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Best known for her debut big-screen role Jenifer Rogers in The Trouble with Harry, Shirley MacLaine is an American actress, author, and activist. Similarly, her other notable acting credit include Terms of Endearment, The Apartment, and Steel Magnolias

As of 2020, the Oscar-winning actress has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Salary earned by her films acting career are listed below:

1956Around the World in 80 Days$6,000
1958Some Came Running$37,500
1960The Apartment$175,000
1963Irma la Douce$350,000
1969Sweet Charity$800,000
1970Two Mules for Sister Sara$800,000

Acting Career

Actress Shirley MacLaine started her professional journey playing different roles in her school theatrical productions. In 1995, she made a debut as Jennifer Rogers in the film The Trouble with Harry. For her first big-screen role, she received her first Golden Globe Award and won her BAFTA nomination as well. 

After that, Shirley starred as Princess Aouda in her next movie Around the World in 80 Days along with David Niven, Cantinflas, and Robert Newton. Similarly, she then appeared in films Some Came Running, The Sheepman, Hot Spell, The Matchmaker, Ask Any Girl, and others.

Then, The Trouble with Harry actress portrayed Frank Kubelik in the commercially successful movie The Apartment with Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Jack Kruschen. Likewise, she then worked in movies: The Children’s Hour, Irma la Douce, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Sweet Charity, and so on. 

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In 1975, MacLaine played co-directed, write, and produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir. She played various challenging roles on A Change of Seasons, Terms of Endearment, Madame Souzsatzka, and Steel Magnolias

Additionally, Around the World in 80 Days actress is also a notable part of notable movies and TV shows like Postcards from the Edge, Used People, Guarding Tess, Mrs. Winterbourne, Closing the Ring, These Old Broads, Shirley’s World, Joan of Arc, Downton Abbey, A Heavenly Christmas, and others.

MacLaine’s recent work includes films like The Little Mermaid, Noelle, and Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver. Besides that, she is an author and Out on a Limb, The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit, Going within, It’s all in the playing, and others. 

One of her books titled I’m All Over That’: And Other Confessions made her best-seller appreciating her life and everything about her home, love, and marriage. 


Shirley filed a case against Twentieth Century-Fox for breach of contract in 1996. The studio back out on its contract to star MacLaine in a film version of the musical Bloomer Girl, to be filmed in Hollywood. 

After that, in 1970, the California Supreme Court favored her, and the lawsuit is recognized as a major example of employment-contract law in law-school textbooks. 


The Children’s Hour actress Shirley was not sure how much to ask for her almost 7,450-acre estate located near Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

In 2014, she kept her ranch covering 9,000 square foot mansion on market for sale asking $18 million, however, the property boasting a swimming pool, a yurt, a maze, and some building was advised to list it for $30 million.

As of 2020, there are no details about whether the ranch is sold, still on market, or off the market. 


Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty on April 24, 1934, in Richmond, Virginia, the United States to teachers parents, Ira Owens Beatty, and Kathlyn Corinne MacLean

86 years old actress grew up as Baptists with her sibling Warren Beatty. Her younger brother is a well-known American actor and filmmaker. 

Talking about MacLaine’s education, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School. During that time, she acted in theatrical productions and even was on the cheerleading squad.

Relationship History

5 feet 7 inches tall, Shirley MacLaine, was married to a film producer Steve Parker. The couple exchanged wedding vows on September 17, 1954.

The pair together welcomed their only child, daughter, Stephanie Sachiko Parker, aka Sachi Parker, on September 1, 1956. After 28 long years, Shirley divorced her husband on December 9, 1982.