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Shirley MacLaine’s Net Worth: How Much Did She Make in ‘Terms of Endearment’?

Shirley MacLaine’s Net Worth: How Much Did She Make in ‘Terms of Endearment’?

Shirley MacLaine has had quite a diverse career, ranging from actress and activist to successful author and adding to her net worth. MacLaine found early success on Broadway, which led her to get a contract from Paramount Pictures. She appeared in numerous movies in the 1950s and ’60s, getting to work with talented costars. One of her most memorable movies is 1960’s The Apartment, where Jack Lemmon is her costar.

But the movie that really kickstarted MacLaine’s career was in 1955, where she appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry. MacLaine won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Also in the ’50s, she appeared in Artists and Models starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Other movies were Some Came Running, Stranger with a Gun, Career, and Ask Any Girl.

With this early work and all the rest that would follow, MacLaine has amassed a net worth of $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Body of Work Helps Shriley MacLaine Net Worth

Besides The Apartment, other Shirley MacLaine movies include Can-Can, Irma La Douce, All in a Night’s Work, My Geisha, Gambit, and What A Way To Go. We cannot leave out Sweet Charity, an incredible film featuring MacLaine at her dancing best. Bob Fosse, a legendary dancer in his own right, directed this movie.

As the calendar turned into the 1970s, MacLaine made an impact with shows taking place at the London Palladium and the Palace Theater in New York City. The performances were then turned into an album titled Shirley MacLaine Live at the Palace. She also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in 1977’s The Turning Point.

Then, in 1978, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award. It’s dedicated to women who help to expand women’s roles in the entertainment industry. In 1979, MacLaine picked up a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Peter Sellers’ final film, Being There.

‘Terms of Endearment’ Led To Academy Award

Now, in the 1980s, MacLaine would find herself as part of the very successful cast in Terms of Endearment. For her role, MacLaine won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie, in which she co-starred with Jack Nicholson and Debra Winger, earned more than $108 million at the box office in the United States.

But she also had a rather dour experience when working with Anthony Hopkins on A Change of Seasons. Neither star got along with the other on the set, making the film process a mess. In 1982, MacLaine got divorced from her husband Steve Parker. It has been reported that their relationship was an open marriage. And, it’s also been shared that both had affairs.

Late in the decade, MacLaine costars with Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah in Steel Magnolias. Additional movie work would come her way in the ensuing decades, too.

MacLaine Is A Very Busy Author

When it comes to her books, MacLaine has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Topics she’s tackled include her own spiritual beliefs and a look at her career. She’s a believer in UFOs, even telling talk-show host Oprah Winfrey that she’s seen them above her New Mexico ranch.

When it comes to awards, MacLaine received one of the highest any actor or actress can receive. The American Film Institute, in 2012, gave her the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award. It was given to her as a recognition for her long career in the film world.

In her marriage to Parker, they had one child, a daughter named Sachi. And speaking of family, she has a rather famous brother, too. Actor Warren Beatty of Heaven Can Wait and Shampoo fame is related to her. Their birth name is Beaty, so he added a “t” to it for him. Shirley’s middle name is MacLean, and she tweaked it to make her last name.

MacLaine has proven to be successful across different platforms. While some people think she’s a bit of a kook, there are just as many who have a lot of respect for her. She owns a ranch and property out in New Mexico. At 89 years old, Shirley is living her best life these days.