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Richard Attenborough dies at age 90

Richard Attenborough dies at age 90

LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) --British actor and director Richard Attenborough died Sunday at a nursing home.
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Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Actor-director Ben Stiller says closing off part of New York's Fifth Avenue to shoot a scene for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was "like a crazy fantasy come true."
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Downton Abbey Christmas special trailer released

Downton Abbey Christmas special trailer released

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A love triangle! An American visitor! A ball!
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Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana are to be recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington.
Paul Giamatti joins cast of 'Downton Abbey'

Paul Giamatti joins cast of 'Downton Abbey'

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Paul Giamatti will appear in Season 4 of "Downton Abbey," the British costume drama's producers announced.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
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MacLaine suggested scene for 'Downton'

MacLaine suggested scene for 'Downton'

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Shirley MacLaine said it was her idea for her outgoing character in "Downton Abbey" to sing a love song to Maggie Smith's strait-laced Lady Violet.
9M watch U.K. premiere of 'Downton'

9M watch U.K. premiere of 'Downton'

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- About 9 million people tuned in for the Season 3 premiere of "Downton Abbey" on British television Sunday night, ITV said.
Streep to present MacLaine with AFI honor

Streep to present MacLaine with AFI honor

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep is to present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute's 40th Life Achievement Award at a black-tie gala in Culver City, Calif.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
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Shirley MacLaine joins 'Downton' cast

Shirley MacLaine joins 'Downton' cast

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning American actress Shirley MacLaine is to join the cast of "Downton Abbey" next season, the British period drama's producers said Monday.
'Steel Magnolias' to be re-made with black cast

'Steel Magnolias' to be re-made with black cast

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Lifetime is developing a small-screen remake of the 1989 film "Steel Magnolias" with an all-black cast, Deadline.com reported.
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MacLaine tapped for AFI Life tribute

MacLaine tapped for AFI Life tribute

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute has announced it will present actress and filmmaker Shirley MacLaine with its 40th AFI Life Achievement Award.
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Actress Shirley MacLaine arrives as a guest for the premiere of the motion picture musical drama "Dreamgirls", at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on December 11, 2006. The movie, based on the Broadway musical, tells the story of a trio of black female soul singers during the 1960's. The movie opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 15. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an American film and theater actress, dancer, activist, and author, well-known for her beliefs in new age spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her spiritual beliefs as well as her Hollywood career. In 1983, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Terms of Endearment. She is the elder sister of actor Warren Beatty.

Named after Shirley Temple, MacLaine was born Shirley MacLain Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLain), was a drama teacher born in Nova Scotia, Canada; MacLaine's grandparents were also teachers. The family was devoutly Baptist. While she was still a child, MacLaine's father moved the family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington, Virginia and Waverly, eventually taking a position at Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Junior High School.

Shirley had very weak ankles as a child, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class. Strongly motivated by ballet throughout her youth, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like "Romeo & Juliet" and "Sleeping Beauty," being the tallest in the class, she always played the boys' role due to the total absence of males in the class. She eventually got to play a respectable female role—the fairy godmother in "Cinderella." While warming up backstage, she broke her ankle. But decided to dance the role all the way through. Eventually, MacLaine decided that professional ballet wasn't for her. In her own words, she grew too tall (she would be over 6-feet tall en Pointe) and did not have the "beautifully constructed feet" (high arches, high insteps). Also, she found ballet too limiting. After leaving ballet, MacLaine pursued Broadway dancing. Eventually, she turned to acting.

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