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SHIRLEY MacLAINE (Ella Hirsch) has starred in almost 50 motion pictures, countless television specials, her own mini-series and on the Broadway stage. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1984 for "Terms of Endearment," after receiving nominations for "Some Came Running," "The Apartment," "Irma La Douce," "Turning Point," and, as a producer of "The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir," which she also co-directed. Among her numerous international accolades, she has received 10 Golden Globe Awards, two Venice Film Festival Awards, two Silver Bear Awards from the Berlin Film Festival and in 1999, was presented with Berlin's Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her television appearances have brought her five Emmy Awards, among many nominations for her six musical television specials. "The Shirley MacLaine Special" won her the Golden Rose in Montreaux.

MacLaine made her motion picture debut in 1955 in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry," followed by "Around the World in 80 Days," "The Matchmaker," "Ask Any Girl," "Ocean's Eleven," "Can-Can," "Two Loves," "The Children's Hour," "Two for the Seesaw," "What a Way to Go!," "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home," "The Yellow Rolls-Royce," "Gambit," "Woman Times Seven," "Sweet Charity," "Two Mules for Sister Sara," "The Possession of Joel Delaney," "Being There," "A Change of Seasons," "Madame Sousatzka," "Steel Magnolias," "Postcards from the Edge," "Used People," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Guarding Tess," "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Evening Star," among others. More recently, she starred in the Miramax film, "Carolina."

In 1999, she made her directorial debut and starred in the critically-acclaimed independent film "Bruno" with Kathy Bates, Gary Sinese, Jennifer Tilly, Brett Butler and 10-year old Alex Linz in the title role of a boy whose sense of individuality wins him the respect of his peers.

MacLaine starred in her first motion picture for television in 1995, pairing with Liza Minnelli in the Ernest Thompson screenplay based on his hit play, "West Side Waltz." Among her additional television credits, she played a key cameo in the lavish CBS mini-series "Joan of Arc," and in 2001, she united with three other icons of the screen, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins, in the comedy entitled "These Old Broads,” written by Carrie Fisher which aired on ABC. In 2002, she starred in the CBS mini-series "The True Story of the Salem Witch Trials.” Most recently, she starred in the title role of famed cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash in the CBS telefilm "Hell on Heels: the Battle of Mary Kay."

Shirley MacLaine was born in Richmond, Virginia, and was raised in Arlington, Virginia, by her real estate broker/musician father and housewife-painter-actress mother. A dancer at heart, she was taking ballet lessons at the age of two-and-a-half and by the time she was a student in high school, she was spending her summers dancing in New York chorus lines.

MacLaine was thrust into stardom when she was the understudy for Carol Haney on Broadway in "The Pajama Game." When Haney broke her ankle, MacLaine went on, drawing the attention of legendary film producer Hal Wallis who was in the audience and immediately signed her to a Paramount Pictures contract. In l974 she returned to the stage starring in a one-woman musical revue "If They Could See Me Now," which played to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and theatres throughout the country as well as highly successful tours of major cities throughout the world. The show was later adapted into an Emmy-winning CBS television special. She subsequently starred in two additional television specials: "The American Spirit" and "Gypsy in My Soul" which also received an Emmy.

In 1995, MacLaine's dancing and singing revue, "Out There Tonight,” was sold-out during its American tour. She later took the show to Japan


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