Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 24th 1934 the actress Shirely Mc Laine was born today.
Her real name is, Shirley MacLean Beaty, named after Shirley Temple (who was 6 years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia.
MacLaine’s younger brother is the actor, writer and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor.
As a toddler she always had weak ankles, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the age of three.
This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class.
In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, she always played the boys’ roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class.
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 before calling for an ambulance.
A true performer, MacLaine’s big break came in the mid-1950s with the Broadway musical The Pajama Game.
She was a member of the show’s chorus as well as an understudy for one of its lead characters.
After producer Hal Wallis saw her perform, MacLaine landed a contract with Paramount Pictures. She made her film debut in 1955’s The Trouble with Harry directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Tiffany Carrington), gives you a glimpse of Shirely MacLaine on the Oprah Winfrey show. As we celebrate Shirely MacLaine’s birthday today on April 24th.
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.
As we remember Shirely MacLaine today on her birthday we remember how her movies felt and what joy she brought to our lives when we saw him. Happy Birthday Shirely wherever you are!
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