Lifetime: 5.2M tuned in for 'Chanel' debut

Lifetime: 5.2M tuned in for 'Chanel' debut

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- About 5.2 million people saw the U.S. television bio-picture "Coco Chanel" when it debuted during the weekend, Lifetime said Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 24, 2008.
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Julia Roberts honored at Hollywood gala.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- American actress Julia Roberts expressed that she has everything she hoped for at a who’s-who event in her honor in Los Angeles.

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UPI almanac for Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
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Barbra Streisand wraps up tour

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Singer Barbra Streisand drew a standing ovation from the crowd at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on the last night of her tour.

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Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2006 with 251 to follow.
By United Press International

New director tapped for 'Dallas' film

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha reportedly has been tapped to replace Robert Luketic at the helm of the big screen version of "Dallas."

'Dallas' director walks over casting

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- "Dallas" director Robert Luketic has reportedly bolted from the big screen version of the TV hit because of casting decisions, it was reported Tuesday.

Big stars lined up for big screen 'Dallas'

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez, Luke Wilson, John Travolta and Shirley MacLaine are in talks to head up the cast of the big screen version of the 1980s TV soap, "Dallas."

Kucinich married; City Hall reception

CLEVELAND, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland, celebrated his marriage at an appropriate venue, City Hall.

Connick takes on Broadway in 'Pajama Game'

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Crooner Harry Connick Jr. has already starred in movies and on TV and now he's tackling Broadway in a revival of "The Pajama Game."

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Today is Sunday, April 24, the 114th day of 2005 with 251 to follow.
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Broadway legend Cy Coleman dies at 75

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Cy Coleman, the legendary composer of such Broadway show tunes as "Big Spender" and "If They Could See Me Now," has died at 75.
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Feature: Honoring James Garner

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- When he heard that the Screen Actors Guild would honor James Garner with its Life Achievement Award, "The Rockford Files" producer Stephen J. Cannell said Garne
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Kevin Costner helped get director fired

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Kevin Costner's constant criticism of first-time director Ted Griffin, reportedly led to Griffin's firing from a U.S. film based on "The Graduate."
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Shirley MacLaine
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)

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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