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Born in Richmond, Va., on April 24, 1934, Shirley MacLaine moved to New York City and spent years as a Broadway chorus girl, eventually becoming an understudy to Carol Haney in "The Pajama Game." The first time she went on in Haney's place, she made a big impression on audiences and producers alike.

Snatched up by Hollywood, MacLaine's got her first film role in The Trouble with Harry (1955). She garnered the first of five Best Actress Oscar nominations for Some Came Running (1958), and she continued her streak of success with The Apartment (1960), Irma La Douce (1963) and the big-screen adaptation of the musical Sweet Charity (1969).

In later years, MacLaine opted for roles that blended comedy and drama, as illustrated in the films Being There (1979), 1983's Terms of Endearment (for which she finally won a Best Actress Oscar), Steel Magnolias (1989) and Postcards from the Edge (1990). Her work in In Her Shoes (2006) gained her a Golden Globe nod and her role as Coco Chanel got her an Emmy nod in 2009.

Shirley MacLaine in Wild Oats

Wild Oats

2016 PG-13

Eva (Shirley MacLaine), a widow and retired history teacher, enjoys a quiet life. Everything changes when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50,000. At the not-so-gentle urging her best friend Maddie (Jessica Lange), Eva deposits the money and the two friends head to the Canary Islands with every intention of living it up. But their fantasy is short-lived when they discover that they have become media sensations overnight. Fugitives from justice, the two are forced to outwit a trio of con men, led by the local Wine "warlord", Carlos (Santiago Segura), outmaneuver a dogged life insurance agent Vespucci (Howard Hesseman).

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