Shirley MacLaine


American Contemporary Dancer, Film and Theater Actress, Singer, Dancer, Activist and Author, sister of Warren Beatty

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You know, I think I had my first past life recall when I was 7.

You think you have a handle on God, the Universe, and the Great White Light until you go home for Thanksgiving. In an hour, you realize how far you've got to go and who is the real turkey.

Yeah, I turned down 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.' Can you believe it? With 'Alice,' I thought, 'Martin Scorsese. I wonder if he knows what he's doing?' Oh, man, what a mistake! Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar for that role.

You have to be talentedly insecure in order to be a good actress. And then it's the director's job to make you more miserable and get a good take.

You know when you eat too many sweets and get diabetes? Paparazzi are the diabetes of materialistic culture.

Women being pitted each other another in Hollywood is an old tactic, but it's not real at all.

Women love working together. That's my experience anyway.

Who is being honored?

When she was a kid ? don't you love it?

When times are bad, people like to lose themselves in the sheer glamour of another period: beautiful wardrobes, magnificent meals served in elegant settings.

When you walk 10 hours, 11 hours a day by yourself, you are doing a walking meditation.

Well, success does not mean doing well.

Well, when you're relaxed, your mind takes you to the whole reality. There's no such thing as time when you're really relaxed. That's why meditation works.

We've had so many lifetimes of different cultures and different religions and different points of view and different wars and different loves and different children.

When a child comes in, I believe that it's a 'multipersonhood,' and it knows it, its consciousness knows it, and it has a nuclei in the center of its consciousness that is the repository of all experience and all knowledge. And when you look in the eyes of your baby and you feel this sense that they are an old soul, I believe indeed they are.

We need proof in our society.

They're with me all the (expletive) time. They're with me when I go in. They're with me when I come out. They're with me when I take a nap. They're there when my dog poops.

Things are done according to money these days.

This isn't about female relationship really. It is about familial relationship in which there are real problems: a suicide, and a hidden grandmother. So that's not really exploring female relationships. It's about, 'Why did my son-in-law do that?' And the girls' lives are out of control and (my character helps) bring their lives together with some kind of stability.

To prove it, I'm going to kiss your [bleep] - literally.

We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world.

The studios don't make stars. Great movies, great scripts make stars. I never had a chance to grow through my roles, I never had an acting class in my life. What the studios had were visionaries who cared about the movies, about making good movies.

There are stars who are proficiently paranoid enough to hide what they really think. I can't.

These mothers should be impounded with their cars for the rest of time.

They didn't even tell me about that. I found out the next day on set, ... They didn't even tell (co-star) Kevin Costner, either.

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American Contemporary Dancer, Film and Theater Actress, Singer, Dancer, Activist and Author, sister of Warren Beatty