Wednesday 24 April 2024

It's all about how you feel

"I don't care what birthday you're on. It's all about how you feel. There are days when I feel like 30. The oldest I go is 50 in my mind. The number doesn't matter. But I do have a sense that I have some wisdom now. It's good to be wise. It sure beats being young and clueless."

"I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice ass and shake it."

"Possessions have never meant that much to me... I've never erected a lifestyle that would put possessions in a position of controlling me."

"All you really need in life is some fresh water, a good hat, and a really good pair of shoes."

"I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way any more. They leave it on the dresser."

The magnificent Miss Shirley MacLaine blows out 90 candles on her cake today!

All hail.

By way of a celebration, here's her triumphal solo moment from Sweet Charity [that was one of the films we watched at our "Film Club" on Saturday]:

...and here she is, just being Shirley:

Facts about Miss MacLaine:

  • She got her big break on Broadway when lead Carol Haney sprained her ankle during a production of The Pajama Game. As her stand-in, MacLaine went on in her place and captured the interest of movie producer Hal Wallis and Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her first film The Trouble With Harry.
  • It was her suggestion that Bob Fosse, whose musical Pajama Game gave her her first big break, direct her movie Sweet Charity.
  • Allegedly during the filming of The Children's Hour, the co-stars made a deal: Audrey Hepburn would teach Shirley how to dress if Shirley would teach her how to swear.
  • Shirley has co-starred with many of the greatest names in Hollywood including Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor, Yves Montand, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Lemmon, Chita Rivera, Peter Sellers, Meryl Streep, Robert Mitchum, Anne Bancroft, Louis Jourdan, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood and Olympia Dukakis, and was notoriously the only female member of the "Rat Pack"; she went on tour with longtime friend Frank Sinatra in 1992.
  • Miss MacLaine has has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and when she finally won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1983 for Terms of Endearment, she became the first actor to say "I deserve this" during an acceptance speech.
  • She has also been nominated for six Emmys (winning once) and 19 Golden Globes (winning four, as well as "Most Promising Newcomer" in 1955, "Most Versatile Actress" in 1959, and the Cecil B. DeMille award in 1998).
  • Barbra Streisand and Shirley, who share a birthday, apparently celebrate it together every year.

Shirley MacLaine's 20 best films, ranked by The Guardian.

Many happy returns, Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty, 24th April 1934)!


  1. Adorable and adored
    every photo is a gem

    1. An icon! [Albeit a bat-shit crazy one...] Jx

  2. I think "sassy" is a good descriptor.

    1. Once she, and Liza, and Mitzi, and Bette, and Cher finally depart, stage right, the great "Age of the Showgirl Spectacular" will be ended, I fear. Chita's already gone.

      I know we do have Kylie, still waving the flag for feathers-fouf-and-faff, but things will never be quite the same without the kind of "va-va-voom" talent that Shirley MacLaine had... Jx


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