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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 12:26 PM
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Poll question: Shirley MacLaine
When you hear her name, or see her photograph, or think about one of her movies... is your initial reaction positive or negative?



Yep... this another one of my weird polls. I'm going to use the results to settle a bet (of sorts).

But still, she's fun to talk about... so add you comments with your thoughts about her, her movies, her characters, her previous lives.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 12:28 PM
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1. She was the only girl cool enough to be considered
part of the Rat Pack.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 12:28 PM
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2. I like her
I think she's an excellent actress and I don't care who or what she believes in or not she's still cool!
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 12:30 PM
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3. my first thought
is nutcase :shrug:

can't help it
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 12:33 PM
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4. She was great in "The Trouble with Harry" when she was young.
I thought she was very good in "Terms of Endearment" and "Being There."

But I really don't like mystics in general. She's a decent actress, but she uses her fame to promote silliness. I can't stand celebrity proselytizers.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 01:18 PM
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5. Love her
I don't see her pushing her spirituality in everyone's face like some people we know. She does what she does and it matters not to her what anyone else thinks. I love that.

I haven't seen her latest films though - is "In Her Shoes" available to rent? I might get it tonight.

And look how great she looks! She's in her 70s, right? She still has such a mischevious look in her eye. I love her. Did I say that already?
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 01:52 PM
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6. I'll Always See Her As "Charity Hope Valentine" And "Ouiser".
in Sweet Charity and Steel Magnolias.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 02:04 PM
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8. I thought she was hilarious as Doris in "Postcards from the Edge"
Suzanne: Do you remember my seventeenth birthday party when you lifted your skirt up in front of all those people?

Doris: I did not lift my skirt, it twirled up! You only remember the bad stuff, don't you? What about the big band I got to play at that party, do you remember that? No, you only remember that my skirt accidentally twirled up!

Suzanne: And you weren't wearing any underwear.

Doris: Well!
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 04:39 PM
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40. in her shoes -- godawful movie
i don't envy you having that one ahead of you

ugh
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 01:55 PM
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7. Positive
She was in one of my very favorite films, "The Apartment"

She has done consistently good work over the years. Not all of them have been great...oy, seeing her in "Bewitched" wasn't a high point...

But she's a talented actress. And a good liberal Democrat.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 02:58 PM
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11. And that was a very good post, terrya
It sure is nice that you post in the Lounge once in a while.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:19 PM
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16. I Didn't Know She Is A Democrat.
:thumbsup:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:25 PM
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20. Yes, she is
I believe she was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic Convention, in fact.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:11 PM
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30. She and Warren are big dems
What a family!
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 02:05 PM
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9. Neutral to positive leaning.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 02:57 PM
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10. kinda mixed which helps you not at all im sure
Edited on Fri Apr-28-06 03:04 PM by faithnotgreed
even though im a fan of old movies (as i know you are) she is not one of my favorites
she is good in some and others the parts are a bit too manic or perhaps stagey

anyway
one scene of hers that i love is when she sings "im still here" in postcards from the edge
she was good in that whole thing actually and i dont dislike her but if i had to choose my favorite actresses from the same time period she wouldnt be on the top


on edit: i do respect her and always appreciate any actor etc who is still belting their way through a very difficult time in the whole hollywood scene (otherwise known as aging)
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:02 PM
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12. She campaigned for George McGovern.
She was actually the subject of a cover story in Newsweek during the '72 campaign.

I think John Lewis's memoir Walking with the Wind also refers to her involvement with the civil rights movement.

So I appreciate those aspects of her life, plus her considerable talent, on display in everything from The Trouble with Harry to the latest films.

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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:06 PM
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13. She's a bit cooky but she's cool
I'm not going to hold a few quirks against her :)
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:10 PM
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14. She used to be megasexy, now? She reminds me of my wives.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:11 PM
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15. What you don't "likey" your wives anymore or because
she aged? Or another reason?
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:24 PM
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18. No, I still love them, but I can see the kinks better.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:36 PM
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21. Well are you judging her on her acting or because she
likes to talk to dead people? ...just asking :evilgrin: :hi:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 04:04 PM
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25. I think it's all the past lives that did it.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 04:05 PM
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26. ...
:) :hi: :hug:
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 04:39 PM
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41. she's an old lady
hard to be megasexy when you're 80
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:21 PM
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17. Funfuckingtastic
She was fabolous in Irma La Douce. That's a real classic movie.

