as Endora - Bewitched 2005

Shirley Maclaine

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty, in Richmond, Virgina in 1934 on April 24th (Taurus). Shirley Beaty was named after Shirley Temple. (She was born six years one day after Shirley Temple, who had already, at the age of 6, received great fame and celebrity status.) And yes, Shirley Beaty's brother (younger) is none other than Warren Beaty.

Like Carol Burnette, MacLaine's acting (movie/television) career began in 1955, when she starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry.

To date she has been in 60 films, and a number of Broadway productions, TV shows, etc. Her favorite actor to work with? She can't pick just one; it's a tie between the two Jacks - Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson. She loves them both dearly. Her latest work was in 2008, where she played Coco Channel in the movie of the same title, and matriarch Amelia Thomas in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a television film for CTV (who now owns the rights to ALL of the Anne of Green Gables catalogue).

Upon winning her first Oscar as Best Actress for her work in Terms of Endearment she laughingly said, "I deserve this." Many think she was joking, but quite frankly, I know that she knew she deserved it. She deserved every award she received, and then some. Her dedication to everything she puts her mind to is an inspiration to say the least.

Shirley is known for her acting, spirituality, and political persona's equally. She published her first book, Don't Fall Off the Mountain, in 1970, the first of many. She was also actively involved in Robert Kennedy's 1968, and in George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaigns; though her political activity did not stop there.

She's made people laugh, she's made people cry. Her personality, spunk, determination and smarts puts her in the lead for anything she sets her mind to. She's unpredictable, yet balanced. Strong in heart, and strong in mind. She's faught for what she believed, every step of the way, and still does, all the while with a great sense of humor.

In 2000, Shirley launched her own website called ShirleyMacLaine.com where her motto is "Life is a Bowl of Cherries.... Never Mind the Pits." Here you'll find information on:

  • astrology
  • numerology
  • spiritual life
  • aging
  • health
  • sacred sites
  • dreams & prophecy
  • UFOs & phenomenon
  • environment
  • reincarnation
  • pet pages

She'll show you a sample, but you'll need to be a member if you want the following, and no, it's not expensive, and costs half for students, senior citizens, and overseas users:

  • The Shirley Gram (monthly newsletter)
  • IER (Independent Expression Radio) - Shirley interviews some fascinating people here
  • Cooking in the Lite Radio, and Cooking on the Lite Newsletter (clever names)
  • Chat room access
  • Behind the Scenes with the Shirley Cam (watch clips from her real life and from her performances)
  • Member discounts, deals, and promotions to shop Shirley's world, where you'll find her very own jewelry designs, books, and other products.
  • More member benefits coming soon

And there will be more from Shirley Maclain for all of us to relish. She's not done yet.

Now lets watch as she makes us laugh. Enjoy the clips.

Shirley MacLaine & Jerry Lewis - My Innamorata. This one is my favorite scene.

Artists and Models: The Fat Lady, The Bat Lady.

Shirley MacLaine played in Artists and Models with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

Here, she is Bat Lady. Well, she models for the artist who draws Bat Lady for a comic book. Her sagitarius is rising and her Jupiter is jumpin' in this clip from the movie Artists and Models.

Shirley Maclain and Jack Lemmon in The Apartment, 1960 by Billy Wilder

Shirley MacLaine shills for George McGovern, 1972. Perhaps one of her allures is the fact that she's brilliant on screen AND off...

I think the host here is a bit taken with her. He's pretty nervous if you ask me.

Shirley MacLaine in Sweet Charity

Shirley MacLaine is Sweet Charity in the Broadway musical of the same name. With hits like "Big Spender" and "If they could see me now", this was a must see.

Saved the best for last. "I am pleasant!"

I've saved the best for last. Didn't think there could be a better clip than innamorata? Guess again. Thanks to KCC Big Country, one of my favorite hubbers here on HubPages, who found this great clip for us all to enjoy. This is a role that won Shirley a Golden Globe in 1984 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.

Shirley often played a b****. Blunt and do as I please. She was fantastic at it. I don't think anyone can stop laughing when she does. Shirley MacLaine proves to the world that not only can you can be loud, mean and dramatic and hysterical all at the same time, but that nasty old bags can have a soft soft heart. Her characters have depth. They make you laugh, they make you cry, they make you feel, they somehow or other give you strength... and make you fall in love with her time and again. Oh Shirley, how we do love you.

