Shirley MacLaine - Wikipedia
On the eve of the publication of her latest memoir, Shirley MacLaine And it's partly medical advice about the ageing body: 'Make lemonade,' she writes. . She had many affairs and an odd year marriage to film . Over the years she has had times when she didn't talk to her brother, Warren Beatty. On Oscar Sunday, as Warren Beatty became one of the subjects of the Academy Awards's most historic flubs, his older sister, Shirley MacLaine. warren beatty shirley maclaine getty images For the full story on Shirley and Warren, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly on newsstands.
But I felt at peace with everything right from the start. He has been a wonderful father to our family, looks after them and is a great husband.
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Maybe he got everything out of his system while he had the chance! Their eldest daughter Kathlyn, who is 20 next week, has announced that she wants a sex change and to be known as Stephen. You deal with them. Most of the great stories told in books and on film are about family. That is how we start. I would not have missed for a moment the chance to have children and being around for them growing up.
I was one of four children and have four myself, so I know the importance of rules. People ask me things as if I am an expert. A lot of them waited or never had a child. Acting can be so very selfobsessed it can dominate a life. I was 30 before I made my first movie and by 35 was already in a magazine article in the Older Actresses section.
It dominates the rest of her life, throughout a dull career and succession of wrecked relationships. When she finally finds love it gives her the confidence to begin searching for her daughter Naomi Watts who has become a highly successful lawyer known for her coldness and hard-headedness. If I had listened to others then Warren and I would not have had this wonderful adventure together.
Family life for both of us has been really worth living. He once said of his many lovers: He used it to spend freely on women, both famous and otherwise. She had many affairs and an odd year marriage to film producer-turned-businessman Steve Parker - they weren't really together for a lot of it. There was an intense three-year affair with Robert Mitchum. There was Danny Kaye and Yves Montand, and she always had a fascination for politicians, including Andrew Peacock, who at the time was Australia's foreign minister.
Her search for the definition of love was quite thorough. Did she never enjoy monogamy? Although I am a serial monogamist. There are three sets of people where sex is concerned. The promiscuous, which I was not; the total monogamist, which I was not; and the serial monogamist, who has very deep but intense relationships while you are in them.
I guess I learned what I needed to learn from them and then I usually fixed it so they would move on, not me. I didn't like the guilt of moving away from them. I'm a middle-class girl from Virginia.
I don't handle guilt well. But I'm over the hill now,' she says, not particularly sadly. Is it true she never had her heart broken? She whispers, 'Yes, that's true. My heart would be broken, shattered, if something happened to my dog though. I take her everywhere, and you know, we've had a talk. She's going to live till about and then she'll come back again and it'll be up to me to find her.
She says they are both very independent spirits, loyal but individual. She credits Terry as co-writer of her book Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love.
And Terry is 'almost androgynous, that's why she has an androgynous name'. She could talk about her dog all day.
She swallowed a diamond ring once. It hasn't come out yet. She's commandeered for her a special coat which says she is a therapy dog, which allows her in forbidden places like aeroplanes. He might come back as a person. People come back as people, dogs come back as dogs. Was it a lap dog, your dog? Did he do lapping? I tell her the story of my poodle and how he died, how I told him he didn't have to hang on for me and we would always know each other, how he arched his neck up, took his last breath and died in my arms.
She wipes her tears away. Any slivers of brusqueness are gone. It's still a conundrum, though, why she should write books about love and say she doesn't know heartbreak. But maybe she has forgotten it. It's set during the Second World War, with MacLaine's character the love interest of three men, until one of them dies when his bomber crashes into Belfast's Cave Hill. The mechanics of the triangle are told both in the present and in the past, and MacLaine gives us a woman who is distanced by life, hardened until a breakthrough moment when she allows herself to feel.
I doubt it was hard for her to access that dislocation. She says the pain of the separation from her dog helped her to support Attenborough, who was grieving for the daughter and granddaughter he lost in the Asian tsunami of Through her dog she can access hurt. She tried to teach me then; I didn't learn very well. She's come back and I'm learning better. They met in when they played husband and wife in The Bliss of Mrs Blossom. It meant such a lot to him.
It's really his story. Perhaps it was his release. Many of the key players in MacLaine's world have been around in previous lives. I did learn from my parents, though - that was fairly complete. I ended up at a Spanish military installation. Man, I didn't know where I was. My parents came back to guide me to the trail. The first time they had been together since they were both alive. I was in real danger. Her father had several out-of-body experiences and saw his best friend appear at the edge of his bed at the moment he died in the Second World War.
Her mother 'was extremely contained. She was, after all, Canadian. And as a result of being contained they can erupt. People who met my parents said they reminded them of eccentric vaudevillians. Over the years she has had times when she didn't talk to her brother, Warren Beatty. We are fine now. I think we've been through a couple of lifetimes together.
He's going through his left-brain intellectual lifetime now. He's on a very different path to me. But his kids are very interested in what I'm saying. It's also been written that they differed over his taste in girlfriends, particularly Madonna.
I like to remind him as often as possible that I am the senior here, so you'd better listen to me. She seems naughty, teenage. I have a kid's nature. I am very interested in doing this movie with Olympia Dukakis, playing these two old women who feel marginalised by their invisibility.
Although I like to be invisible. Because I've been noticed so much in my life, I really go the other way. This paparazzi stuff would drive me nuts. I would have driven over 20 paparazzi by now. I don't eat a lot of it, but I have to have it every day. We share a giant Twix and then a Snickers. Does she worry about ageing? Is she worried about a loss of beauty, about dying?
So I'm looking forward to that. I'm not looking forward to death but I'm not afraid of it. I don't want it to be painful, so I have to be careful not to be afraid of it, because you draw it to you. That was the given. I didn't see myself that way. Just in the last week I'm falling in love with my wrinkles because I was wondering: I'm loving the idea that I'm 73 and almost looking like it.
I'm going to get some great parts I had a face-lift about 30 years ago. I'm glad I did it. It's all back to where it was now, though. I do worry about getting heavy. Not so much cosmetically, but what it means for the body. But I won't do liposuction. I go for walks on the beach, up and down hills at Malibu. I do stretching for my back and some of the skeletal problems. Probably caused by dancing in high heels, and dancing on cement instead of wood.
I was never that good a dancer to really injure myself, and I was always really cautious. We live in an open and free society, as opposed to the oppression of Islamic fundamentalism. It's dangerous to deride, tease and ridicule another person for speaking the truth in relation to these spiritual things. My husband really was the love of my life. He died some time ago. He put it into projects that he thought were worthwhile, but without asking.
He was involved with another woman and I was all over the place with different men. She's not feeling regretful about that today. She's feeling that she and Sachi 'went through a couple of lifetimes together and our relationship is more like friends anyway'.
They went to live in Japan when Sachi was six. She didn't want her to grow up in Hollywood. There was a weird incident with a drunk nanny and kidnap threats, so she was sent to the International School in Tokyo.
We were together every summer and a month at Christmas and a month at Easter. And in the early years in Japan I was a hands-on mother.
She's just not particularly maternal, perhaps because her mother wasn't. She believes both she and her mother were male warriors in another life. She is curiously distant and curiously full on. She drinks you in and then seems to float off.