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Shirley MacLaine stars in "Downton Abbey" as Martha Levinson.

Shirley MacLaine is a true screen legend whose illustrious career encompasses more than 50 feature films and is highlighted by an Academy Award and five additional Oscar nominations, an Emmy Award and five additional Emmy nominations, seven Golden Globe Awards — including the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award — and the title of international best-selling author.

She most recently received her eighteenth Golden Globe Award nomination, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, for her performance in the title role of the 2008 Lifetime Television movie "Coco Chanel." She also was seen in Garry Marshall's "Valentine's Day," opposite an all-star ensemble cast that included Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Roberts. MacLaine also recently appeared in "Bernie," opposite Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey.

MacLaine made her professional debut dancing in the 1950s Broadway revival of "Oklahoma," and made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry," earning a 1955 Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. For her starring role in "Some Came Running," she earned her first Academy Award nomination and her second Golden Globe nomination. She starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in "The Children's Hour," based on the controversial play by Lillian Hellman. MacLaine earned a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and her second Oscar nomination for her work in Billy Wilder's award-winning "The Apartment," co-starring Jack Lemmon. She reunited with Lemmon and Wilder for "Irma la Douce" in 1963, earning another Golden Globe Award and her third Best Actress Academy Award nomination.

In 1975, MacLaine received her fourth Oscar nomination, this time for Best Documentary Feature, as producer and star of "The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir." Two years later, she was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress for her starring role in "The Turning Point." MacLaine won the Best Actress Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her work in the 1983 drama "Terms of Endearment." She received a Golden Globe Award in 1989 for her performance in "Madame Sousatzka," and in 1998 was honored with the Hollywood Foreign Press's prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.

MacLaine's additional feature credits include such notable films as "Steel Magnolias," with Sally Field and Julia Roberts; "Postcards from the Edge," with Meryl Streep; "In Her Shoes," with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and "Rumor Has It…," with Jennifer Aniston.

As an author, MacLaine's books include "Out on a Limb," "Dancing in the Light," "The Camino," "Out on a Leash" and "Sage-ing While Age-ing," all of which are international bestsellers. She released her latest New York Times best-seller, "I'm Over All That – And Other Confessions" in April 2011.

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Age: 82 years old
Birthday: April 24, 1934
Height: 5' 7"
Full Name / Real Name: Shirley MacLean Beaty
Birthplace: Richmond, VA
Husband: Steve Parker (9/17/1954 - 1982, divorced, 1 child)

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