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13 Stunning Throwback Photos of Shirley MacLaine That You Have to See to Believe!

See the eccentric starlet over the years!

The daughter of a drama teacher and the sister of actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty, a life on the screen was inevitable for Shirley MacLaine, the young ballet dancer from Virginia. Her interest in the arts as a young girl took her all the way to the Big Apple after high school, where she got her big break on the stage before she was discovered.

A young Shirley MacLaine would make her film debut in 1955’s The Trouble With Harry. Her film career has resulted in numerous awards and accolades including an Oscar, Emmys, Golden Globes and so on.

Shirley MacLaine, 1951
Shirley MacLaine, 1951Getty

Her range as an actress is vast, and she’s known for the unique and eccentric characters she has brought to life over the years. Some of her most notable films include Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Steel Magnolias (1989).

Most recently, the now 90-year-old actress could be seen in 2022 in the hit series, Only Murders in the Building. Here, take a look at these incredible throwback photos of Shirley MacLaine as a young actress.

Shirley MacLaine young

1955: Pretty in pink

The actress in 1955
Shirley MacLaine, 1955Getty

Shirley poses on the rocks in front of the ocean in this 1955 photograph.

1955: Swimsuit Shirley

Shirley MacLaine, 1955
The actress in 1955Getty

The young actress dons a animal printed swimsuit in this adorable snapshot.

1958: Shirley and sheep

The actress in 1958
Shirley MacLaine, 1958Getty

Shirley holds two adorable baby lambs during filming for The Sheepman.

1958: Shirley and Sinatra

Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running, 1958
Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running, 1958Getty

The duo are seen in a close embrace in the 1958 film, Some Came Running.

1959: All smiles with Shirley

Shirley MacLaine, 1959
MacLaine, 1959Getty

The actress’ personality shines through in this photo of her grinning ear to ear.

1959: Shirley and Sachi

Shirley MacLaine and her daughter Sachi Parker
Shirley MacLaine and her daughter Sachi Parker Getty

Shirley pictured with her daughter Sachi in this cute-as-can-be throwback photo.

1960: Flower power

The actress in 1960
Shirley MacLaine, 1960Getty

Shirley sports a blue polka-dotted dress as she sits amongst a bed of flowers in this 1960s era photo.

1964: MacLaine makes waves in this pink get up

Shirley MacLaine and Gene Kelly, What a Way to Go!, 1964
Shirley MacLaine and Gene Kelly, What a Way to Go!, 1964Getty

Shirley stars alongside Gene Kelly in the comedy musical, What a Way to Go!

1964: Shirley amps up the glamour

The actress in 1964
Shirley MacLaine, What a Way to Go!, 1964Getty

In another shot from the film What a Way to Go!, Shirley stuns in this bejeweled gown. Truly gorgeous!

1965: Shirley sports a signature 60s look

The actress in 1965
Shirley MacLaine, 1965Getty

The actress brings to life the character of Mae Jenkins in the 1965 film, A Yellow Rolls-Royce.

1966: Star siblings side by side

Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, 1966
MacLaine and Warren Beatty, 1966Getty

The famous brother-sister duo look glamorous as ever in this sibling shot from 1955.

1970: Shirley stars as Sister Sara

Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Two Mules for Sister Sara, 1970
Clint Eastwood, MacLaine, Two Mules for Sister Sara, 1970Getty

Shirley starred alongside Clint Eastwood in this 1970 western flick.


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