Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
  • Born: April 24, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Singer, Dancer, Author, Activist









Shirley MacLaine is an American film, television, and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, and author. An Academy Award winner, MacLaine received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in 2013. She is known for her New Age beliefs, and has an interest in spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a series of autobiographical works that describe these beliefs, document her world travels, and describe her Hollywood career.

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Nothing is more personal, more individual, more important to women than the plank on abortion. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never ceased to be amused.
Being old is such a treat!
Crystals amplify the consciousness.
Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. Friendship
For me, the safest place is out on a limb.
I can be a lazy slob.
I can't advise any of the young ones, because I don't know what their background was, but I would suggest that anyone who wants to be famous more than anything - there's a real problem. Fame
I can't give up my own identity.
I don't do like diva trips and stuff.
I don't feel competitive.
I don't have an assistant. I make a lot of people around me my slaves, but no assistant.
I don't know why anybody would be in awe of me.
I don't like leaving my dog when I go to England and she is with me all the time. Time
I don't like to socialise much.
I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. Relationships
I don't think you go out of style when you're living in the present most of the time. And I think that is what I do. Time
I live in too many cities.
I look like a real bag lady when I go to Starbucks with my dog and get my chai.
I love the idea that I'm the oldest one in the room because I can get away with anything! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I make my mistakes in public.
I mean, I'm just speaking of my own experiences and my own desires, and it's a kind of a childlike wonder that could really possibly speculate on other dimensions.
I mean, no one asks beauty secrets of me, or 'What size do you wear?' or 'Who's your couturier?' They ask me about really deep things and I love that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never would have given up my work to stay home. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think male actors get confused by their own vanity.
I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. Life
I think the hill one has to trudge in order to understand a man's baggage is more of a trek than I'd like to take right now.
I think we plan everything, somehow, on another level.
I think when I was in my early twenties and middle twenties I didn't even know I wasn't living up to my potential. A couple of friends told me I wasn't and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me.
I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice ass and shake it. Women
I was afraid I would get the Oscar for 'Irma La Douce' because it was popular. But I didn't want to because I didn't really think it was that good.
I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I was never a great beauty.
I'd like to go to another planet, which I might live long enough to accomplish. Just get on a spaceship and go. But not the moon. I don't see any flowers there. The moon is too close. I want to go further.
I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If anything interferes with my inner peace, I will walk away. Arguments with family members. All that stuff. None of it matters. Families, Children & Parenting ;War & Peace
If they would teach us from the time we're little to meditate and get in touch with all that our souls know, we wouldn't fight so much. Time
I'm a peaceful person once work ethic is established. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm an artist, therefore I think I am sensitive to human pain.
I'm not interested in fame at all.
I'm not one for wardrobe.
It's a big deal for me to say I'm over politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I've been through so much of my own self-search that I'm not as consumed with who I am as I used to be.
I've gotten crankier in my old age.
I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way anymore. They leave it on the dresser. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Maybe I'm a dream artist, as they call it.
Movie makers now choose profit over vision.
My mother was Canadian, so you never knew what she was thinking.
Of course I'm schooled in the old school method: taking what I think the director wants, then reworking it through my own brain and heart.
Of course, we're all a mass of contradictions.
People think I'm nuts.
Remember what people used to say about meditation? Now everyone is doing it.
Remember, I come from such an excessively overdone, red-carpet place called Hollywood. So I'm used to people blowing up their success in ways that are far above and beyond the truth. Truth ;Success
Sex is hardly ever just about sex.
Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready for it instead of always when it is too late. Someday change will be accepted as life itself. Life
The best way to get husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they are too old to do it.
The comedy of class, played so straight, is a wonderful thing for an actor to sink their teeth into.
The mob taught me how to play gin rummy.
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
The more I've learned about me, the more I'm interested in others.
The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
The soul is everlasting, and its learning experience is lifetime after lifetime. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are stars who are proficiently paranoid enough to hide what they really think. I can't.
Things are done according to money these days. Money, Coins & Minting
We need proof in our society. Society
Well, success does not mean doing well. Success
Well, when you're relaxed, your mind takes you to the whole reality. There's no such thing as time when you're really relaxed. That's why meditation works. Time
We've had so many lifetimes of different cultures and different religions and different points of view and different wars and different loves and different children.
When a child comes in, I believe that it's a 'multipersonhood,' and it knows it, its consciousness knows it, and it has a nuclei in the center of its consciousness that is the repository of all experience and all knowledge. And when you look in the eyes of your baby and you feel this sense that they are an old soul, I believe indeed they are. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
When times are bad, people like to lose themselves in the sheer glamour of another period: beautiful wardrobes, magnificent meals served in elegant settings.
When you walk 10 hours, 11 hours a day by yourself, you are doing a walking meditation.
Women being pitted each other another in Hollywood is an old tactic, but it's not real at all. Women
Women love working together. That's my experience anyway. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
You have to be talentedly insecure in order to be a good actress. And then it's the director's job to make you more miserable and get a good take.
You know when you eat too many sweets and get diabetes? Paparazzi are the diabetes of materialistic culture.
You know, I think I had my first past life recall when I was 7. Life