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graphic by Frieda Babbley c 2009
graphic by Frieda Babbley c 2009

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

LOL Love the Shirley and Jerry Innamorata! Do you and PM do this at home?? Gosh she was, and still is, a beauty! Thanks Frieda!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

My favorite of her roles was in Steel Magnolias when she played Quiser Boudreaux. She is hilarious in that role! Another great hub, Frieda!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hey Candie. I know! Isn't she gorgeous?!  Well, I suppose it is a bit like that over here.  okay, it used to be, when I was a bit more energetic.  Now it's just half assed.  =D


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi KCC. Yes! I was looking for a good clip of her in that but couldn't find one i liked yet. I'll add one in if I do. If you see one, let me know.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Oh cool! Much much much thanks KCC! Will check those out. Find anything better, just let me know and I'll exchange it.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Well a half assed dance of seduction is better than "HEY GIMME A BEER!" LOL!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

This is very true, Candie. Very true. :<D


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Oh, I would love to see her in Anne of Green Gables! Am actually re-reading Anne of Avonlea right now and am quite enchanted! But I'm digressing...Shirley MacLaine has a such a quirky face, you want to smile right along with her. I enjoyed all her books too - such an unusual woman!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Isn't she though? She's so well rounded as a person. She loves to travel too. She couldn't stay put for a television series. I'd love to watch her on Anne of Green Gables too. I wonder when it's airing again or if they have it on dvd at all.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Shirley MacLaine is one woman I'd love to meet, not because of her acting and dancing, but the whole gammit of who she is as a person. She has a spark that is awesome.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

She really is Jewels. Don't you wish you could just give her a call and say, "Hi, wanna go out to lunch?"


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Totally. Yes, I'd love to have coffee or lunch with her. Exactly what I'd like. If she happens to read you and she invites you, please remember your friends!


ralwus 7 years ago

I love her and pairing her with Jack N. was brilliant, also loved her humor in the Magnolia role. funny woman, in more ways than one too.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Jewels, lol I certainly will remember my friends. you'll be my number one invite!

Mr. Walrus, totally brilliant. I'd love to see them in another movie. They didn't work together enough. I wonder why directors didn't pair them up more often.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

What a woman - something I've never been able to get used to is the fact that Warren (wow) Beatty and she are siblings! So wonderful in their own ways and yet sooo different! Love all the clips Frieda - and just love your little redhead graphic :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks for the mention, Frieda! Glad I could help you find the Ouiser clip from Steel Magnolias. She was too funny in that role!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Shalini, yeah, isn't that strange. They are so very different. Thanks and glad you love this

KCC You're very welcome, thank YOU! Perfect clip. I remember that scene so well! Wasn't she just the best in that? What a movie.


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Jeff May 7 years ago from St. Louis

I've never understood exactly why, but my wife loved her in "Two Mules for Sister Sara" where she is a prostitute disguised as a nun. As an elementary school student who had many interactions with nuns, I not sure how to reconcile the nun/prostitute paradox.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hey Jeff. I remember that was a very popular one! I know what you mean, but Shirley can do the impossible and make it believable. It is quite a paradox, though, lol.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks Health Tip. Omg you are so lucky!!! How cool is that? How did you get her address? I want one too! Wow.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Health Tip, thanks for the link! And thanks for mentioning Sweet Charity. I'll get a clip in here of that asap!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Yeah, I'm pretty fast, lol. If you know of another one you'd like me to add of Sweet Charity, let me know. You're most welcome. Thanks for the request!


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I love Shirley. I loved her the most in Terms of Endearment. I cry every time I watch it. Thank you for reminding me of this truly great woman. Im off to her website now, and you have a new fan.


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi Lisa. She was truly excellent in that, wasn't she? I know. I can't watch it very often because I cry entirely too hard. You're so welcome, and thank YOU so much for coming by and checking this out. Much appreciated.


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Leighsue 4 years ago

Shes a really good actress. Love her with Jack Nicholson


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

They do make a really great match, don't they. I totally have to agree with you there.

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