THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
The illustrious career of SHIRLEY MacLAINE (Edna) comprises
more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award win and six
nominations, six Emmy Awards nominations, seven Golden Globe Awards - including
the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award - and the title of international
best-selling author. MacLaine was honored with the prestigious American Film
Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in June of 2012. She was recently seen in
Richard Linklater's Bernie starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey; and as
Lady Cora's mother on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series from Julian
Fellowes, Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern. MacLaine
was also seen on stage during her one-woman show tour as it hits cities across
the globe, combining a montage of memorable film moments with private
revelations about her extraordinary life, career, and spiritual journey.
In the fall of 2011, MacLaine received France's most prestigious cultural
award, the Legion of Honor, presented by France's Minister of Culture and
Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, at the French Cinematheque. She released her
best-selling book Sage-Ing While Age-Ing in 2008, followed by her latest New
York Times bestseller, I'm Over All That - And Other Confessions, released on
April 5th, 2011. She has appeared in the ensemble film, Valentine's Day and the
Lifetime made-for-TV movie Coco Chanel, for which she was nominated for a Golden
Globe and SAG Award.
MacLaine made her professional debut dancing in a Broadway revival of
Oklahoma! in the 1950s. Her first film appearance was in Alfred Hitchcock's The
Trouble With Harry, earning her a Golden Globe Award for "New Star of the Year -
Actress" in 1955. At the same time, she starred in Some Come Running, which led
to her first Academy Award nomination and an additional Golden Globe nomination.
She also starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in The Children's Hour, based on a
play by Lillian Hellman. MacLaine received a second Oscar nomination for her
work in the award winning film, The Apartment, co-starring Jack Lemmon and
directed by Billy Wilder. She reunited with Lemmon and Wilder for Irma La Douce
in 1963, earning yet another Academy Award nomination.
In 1975, MacLaine received her fourth Oscar nomination, this time for best
documentary as a producer and star of The Other Half Of The Sky: A China Memoir.
Two years later, she was once again nominated for her starring role in The
Turning Point. In 1983, MacLaine finally won an Oscar for her work in Terms Of
Endearment. Later, she also received a Golden Globe Award for her 1989
performance in Madame Sousatzka. MacLaine was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille
Golden Globe Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998.
MacLaine's additional credits include notable films such as Steel Magnolias
with Julia Roberts, Postcards From The Edge with Meryl Streep, In Her Shoes with
Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, and Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin
MacLaine's television credits include the telefilms, These Old Broads,
Carolina and Salem Witch Trials. She also starred in the CBS miniseries, Hell On
Heels: The Battle Of Mary Kay, the life story of the cosmetics queen Mary Kay
A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women's rights,
and spiritual understanding, MacLaine is known for her faith in reincarnation,
angels, the power of crystals and other New Age beliefs. She addresses these
topics at length, as well as her Hollywood career, in her books, Out On A Limb
and Dancing In The Night. MacLaine went on to author numerous other books
including The Camino and Out On A Leash, all of which are international
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