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Coco Chanel (2008)

Coco Chanel (Shirley MacLaine) rises from humble beginnings to become an influential French fashion designer.

Emmy (Primetime) (2009) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Golden Globe (2008) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

In Her Shoes (2005)

Shirley MacLaine as "Ella Hirsh"

Irresponsible party girl Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is kicked out of her father's (Ken Howard) and stepmother's (Candice Azzara) home, where she lives for free, and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer Rose (Toni Collette). After Maggie's disruptive ways ruin her sister's love life, Rose turns her out as well. But when their grandmother, who they never knew existed, comes into their lives, the sisters face some complicated truths about themselves and their family.

Golden Globe (2005) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Guarding Tess (1994)

Shirley MacLaine as "Tess Carlisle"

Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage), an agent with the Secret Service Uniformed Division, is assigned to protect former first lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine). Chesnic finds the job demeaning and a challenge because of Tess' high-maintenance personality and petty demands. He's desperate to get another assignment, but she insists that he remain head of her security detail, using her influence with the current president to get her way. When she's kidnapped, however, Chesnic's feelings change.

Golden Globe (1994) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Postcards From the Edge (1990)

Shirley MacLaine as "Doris Mann"

Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on a slippery slope as a recovering addict. On exit from rehab, it is recommended she stay with her mother, who has become a somewhat champion drinker herself. Suzanne therefore struggles to maintain her sobriety and her sanity in the company of Doris.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1990) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1990) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Shirley MacLaine as "Ouiser Boudreaux"

M'Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and as friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) fixes the women's hair for the ceremony, they welcome a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle Dupuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah). Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn't bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1990) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role

Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Shirley MacLaine as "Madame Yuvline Sousatzka"

In London, eccentric piano instructor Madame Sousatzka (Shirley MacLaine) takes on a new prize protégé, Manek (Navin Chowdhry), a teenage Bengali immigrant who displays incredible talent. Manek forms a close bond with his teacher, but soon discovers that she expects her pupils to become disciplined in all areas of life, and not just behind the piano. As he struggles to meet the challenges, Manek must also deal with his mother (Shabana Azmi), who vies with his teacher for his attentions.

Golden Globe (1988) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Terms of Endearment (1983)

Shirley MacLaine as "Aurora Greenway"

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother's wishes. When the marriage grows sour due to Flap's cheating, Emma eventually splits from him, returning to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984) Nominated Actress
Academy Award (1983) Won Best Actress
Golden Globe (1983) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Being There (1979)

Shirley MacLaine as "Eve Rand"

Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his wealthy employer for his entire life and been educated only by television, is forced to vacate his home when his boss dies. While wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980) Nominated Actress
Golden Globe (1979) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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