Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award winning actress and author. She started out in ballet in grade school and jr. high, and primarily danced in men’s roles, as she was the tall one in ballet class. Due to injuries, and not having the petite body that is coveted by the ballet world for its female stars, she switched to acting while in high school. She had great success as an actress, moving to Hollywood under contract with Paramount films.
She later sued Paramount and won in a famous actor’s contract case that put an end to the old Hollywood way, where the studio basically owned the career of its actors. An energetic, high-octane performer, MacLaine has endeared herself to audiences worldwide. She is also outspoken – whether it be about politics, film, or spirituality, most particularly, her belief in reincarnation. Her current interest in spirituality is evidenced in her own website, which is a new age one, with information on chakras, meditation, the spiritual path and body, mind and spirit resources.
“It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”
“A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”
“I don’t need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves.”
“I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.”
– Shirley MacLaine (1934- )
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