Shirley MacLean Beaty
April 24, 1934
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
(m. 1954; div. 1982)
|Relatives||Warren Beatty (brother)|
Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American actress and author. Known for her portrayals of quirky, strong-willed and eccentric women, she has received numerous accolades over her seven-decade career, including an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, two BAFTA Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Volpi Cups and two Silver Bears. She has been honored with the Film Society of Lincoln Center Tribute in 1995, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2013.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, MacLaine made her acting debut as a teenager with minor roles in the Broadway musicals Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game. She 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), 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), In Her Shoes (2005), Bernie (2011), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Elsa & Fred (2014), and Noelle (2019).
MacLaine starred in the sitcom Shirley's World (1971–1972) and played the eponymous fashion designer in the biopic television film Coco Chanel (2008), receiving nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award for the latter. She also made appearances in several television series, including Downton Abbey (2012–2013), Glee (2014), and Only Murders in the Building (2022). MacLaine has written numerous books regarding the subjects of metaphysics, spirituality, and reincarnation, as well as a best-selling memoir, Out on a Limb (1983).
Early life and education
Named after child actress Shirley Temple (who was 6 years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born on April 24, 1934, in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and a real estate agent. Her Canadian mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a drama teacher from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. MacLaine's younger brother is the actor, writer, and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname for his career. In religion, their parents raised them as Baptists. Her uncle (her mother's brother-in-law) was A. A. MacLeod, a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the 1940s. While MacLaine was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington and Waverly, then back to Arlington eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in 1945. MacLaine played baseball on an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs, which earned her the nickname "Powerhouse". During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.
As a toddler, she had weak ankles and fell 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. This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces such as 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 perfect her 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. Also slowly realizing ballet's propensity to be all-consuming, and ultimately limiting, she moved on to other forms of dancing, acting and musical theater.
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! After she graduated, she returned and was in the dancing ensemble of the Broadway production of Me and Juliet (1953–1954). Afterwards she became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in The Pajama Game; in May 1954 Haney injured her ankle during a Wednesday matinee, and MacLaine replaced her. A few months later, with Haney still injured, film producer Hal B. Wallis saw MacLaine's performance, and signed her to work for Paramount Pictures.
MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. This led to MacLaine quickly rising to stardom during the later years of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Trouble with Harry was quickly followed by her role in the Martin and Lewis film Artists and Models (also 1955). Soon afterwards, she had a role in Around the World in 80 Days (1956) which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This was followed by Hot Spell and a leading role in Some Came Running (both 1958); for the latter film, she gained her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1960, MacLaine starred in Billy Wilder's romance film The Apartment (1960). It is set in the Upper West Side, and follows an insurance clerk (Jack Lemmon), who allows his co-workers to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. He is attracted to the insurance company's elevator operator (MacLaine), who is already having an affair with Baxter's boss (Fred MacMurray). A blend of romantic drama and comedy, the film received ten Academy Award nominations, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction (Black and White) and Best Film Editing. Despite being the odds-on favorite, MacLaine failed to win the Best Actress award. She later said, "I thought I would win for The Apartment, but then, Elizabeth Taylor [who won] had a tracheotomy." The film, which Roger Ebert included in his 2001 Great Movies list, has become MacLaine's signature role. Charlize Theron, speaking at the 89th Academy Awards, praised MacLaine's performance as "raw and real and funny", and as making "this black and white movie feel like it's in color".
She starred in The Children's Hour (1961), also starring Audrey Hepburn and James Garner, based on the play by Lillian Hellman, and directed by William Wyler. She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce (1963), which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon.
MacLaine devoted all pages in her first memoir, Don't Fall Off the Mountain (1970), to a 1963 incident in which she had marched into the Los Angeles office of The Hollywood Reporter and punched columnist Mike Connolly in the mouth. She was angered by what he had said in his column about her ongoing contractual dispute with producer Hal Wallis, who had introduced her to the movie industry in 1954 and whom she eventually sued successfully for violating the terms of their contract. The incident with Connolly garnered a headline on the cover of the New York Post on June 11, 1963. The full story appeared on page 5 under the headline “Shirley Delivers A Punchy Line” with the byline Bernard Lefkowitz.
