1. Shirley MacLean Beaty known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author.
2. She has won an Academy Award, five Golden Globe Awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an Emmy Award and two BAFTA Awards.
3. In 2012, she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, and in 2013 received the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
4. She is known for her New Age beliefs and interest in spirituality and reincarnation.
5. She has written a series of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career.
6. Named after Shirley Temple , Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia.
7. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne , was a drama teacher, originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
8. MacLaine played baseball on an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs which earned her the nickname “Powerhouse”.
9. During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.
10. She had weak ankles as a toddler, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the age of three. This was the beginning of her interest in performing.
11. 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.
12. Ultimately she decided against making a career of professional ballet because she had grown too tall and was unable to acquire perfect technique.
13. She attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was on the cheerleading squad and acted in school theatrical productions.
14. The summer before her senior year, she went to New York City to try acting on Broadway, and had some success.
15. After she graduated, she returned and within a year became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in The Pajama Game; Haney broke her ankle, and MacLaine replaced her.