Shirley MacLaine - Famous Film Director

Shirley MacLaine Net Worth


Shirley MacLaine, a Famous film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, and author has a reported net worth of $50 million attained through an impressive professional career that spans over six decades. With more than fifty films to her credit, Shirley won multiple prestigious awards and has sold more than 20 million copies of her autobiographical works worldwide.

Key facts:

  • Shirley MacLaine is an American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author with an impressive professional career that has spanned six decades.
  • MacLaine received a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her breakthrough role in Alfred Hitchcock's film 'The Trouble with Harry' (1955).
  • She has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, winning Best Actress for 'Terms of Endearment' (1984).
  • In addition to her successful acting career, Shirley is an outspoken advocate for civil rights, liberties, and spiritual understanding.
  • MacLaine has sold more than 20 million copies of her nine international bestsellers, most of which are autobiographical works dealing with her spiritual beliefs and Hollywood career.

Basic Information About Shirley MacLaine

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Dancer, Singer, Author, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Activist, Film director
Net worth$50,000,000
Date of birth1934-04-24 (89 years old)
Place of birthRichmond
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksHer trademark theme song, taken from the movie, Sweet Charity (1969), is "If My Friends Could See Me Now". It is usually the music that accompanies her when she makes entrances on talk shows.
Strong-willed characters who fluctuate between endearing and abrasive
Short hair (the only time in her adult life she's had long hair was a period in her late 30s)
SpouseSteve Parker - (17 SeptemberΒ 1954 - 9 DecemberΒ 1982)Β (divorced)Β (1 child)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Shirley MacLaine win?


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Shirley MacLaine awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
BAFTA Film Award - Best Actress in a Supporting RoleNomineeSteel Magnolias1991
CFCA Award - Best Supporting ActressNomineeSteel Magnolias1990
Volpi Cup - Best ActressWinnerThe Apartment1960
BAFTA Film Award - Best ActressNomineeTerms of Endearment1985
David - Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)WinnerTerms of Endearment1984
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaWinnerTerms of Endearment1984
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaWinnerThe Accused1989
Movies for Grownups Award - Best ActressNomineeIn Her Shoes2006
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureNomineeIn Her Shoes2006
SLFCA Award - Best Supporting ActressNomineeIn Her Shoes2005
Golden Globe - Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalNomineeSweet Charity1970
Golden Laurel - Best Comedy Performance, FemaleNomineeTwo Mules for Sister Sara1971
Golden Satellite Award - Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalNomineeMrs. Winterbourne1997
Golden Laurel - Top Female Dramatic PerformanceWinnerThe Children's Hour1962
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaWinnerGorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey1989
BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign ActressNomineeIrma la Douce1965
David - Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)WinnerIrma la Douce1964
Golden Globe - Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalWinnerIrma la Douce1964
BAFTA Film Award - Best ActressNomineePostcards from the Edge1991
BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign ActressNomineeWhat a Way to Go!1965
CEC Award - Best Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)WinnerCan-Can1962
Gold Derby TV Award - Drama Guest ActressNomineeDownton Abbey2013

Shirley MacLaine roles

Movie / Series Role
Steel MagnoliasOuiser Boudreaux
The Secret Life of Walter MittyEdna Mitty
The ApartmentFran Kubelik
Terms of EndearmentAurora Greenway
BernieMarjorie Nugent
Being ThereEve Rand
Valentine's DayEstelle
BewitchedIris Smythson / Endora
In Her ShoesElla Hirsh
The Little MermaidGrandmother / Elle
Ocean's ElevenTipsy Girl (uncredited)
Defending Your LifeShirley MacLaine
Rumor Has It...Katharine Richelieu
Sweet CharityCharity
Two Mules for Sister SaraSara
NoelleElf Polly
Wild OatsEva
Mrs. WinterbourneGrace Winterbourne
The Children's HourMartha Dobie
Cannonball Run IIVeronica
Irma la DouceIrma La Douce
Postcards from the EdgeDoris Mann
What a Way to Go!Louisa May Foster
Can-CanSimone Pistache
Made in HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2010
GleeJune Dolloway 2 episodes, 2014
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2003
Downton AbbeyMartha Levinson 3 episodes, 2012-2013
The TalkSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2017
The Late Late Show with James CordenSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2017
The Late Show with Stephen ColbertSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2016
The Carol Burnett ShowSelf 1 episode, 1975
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf - Guest 4 episodes, 1992-1996
The Dick Cavett ShowSelf - Guest 2 episodes, 1970-1972
The Oprah Winfrey ShowSelf - Guest 6 episodes, 1986-2011
The Maury Povich ShowSelf - Guest 2 episodes, 1994-1995