At the peak of her success, she replaced Marilyn Monroe in two projects in which Monroe had planned, at the end of her life, to star: Irma la Douce (1963) and What a Way to Go! (1964). MacLaine worked with Michael Caine in Gambit (1966).
In 1969, MacLaine starred in the film version of the musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse, and based on the script for Fellini's Nights of Cabiria released a decade earlier. Gwen Verdon, who originated the role onstage, had hoped to play Charity in the film version, however MacLaine won the role due to her name being more well known to audiences at the time. Verdon signed on as assistant choreographer, helping teach MacLaine the dances and leading the camera through some of the more intricate routines. MacLaine received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical nomination. The film, while not a financial success, launched Fosse's film directing career with his next film being Cabaret (1972).
MacLaine was cast as a photojournalist in a short-lived television sitcom, Shirley's World (1971–1972), co-produced by Sheldon Leonard and ITC and shot in the United Kingdom. Her documentary film The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), co-directed with Claudia Weill, concentrates on the experiences of women in China. It was nominated for the year's Documentary Feature Oscar. In 1976, MacLaine appeared in a series of concerts at the London Palladium and New York's Palace Theatre. The latter of these was released as the live album Shirley MacLaine Live at the Palace. Co-starring with Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977), MacLaine portrayed a retired ballerina much like herself; she was nominated for an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 1978, 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 1979 she starred alongside Peter Sellers in Hal Ashby's satirical film Being There. The film revolves around Chance (Sellers), a simpleminded, sheltered gardener, who becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics, after his wealthy old boss dies. The film received widespread acclaim with Roger Ebert writing that he admired the film "for having the guts to take this totally weird concept and push it to its ultimate comic conclusion". MacLaine received a British Academy Film Award, and Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.
In 1980, MacLaine starred in A Change of Seasons (1980) alongside Anthony Hopkins. The two did not get along and the film was not a success due to what critics faulted as the screenplay. MacLaine however did receive positive notices from critics. Vincent Canby wrote in his The New York Times review that the film "exhibits no sense of humor and no appreciation for the ridiculous … the screenplay [is] often dreadful … the only appealing performance is Miss MacLaine's, and she's too good to be true. A Change of Seasons does prove one thing, though. A farce about characters who've been freed of their conventional obligations quickly becomes aimless."
In 1983, MacLaine starred in James L. Brooks's comedy-drama film Terms of Endearment (1983) playing Debra Winger's mother. The film focuses on the strained relationship between mother and daughter over 30 years. The film also starred Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film was a major critical and commercial success, grossing $108.4 million at the domestic box office and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1983. The film received a leading eleven nominations at the 56th Academy Awards, and won five including Best Picture. MacLaine earned her first Academy Award for her performance.
MacLaine has continued to star in major films, such as the family southern drama Steel Magnolias (1989) directed by Herbert Ross and also starring with Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Dolly Parton. The film focuses around a bond that a group of women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of a loved one. The film was a box office success earning $96.8 million off a budget of $15 million. MacLaine received a British Academy Film Award for her performance. She starred in Mike Nichols' film Postcards from the Edge (1990), with Meryl Streep, playing a fictionalized version of Debbie Reynolds from a screenplay by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher. Fisher wrote the screenplay based on her book. MacLaine received another Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.
MacLaine continued to act in films such as Used People (1992), with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates; Guarding Tess (1994), with Nicolas Cage; Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser; The Evening Star (1996); Rumor Has It…(2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston; In Her Shoes (also 2005), with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and Closing the Ring (2007), directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer. She would later reunite with Plummer in the 2014 comedy film Elsa & Fred directed by Michael Radford. In 2000, she made her first (and only) feature-film directorial debut, and starred in Bruno (with Alex D. Linz), which was released to video as The Dress Code. In 2011, MacLaine starred in Richard Linklater's dark comedy film Bernie alongside Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey.
MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects, including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb; The Salem Witch Trials; These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins. In 2009, she starred in Coco Before Chanel, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel which earned her Primetime Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award nominations. She appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the British drama Downton Abbey as Martha Levinson, mother to Cora, Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern), and Harold Levinson (played by Paul Giamatti) in 2012–2013.
In 2016, MacLaine starred in Wild Oats with Jessica Lange. She starred in the live-action family film The Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, in 2018. In 2022, she returned to television in the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building.
MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi. Their daughter said that when she was in her late twenties, her mother revealed her belief that an astronaut named Paul was Sachi's real father, not Steve Parker.
In April 2011, 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 also told Winfrey that she often fell for the leading men she worked with, the exceptions being Jack Lemmon (The Apartment, Irma la Douce) and Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment). MacLaine also had long-running affairs with Lord Mountbatten, whom she met in the 1960s, and Australian politician and two-time Liberal leader Andrew Peacock.
MacLaine has also gotten into feuds with such 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).
She has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics, which are the central themes of some of her best-selling books, including Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. Her spiritual explorations include walking the Way of St. James, working with Chris Griscom, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.
The topic of New Age spirituality has also found its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks's romantic comedy Defending Your Life (1991), the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the "Past Lives Pavilion"; in Postcards from the Edge (1990), MacLaine sings a version of "I'm Still Here", with lyrics customized for her by composer Stephen Sondheim (for example, one line in the lyrics was changed to "I'm feeling transcendental – am I here?"); and in the 2001 television movie These Old Broads, MacLaine's character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.
She has an interest in UFOs, and gave numerous interviews on CNN, NBC and Fox news channels on the subject during 2007–08. In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing (2007), she described having alien encounters and witnessing a Washington, D.C. UFO incident in the 1950s. On an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 2011, MacLaine stated that she and her neighbor had observed numerous UFOs at her New Mexico ranch for extended periods of time.
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 1972. That year, she wrote the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs. She appeared at her brother's concerts Four for McGovern and Together for McGovern, and she joined with Sid Bernstein to produce the woman-focused Star-Spangled Women for McGovern–Shriver variety show at Madison Square Garden. So much of her time was spent away from acting in 1972 that her talent agent threatened to quit; she turned down film projects and spent $250,000 of her own money on political activism, equivalent to $1,749,000 in 2022.
On February 7, 2013, Penguin Group USA published Sachi Parker's autobiography Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine. MacLaine has called the book "virtually all fiction".
In 2015, MacLaine sparked criticism for her comments on Jews, Christians, and Stephen Hawking. She claimed that victims of the Holocaust were experiencing the results of their own karma, and suggested that Hawking had subconsciously caused himself to develop ALS in order to focus better on physics.
In 1966, 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 Broadway musical Bloomer Girl based on the life of Amelia Bloomer, a mid-nineteenth century feminist, suffragist, and abolitionist, that was to be filmed in Hollywood. Instead, Fox gave MacLaine one week to accept their offer of the female dramatic lead in the Western Big Country, Big Man to be filmed in Australia. The case was decided in MacLaine's favor, and affirmed on appeal by the California Supreme Court in 1970; the case is discussed in many law-school textbooks as an example of employment-contract law.
