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So, if you allow me to indulge in my favourite movies, here’s what I believe are the best Shirley MacLaine films.
From working with Alfred Hitchcock to starring alongside Jack Lemmon, Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine has a sparkling movie career.
Her 2013 movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller, saw her in a minor yet crucial role as the mother of the protagonist and she steals every scene she is in.
Shirley MacLaine has a sparkling movie career
My top picks from MacLaine’s extensive Hollywood career include films spanning 7 decades.
These, to me, are the Shirley MacLaine best films to watch.
Shirley shines as a model for a comic book artist – she dresses up as “Bat Woman” and her disguise completely confounds her love interest played by Jerry Lewis.
I chose this movie because it’s one of my favourite films ever but also because you can see at play MacLaine’s wonderful comedy and dancing skills.
MacLaine stars alongside Jack Lemmon in this comedy directed by Billy Wilder.
Winner of 5 Academy Awards, this was Wilder’s next production after Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe.
Winner of 5 Academy Awards
Lemmon plays an employee in a corporation hoping to get a promotion and to earn favours with his bosses he lets them borrow his apartment so they can entertain their lovers.
The film is based on the concept from Brief Encounter by Noël Coward.
In this film MacLaine co-stars with French actor Yves Montand, who plays a film director wanting to shoot Madama Butterfly in Japan.
He feels outshone by his wife (MacLaine) and wants to choose his leading lady from the film from a Japanese cast.
I will not reveal the rest of the story – I found the plot quite intriguing and in this film MacLaine displays great acting skills.
A stunning performance by MacLaine, playing the matriarch and struggling with the concept of ageing and becoming a grandmother.
Struggling with the concept of ageing and becoming a grandmother
Her fights with her on-screen daughter Debra Winger are legendary and her “will they, won’t they” relationship with Jack Nicholson is bittersweet.
This role won Shirley MacLaine an Academy Award for Best Actress (her first); she was 50 at the time.
Directed by Bob Fosse, the musical Sweet Charity portrays the transition from the 60s to the 70s – it’s all “Flower Power” in its most colourful expression.
A very modern tale of an independent woman looking for love and realising that, after all, being her own person is what matters the most.
Get some handkerchiefs, this is a tear-jerker of mammoth proportions!
Starring MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah and Dolly Parton, this all-female cast delivers the whole range of emotions humanly possible.
This is a tear-jerker of mammoth proportions
MacLaineprovides welcome laughs among the tragedy of the story.
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