Shirley MacLaine's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Around the World in 80 DaysΒ (1956)$6,000
Some Came RunningΒ (1958)$37,500
The ApartmentΒ (1960)$175,000
Irma la DouceΒ (1963)$350,000 + 7.5% of the profits.
Woman Times SevenΒ (1967)$850,000
Sweet CharityΒ (1969)$800,000 + percentage of profits
Two Mules for Sister SaraΒ (1970)$800,000 + 10% of the profits.

Shirley MacLaine's Quotes

  • Some people think I look like a sweet potato, I consider myself a spud with a heart of gold.
  • It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
  • I had a video made of my recent knee operation. The doctor said it was the best movie I ever starred in.
  • I think in my 40s, right around the time of The Turning Point (1977), that I began to address myself more to the future. See, I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I never had the problems the other actresses my age had. I was never a great beauty. I was never a sex symbol. I did, however, have great legs, because I was a dancer. But I didn't have that baggage. I wasn't interested in my stature as a star. Ever. I was just interested in good parts.
  • [about her considering ballet as a profession) I was never good enough to be a soloist. Quatre ballet was about all I could handle. I didn't have those beautifully constructed feet [high arches, high insteps]. My extension on my left leg was pretty good, but I didn't point my foot with that grace that suggests true beauty.

Shirley MacLaine's photos

Who is Shirley MacLaine?

Shirley MacLaine has been recognized and celebrated throughout the entertainment industry as someone with high calibre talent and political and spiritual opinions. With a net worth of $50 million garnered from a career spanning more than six decades, MacLaine has experienced success on stage, film and television.

Early Life and Education

Born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia on April 24th, 1934, she began exploring her passion for performing arts at a young age. Her mother was a drama teacher while her father taught psychology. She began dancing ballet when she was three years old but fell in love with performing. Described as exceptionally gifted, Shirley was often chosen to perform the leading boy roles courtesy of her height. Soon enough, she’d grow up to grace the big stage and screen

Career Overview

At age 20, she made her way to Hollywood and appeared as Jennifer Rogers in Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Trouble with Harry, an adventure of crime mixed with dark comedy. That same year, she appeared alongside Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on Martin and Lewis. Around the World in 80 days saw her performance get nominated for the Best supporting Actress Academy Award.

Shirley also had great musical talent that she often put to use in movies like Can-Can, where she played opposite Frank Sinatra, playing, Catherine Miller, a burlesque performer. In 1963, due to the death of Marilyn Monroe, she was given one of the big breaks that made her a household name taking over from the late Monroe performing night club entertainer Irma La Douce.

Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (196) stormed the box office with the lead cast Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. She would for the first time get a nomination for the Oscars for the Best actress category, while the movie scooped five total Oscars for different categories. Charade (1963 (ogether with acting heavyweights such as Cary Grant and Walter Matthau, was another movie that underlined that Shirley had arrived.

This beautiful actress had investments in producing and directing, both of which she engaged in alongside her highly successful acting career. Within the space of 25 years, MacLaine went from passionate understudy to established leading actress.

Awards and Achievements

It’s not surprising to see that a woman so talented has raked in numerous awards over the course of her six decades-long career. Shirley MacLaine has received Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards as well as Golden Globe awards due to her exceptional performances. MacLaine’s work has been a consistent powerhouse within the movie industry, with her documentary The Other Half of the Sky earning her the Academy Award 1975 nomination for Documentary Feature. Her autobiography titled β€˜I’m Over That And Other Confessions are bestsellers.