|1955||The Trouble with Harry||Jennifer Rogers|
|Artists and Models||Bessie Sparrowbrush|
|1956||Around the World in 80 Days||Princess Aouda|
|1958||Some Came Running||Ginnie Moorehead|
|The Sheepman||Dell Payton|
|Hot Spell||Virginia Duval|
|The Matchmaker||Irene Molloy|
|1959||Ask Any Girl||Meg Wheeler|
|1960||Ocean's 11||Tipsy woman||Uncredited cameo|
|The Apartment||Fran Kubelik|
|1961||The Children's Hour||Martha Dobie|
|All in a Night's Work||Katie Robbins|
|Two Loves||Anna Vorontosov|
|1962||Two for the Seesaw||Gittel Mosca|
|My Geisha||Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori|
|1963||Irma la Douce||Irma la Douce|
|1964||The Yellow Rolls-Royce||Mae Jenkins|
|What a Way to Go!||Louisa May Foster|
|1965||John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!||Jenny Erichson|
|1967||Woman Times Seven||Paulette/Maria Teresa/Linda/
|1968||The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom||Harriet Blossom|
|1969||Sweet Charity||Charity Hope Valentine|
|1970||Two Mules for Sister Sara||Sara|
|1971||Desperate Characters||Sophie Bentwood|
|1972||The Possession of Joel Delaney||Norah Benson|
|1975||The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir||Herself||Documentary; also writer, co-director, producer|
|1977||The Turning Point||Deedee Rodgers|
|1979||Being There||Eve Rand|
|1980||A Change of Seasons||Karyn Evans|
|1981||Sois belle et tais-toi (Be Pretty and Shut Up)||Herself||Documentary by Delphine Seyrig|
|1983||Terms of Endearment||Aurora Greenway|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Veronica|
|1988||Madame Sousatzka||Madame Yuvline Sousatzka|
|1989||Steel Magnolias||Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux|
|1990||Postcards from the Edge||Doris Mann|
|Waiting for the Light||Aunt Zena|
|1991||Defending Your Life||Shirley MacLaine|
|1992||Used People||Pearl Berman|
|1993||Wrestling Ernest Hemingway||Helen Cooney|
|1994||Guarding Tess||Tess Carlisle|
|1996||The Evening Star||Aurora Greenway|
|Mrs. Winterbourne||Grace Winterbourne|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Martha||Uncredited|
|2000||The Dress Code||Helen||Also director|
|2003||Carolina||Grandma Millicent Mirabeau|
|2005||Rumor Has It…||Katharine Richelieu|
|In Her Shoes||Ella Hirsch|
|2007||Closing the Ring||Ethel Ann Harris|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Estelle Paddington|
|2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Edna Mitty|
|2014||Elsa & Fred||Elsa Hayes|
|2017||The Last Word||Harriett Lauler|
|2018||The Little Mermaid||Grandmother Eloise|
|2019||Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver||Mrs. Grindtooth||Voice (English version)|
|2022||American Dreamer||Astrid Fanelli|
|1955||Shower of Stars||Herself||2 episodes|
|1976||Gypsy in my Soul||Herself||Television special with Lucille Ball|
|1971–1972||Shirley's World||Shirley Logan||17 episodes|
|1977||The Shirley MacLaine Special: Where Do We Go From Here?||Herself||Television special|
|1979||Shirley MacLaine at the Lido||Herself||Television special|
|1987||Out on a Limb||Herself||Television film|
|1995||The West Side Waltz||Margaret Mary Elderdice||Television film|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||Narrator||Episode: "The Nutcracker"|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Madame de Beaurevoir||2 episodes|
|2001||These Old Broads||Kate Westbourne||Television film|
|2002||Salem Witch Trials||Rebecca Nurse|
|2002||Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay||Mary Kay|
|2008||Coco Chanel||Coco Chanel|
|2008||Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning||Amelia Thomas|
|2012–2013||Downton Abbey||Martha Levinson||3 episodes|
|2014||Glee||June Dolloway||2 episodes|
|2016||A Heavenly Christmas||Pearl||Television film|
|2022||Only Murders in the Building||Leonora Folger / Rose Cooper||2 episodes|
|1953||Me and Juliet||Dance Ensemble||Majestic Theatre, Broadway|||
|1954||The Pajama Game||Dancer/Gladys||Shubert Theatre, Broadway|
|1976||Shirley MacLaine||Herself||Palace Theatre, Broadway|
|1984||Shirley MacLaine on Broadway||Herself||Gershwin Theatre, Broadway|
Honors and legacy
- In 1960 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street.
- In 1999 was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
- In 2011, the government of France made her a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
- In 2013, MacLaine was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
- In 2017 MacLaine was featured in a segment in which Charlize Theron praised her for her work in The Apartment during the 2017 Academy Awards telecast. She later presented the Academy Award for Best International Film of the year alongside Theron.
