Shirley MacLaine, Famous Redhead: Biography with Photos and Videos
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.
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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:
- spiritual life
- sacred sites
- dreams & prophecy
- UFOs & phenomenon
- 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.
Shirley MacLaine Movies
Shirley MacLaine Books
Shirley MacLaine related items in the News
For the hub that begins the first of the redheaded series with links to all...click the link below.
- Frieda's Favorite Famous Redhead Comediennes Series
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