In 2012, MacLaine was awarded with the AFI Life Achievement Award, an accolade reserved for an elite collection of actors, creators and producers whose works have been some of the best in American cinema.

Personal Life

Shirley MacLaine is independent, outspoken and spirited. This became all the more clear when in 1954, she divorced Steve Parker following an open marriage that led to separation. Clear-headed MacLaine went ahead and dated or lived with other men like businessman C.C. Guest and politician Andrew Peacock without worrying about public opinion or disapproval rates

UFO’s and Aliens – A Paranormal Mystery with MacLaine

MacLaine once made strange and speculative claims that she was in telepathic communication with space beings. She further shared that a UFO had landed in her New Mexico estate, and that she had even come face to face with an extraterrestrial whilst roaming near her own house or changing her clothes

Real Estate

Celebrity homes are abodes that most fans dream about or wish they could get their hands and feet on. MacLaine owns a luxurious home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was constructed way before the modern-day Homeaway and Airbnb trend began to gain ground as America’s top choice destination places. At over 8,000 square feet with over thirty rooms in total, MacLaine invested millions of dollars in building something truly spectacular. The house now boasts amenities such as a luxurious spa, a sweet swimming pool and a full-sized movie theatre.

What is Shirley MacLaine’s net worth and Salary?

With a career spanning more than six decades, along with her involvement in the film industry as a producer, actor and screenwriter as well her businesses as a restaurant owner, it’s no surprise that Shirley has amassed a considerable net worth. She has reportedly become $50 million rich through her acting vocation. Her roles have led to nominations and awards and cemented her place as a Hollywood iconn: younger actors keep using her as inspirations.

Interesting Facts about Shirley MacLaine

  1. Named after Shirley Temple.
  2. Led a series of weekend-long higher-self seminars in the late 1980s teaching people about her views on many aspects of New Age practices and techniques.
  3. Attended Washington-Lee H.S. in Arlington, VA.
  4. Older sister of Warren Beatty.
  5. Mother of Sachi Parker with former husband Steve Parker.
  6. A frequent visitor to Houston, Texas, where she starred in Terms of Endearment (1983) and The Evening Star (1996). At each visit, she goes to Tony's Restaurant, where she orders a complete soufflΓ© just for herself.
  7. Born at 3:57 PM EST.
  8. Sister-in-law of actress Annette Bening.
  9. Is a horse lover.
  10. Turned down the role of Diane Freeling in Poltergeist (1982) to play the Oscar-winning role of Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983).
  11. Her childhood dinner for many years consisted of tabasco and saltine crackers (which often resulted in bad dreams--her missing the bus to ballet class).
  12. Took ballet as a child and always played the boy's role due to being the tallest in her class.
  13. As of 2009, she is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (hers for Madame Sousatzka (1988)). The others are Spencer Tracy in The Actress (1953), Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).
  14. Right before a performance of "Cinderella" with the Washington School of Ballet (she was dancing the role of the Fairy Godmother), she was warming up backstage when she broke her ankle. Instead of bowing out, she simply tied the ribbon on her toe shoes tighter and danced the role through. After the show was over, she called for an ambulance.
  15. Was close friends with the members of the Rat Pack. She starred with all of them in Ocean's Eleven (1960). Other works with Rat Pack members include: Some Came Running (1958), Cannonball Run II (1984) and Can-Can (1960).
  16. Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967.
  17. Close friends with actress Julie Christie, who lived with Shirley's brother Warren Beatty for nearly a decade.
  18. Columbia originally wanted to cast her as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968). However, producer Ray Stark--who produced the Broadway show and was Brice's son-in-law--insisted on Barbra Streisand repeating her Broadway role.
  19. Her performance as Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983) is ranked #81 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  20. She and Barbra Streisand celebrate their joint birthday together every year.

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  • Original Source: The Trouble with Harry trailer
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  • Date taken: 1955
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  • Original Source: DVD with the film & the trailer
  • Author: Billy Wilder / United Artists / Mirisch Corporations
  • Date taken: 1960
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  • Original Source: Sweet Charity trailer (DVD bonus)
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  • Date taken: 1969
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  • Date taken: 27 October 1972
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