- In 2019 she won the Movies for Grown Ups with AARP the Magazine's Life Time Achievement Award.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1970). Don't Fall Off the Mountain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-07338-6.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1972). McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-05341-8.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1975). You Can Get There from Here. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-07489-5.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1983). Out on a Limb. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-553-05035-6.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1986). Dancing in the Light. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-76196-2.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1987). It's All in the Playing. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-05217-6.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1990). Going Within: A Guide to Inner Transformation. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-055-328-3310.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1991). Dance While You Can. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-07607-3.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1995). My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-09717-7.
- MacLaine, Shirley (2000). The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7434-0072-5. (Published in Europe as: MacLaine, Shirley (2001). The Camino: A Pilgrimage of Courage. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-0921-3.)
- MacLaine, Shirley (2003). Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7434-8506-7.
- MacLaine, Shirley (2007). Sage-ing While Age-ing. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4165-5041-9.
- MacLaine, Shirley (2011). I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions. New York: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4516-0729-1.
- MacLaine, Shirley (2013). What If...: A lifetime of questions, speculations, reasonable guesses, and a few things I know for sure. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-47113-139-4.
- MacLaine, Shirley (2016). Above the Line: My 'Wild Oats' Adventure. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1501136412.
- Walsh, John (September 1, 2012). "Shirley MacLaine: Tough at the top". The Independent. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
- Gary Boyd Roberts (Revised April 18, 2008) #83 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: A Third Set of Ten Hollywood Figures (or Groups Thereof), with a Coda on Two Directors. New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Kohn, David; Mike Wallace (May 16, 2000). "Shirley MacLaine's Recent Lives". 60 Minutes. CBS News. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- "The religion of Warren Beatty, actor, director". Adherents.com. August 30, 2005. Archived from the original on November 19, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
- Suzanne Finstad (October 24, 2006). Warren Beatty: A Private Man. Three Rivers Press. p. 396. ISBN 9780307345295. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Peter Biskind (May 13, 2010). Star: The Life and Wild Times of Warren Beatty. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781847378392. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Laura Trieschmann; Paul Weishar & Anna Stillner (May 2011). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Dominion Hills Historic District" (PDF).
- Denis, Christopher (1980). The films of Shirley MacLaine. Citadel Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-8065-0693-7. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- MacLaine, Shirley (November 1, 1996). My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-553-57233-9. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- "Shirley MacLaine Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- Shirley MacLaine at the Internet Broadway Database
- Finstad, Suzanne, Warren Beatty: A Private Man (2005, NY, Random House) page 106. The exact nature of Haney's injury - a sprain, a torn ligament, a break, a fracture - varies from source to source.
- "Social Media Gushes Over Shirley MacLaine After Oscars Appearance". TheWrap. February 26, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
- MacLaine, Shirley (1970). Don't Fall Off the Mountain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-0-393-07338-6.
- Hanrihan v. Parker, 19 Misc. 2d 467, 469 (N.Y. Misc. 1959).
- Lefkowitz, Bernard (June 11, 1963). “Shirley Delivers A Punchy Line.” New York Post
- "Sweet Charity". TCM.com. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
- Patrick McGilligan, Clint: The Life and Legend (1999), p. 182
- "Shirley MacLaine - Live at the Palace at Discogs". discogs.com. 1976. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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- "Past Recipients of Crystal Award". wif.org. Archived from the original on June 30, 2011.
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- O'Connell, Michael (January 30, 2012). "'Downton Abbey' Adds Shirley MacLaine for Season 3". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
- Itzkoff, Dave (March 3, 2013). "Shirley MacLaine to Return to 'Downton Abbey', but Others Are Leaving the Series". The New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
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- Craig, Jo (June 28, 2022). "Only Murders in the Building fans praise Shirley MacLaine's guest spot". HITC. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
- Parker, Sachi (December 3, 2013). Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine. Avery Publishing. p. 207. ISBN 9781592407880.
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- Shukla, Srijan (August 25, 2019). "The private lives of the Mountbattens — Open marriage, flings and paedophilia".
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- Farha, Bryan (2007). A Critical Analysis; Paranormal Claims. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-7618-3772-5.
- Chryssides, George D. (2001). The A to Z of New Religious Movements. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-8108-5588-5.
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- "Maharishi Mahesh Yogi". Los Angeles Times. February 6, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
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