MacLaine, Shirley (1934- )

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The Shirley MacLaine collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, photographs, printed material, film and video, audio material, personal memorabilia, and other items.

Manuscripts by MacLaine in the collection include her works Don’t Fall Off the Mountain (1970); McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs (edited by MacLaine, 1972); You Can Get There From Here (1975); Dancing In the Light (1987); It’s All In the Playing (1987); Going Within: A Guide for Inner Transformation (1989); Dance While You Can (1991); Out on a Limb (1993); My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir (1995); The Atlantis Effect (1996); I’m Over All That: And Other Confessions (2011), and a draft of What If….

Also present are numerous short stories, speeches, monologues, articles, interview transcripts, fragments, and notes. In addition, there are many manuscripts by various other authors, including several screenplays and stage plays, some of which contain MacLaine’s notes.

Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters, dating from the 1930s to the 2010s. Letters from MacLaine’s family, friends, business associates, and fans are present. Notable correspondents include Bella Abzug, Woody Allen, Steve Allen, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Warren Beatty, James Brady, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Bronson, Helen Gurley Brown, Jerry Brown, George Burns, George H.W. Bush, Nicholas Cage, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Jacque Chirac, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Condon, Senator Alan Cranston, Sammy David Jr., Phyllis Diller, Clint Eastwood, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jane Fonda, Bob Fosse, John Gielgud, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Howard Gotlieb, Cary Grant, Congressman Michael Harrington, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Jeffery Katzenberg, Gene Kelly, John and Robert Kennedy, Larry King, Irving Lazar, Jack Lemmon, Joshua Logan, Henry R. Luce, Chuck Mangione, Dean Martin, Groucho Marx, Roddy McDowell, George McGovern, Toshiro Mifune, Liza Minnelli, Walter Mondale, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Sydney Pollack, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Roony, Herbert Ross, Pierre Salinger, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Martin Scorsese, Amanda Seyfried, Cybill Shepherd, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Han Suyin, Elizabeth Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Lew Wasserman, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Zemeckis.

Professional material primarily consists of detailed files kept by MacLaine regarding her various projects. The main topics include films, television projects, stage productions, book projects, seminars given by MacLaine, public events she attended, public relations and publicity, and business propositions and solicitations received over the years.

Photographs in the collection include images of MacLaine from childhood to adulthood. Included are several images pertaining to MacLaine’s professional careers as a dancer and actress, as well as her world travels, her political activism, and several photos of friends and family. Notable figures represented include Bella Abzug, Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Hal Ashby, Richard Attenborough, Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, Leonid Brezhnev, Carol Burnett, George H. W. and Barbara Bush, Sid Caesar, Michael Caine, Cantinflas, George Carlin, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Fidel Castro, Claude Chabrol, Glenn Close, Joan Collins, Tony Curtis, Alain Delon, Vittorio DeSica, Phyllis Diller, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Duvall, Amelia Earhart, Sally Field, Glenn Ford, Bob Fosse, Merv Griffin, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson, John Huston, Elton John, Gene Kelly, Edward, John and Robert Kennedy, Jerry Lewis, Fred MacMurray, Groucho Marx, George McGovern, Liza Minelli, Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Edward R. Murrow, David Niven, Richard Nixon, Sachi Parker, Dolly Parton, Sidney Poitier, Richard Pryor, Anthony Quinn, Julia Roberts, Herbert Ross, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Donald Sutherland, Dick Van Dyke, Hal Wallis, Billy Wilder and William Wyler.

Printed material in the collection is extensive. Newspaper clippings, magazines, and other printed items regarding MacLaine are numerous and date from the 1930s through the 2010s. These include articles and interviews regarding MacLaine, as well as MacLaine on the cover of Life magazine (1963). Also included is MacLaine’s collection of programs from plays she attended.

Film and video recordings consist of videocassettes of MacLaine’s film and television roles, as well as guest appearances. Also included are DVDs regarding MacLaine’s promotional materials and interviews; DVD montages of MacLaine on set; and Roddy McDowall’s VHS collection.

Audio material includes long-playing records, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and compact discs. They consist of speeches by MacLaine and interviews with her, as well as her personal collection of musical recordings.

Memorabilia consists of many items, including several mementos from MacLaine’s elementary and secondary school days (notebooks, drawings, report cards, diplomas, buttons, ballet shoes, etc.) and various items saved from film and theater projects (including some costumes). Also present are several awards presented to MacLaine, dating from the 1950s on, including nominations for Best Actress in a Television Film or Miniseries, regarding MacLaine as Coco Chanel.

Other material in the collection includes approximately fifty scrapbooks and diaries kept by MacLaine, dating from 1940 to 1990; electronic media consisting of production stills regarding MacLaine as Coco Chanel; and various pieces of art received by MacLaine, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures of her by various artists.

Notable Figures
1. MacLaine, Shirley, 1934-
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Dance Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section