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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:25 PM
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19. Positive - "What a Way to Go" was a favorite when I was a kid.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:46 PM
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32. That's a great flick!
It had me :rofl:
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 02:00 PM
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39. "Irma La Douce", "What A Way To Go" and "Being There".
You can't grow up watching those movies and not love her.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:45 PM
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22. Strongly positive. Outspoken, hilarious, unafraid, and a great
Democrat as well.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:46 PM
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23. I think of that Irma movie.....first time I ever saw her...
it was one of my mom's favorites and I remember watching it with her...
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 03:47 PM
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24. Good times and bum times - I've seen 'em all, and, my dear
I'm still here

I LOVE huh.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 04:07 PM
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27. Isn't she the Queen of flakey 1970's personalities who are on Match Game?
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RedG1 Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 04:08 PM
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28. as Ouiser Boudreaux in 'Steel Magnolias' (1989)
she led and stood out in the ensemble cast...
from stage to live Vegas type singing and dancing, TV appearances and movie work IMHO she is the most versatile talented living actress...

Filmography:
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Artists and Models (1955)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
The Sheepman (1958)
The Matchmaker (1958)
Hot Spell (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
Ask Any Girl (1959)
Premier Khrushchev in the USA (1959) (documentary)
Career (1959)
Can-Can (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
Ocean's Eleven (1960) (Cameo)
All in a Night's Work (1961)
Two Loves (1961)
The Children's Hour (1961)
My Geisha (1962)
Two for the Seesaw (1962)
Irma la Douce (1963)
What a Way to Go! (1964)
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964)
The Car That Became a Star (1965) (short subject)
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
Gambit (1966)
Woman Times Seven (1967)
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
Desperate Characters (1971)
The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)
Year of the Woman (1973) (documentary)
The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975) (documentary) (also producer, writer, and director)
The Turning Point (1977)
Being There (1979)
Loving Couples (1980)
A Change of Seasons (1980)
Want to Be Beautiful (1981) (documentary)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Waiting for the Light (1990)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Defending Your Life (1991) (Cameo)
Used People (1992)
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary)
Guarding Tess (1994)
The Celluloid Closet (1995) (documentary)
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
The Evening Star (1996)
A Smile Like Yours (1997)
Get Bruce (1999) (documentary)
Bruno (2000) (also director)
These Old Broads (2001)
Broadway, the Golden Age: By the Legends Who Were There (2003) (documentary)
Carolina (2003)
Bewitched (2005)
In Her Shoes (2005)
Rumor Has It (2005)

Upcoming:
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2007) (documentary)
Closing the Ring (2007)

TV work:
Shirley's World (1971-1972)
Out on a Limb (1987)
The West Side Waltz (1995)
Joan of Arc (1999)
These Old Broads (2001)
Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002)
Salem Witch Trials (2002) (miniseries)

Academy Awards and Nominations:
1984 - Won Best Actress in a Leading Role - Terms of Endearment
1978 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - The Turning Point
1976 - Nominated Best Documentary, Features - The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir
1964 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Irma la Douce
1961 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - The Apartment
1959 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Some Came Running
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jukes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:08 PM
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29. was absolutely gorgeous
as a young woman, and a better-than-average actor. the psychic stuff is a little freaky, but there's def worse out there.

solid liberal.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:36 PM
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31. Positive.
"The Apartment" is one of my favorite movies.

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:48 PM
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33. "Two Mules for Sister Sarah"
She was tremendous in that movie!
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 05:50 PM
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34. Positive
I don't really mind odd beliefs as long as the ones espousing them aren't telling others that they're wrong for THEIR beliefs (a la Tom Cruise). I find them rather refreshing for the most part - people who are brave enough to be individuals.

Shirley MacLaine is a damn fine actress and seems like a fun, likable person. She kinda reminds me of my wacky Aunt Alice.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 06:14 PM
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35. Yes! I Would Definitely Associate The Word "Fun" With Her!
Edited on Fri Apr-28-06 06:24 PM by arwalden
I'd love to see what she's like at a party.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-28-06 08:32 PM
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36. she's from Virginia!
which already puts her up a few notches in my book!
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 10:45 AM
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37. Negative, I'm afraid
She was great in "Irma la Douce", but I haven't liked much she's been in since then, and all the past life stuff is so off-putting. How much of it is hype, I'm not really sure, but it's been around so long, and I haven't heard of attempts by her to deny it.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 04:41 PM
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42. deny it? she wrote books promoting it!
i haven't seen most of her movies but she was writing book after book pushing the past lives/new age stuff to the point where it was silly
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 10:53 AM
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38. she used to say she was willing to push a peanut up sunset blvd...
with her nose to be in the movies when she was young cause she came along after the hollywood 'star machine', but i like her in many projects, i like her in Guarding Tess too
:-)
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