Shirley MacLaine – A Pictorial
“Some people think I look like a sweet potato, I consider myself a spud with a heart of gold.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“I’m not unaware of how I’m perceived, I just don’t care about it. Unless I really hurt someone’s feelings. I care about that.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“An actor has many lives and many people within him. I know there are lots of people inside me. No one ever said I’m dull.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“I was always a character actress and never a sex symbol. Even when I was the leading lady, I was a character actor.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“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.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“I do miss the stage. There’s nothing like it, nothing. When I did my one-woman show and played the Palace and played the Gershwin and all that, I did – what? – eight shows or maybe more a week. Of course you can’t do anything else, and you can’t run quickly for a cab in the rain, and you can’t have a drunken love affair. You can’t do any of that. Because you’ve got to be perfectly healthy. And I guess I value enjoying my life a little bit more than the discipline these days.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“I regret turning down the lead role in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) which Ellen Burstyn deservedly won an Oscar for. I said to myself: “Who is this Martin Scorsese person?”.” ~ Shirley MacLaine in a 2005 New York Times interview.
“I love to win those things. Love it. The only part about it I don’t like is the red carpet and getting a dress and walking around in high heels and holding in my stomach. I hate that.” ~ Shirley MacLaine on the Oscars (Academy Awards).
“It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.” ~ Shirley MacLaine