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Shirley MacLaine is one of Hollywood's legendary leading ladies, known for a vast span of films that include The Apartment, Sweet Charity and Terms of Endearment.
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She plays the witch Endora opposite Nicole Kidman's Samantha in this adaptation of the classic television series. In both Rumor Has It and In Her Shoes, MacLaine plays the grandmother to likes of such stars as Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Toni Colette.
Now in her seventies, MacLaine continues to seek out new roles and challenges. She played the legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in the 2008 television movie Coco Chanel. In 2011, MacLaine co-starred with Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey in the light-hearted crime drama Bernie.
MacLaine moved to the small screen to join the cast of the much beloved British period drama Downton Abbey for its third season. MacLaine plays the American mother of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, on the show. Viewers enjoyed watching her character match wits with the Dowager Countess of Grantham played by Maggie Smith. In 2013, MacLaine was recognized for her role in influencing American culture through her art by as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Shirley MacLaine was married to Steve Parker, a producer and businessman, from 1954 to 1982. The couple had a daughter, Stephanie, better known as Sachi. The pair had an unusual relationship with Parker spending much of his time living in Japan. Her daughter Sachi also spent part of her youth living abroad with her father.
In 2013, Sachi Parker shared her experiences as MacLaine's daughter in the memoir Lucky Me: My Life With—and Without—My Mom, Shirley MacLaine. She claimed that her mother pressured her to lose her virginity as a teen and had pair of sex therapists in the house during her first sexual experience, according to the New York Daily News. MacLaine has dismissed the book, saying “I'm shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction" in the same article.
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