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Shirley MacLean Beaty


♦ US actress

Born in Richmond, Virginia, she entered show business as a teenager and made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's black comedy The Trouble With Harry (1955). Adept at light comedy, her impish good humour and waif-like appearance made her an unconventional leading lady, and Hollywood struggled at first to showcase her talent. She received the first of five Best Actress Academy Award nominations for her role opposite Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running (1958), and a second for her heart-rending performance in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960). She appeared in several lavish 1960s productions, was acclaimed in the musical Sweet Charity (1968), and has starred in such successful films as Being There (1979), Terms of Endearment (1983) for which she finally won the Best Actress Academy Award, Steel Magnolias (1989), Postcards From The Edge (1990) and In Her Shoes (2005). Her numerous volumes of soul-searching autobiography include Don't Fall Off The Mountain (1971), Out on a Limb (1983), Going Within (1989) and My Lucky Stars (1995). She is the sister of the actor Warren Beatty.

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