When I think back on all the trips I have done so far, my road trip from Cape Town to Windhoek will definitely go down as one of my all time favourites. 25 mots de plus
La technique que je propose dans cette vidéo est à utiliser lorsque nous avons eu un coup dur et que nous ressentons que nous sommes en train de basculer dans un puits de tristesse ou encore lorsque nous sommes déstabilisés par une période de stress intense.
Cette façon de faire peut aussi être utilisée lorsque nous vivons des minuscules frustrations qui répétées tout au long de la journée nous font perdre notre bonne humeur et notre énergie et nous décentre complètement de la direction que nous désirons donner à notre journée.
Elle est aussi très efficace pour reprogrammer nos autoroutes émotionnelles, nos « patterns émotionnels », comme je l’explique dans ma vidéo. Il faut comprendre que c’est notre cerveau qui crée les émotions en activant différents circuits électriques et en libérant des hormones qui vont colorer notre état interne. Plus nous vivons une émotion à répétition et plus nous renforçons son circuit, plus celle-ci devient prédominante et plus elle se transforme en humeur puis en caractère et en trait de personnalité.
Si nos autoroutes sont surtout celles qui véhiculent le cortisol, nous serons davantage soit sur la défensive ou encore agressif et nous aurons probablement l’étiquette d’être « bougon » ou encore « soupe au lait ». Nous aurions avantage à utiliser cette technique rapidement.
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Attention, je ne suis pas en train de dire qu’il faille refouler nos émotions aversives (négatives ou déplaisantes) et privilégier les émotions appétitives (positives ou plaisantes), celles que nous aimons vivre. Toutes nos émotions sont importantes, elles sont des messagères. Il est bon de savoir les raisons pour lesquelles nous vivons ces émotions et il ne faudrait pas les banaliser ou encore les balayer sous le tapis.
J’aime beaucoup la métaphore du camembert à cet effet. « Les émotions c’est un peu comme du camembert, si nous les mettons dans l’armoire en croyant se libérer, cela prendra quelques temps pour que toutes les pièces de la maison embaument de son odeur. »
Une émotion doit être ressentie et comprise avant tout, puis libérée. Nous croyons que nous n’avons que deux choix : exprimer nos émotions ou les refouler, les cacher pour qu’elles ne dérangent personne. Nous avons aussi le choix « d’être avec », ce qui veut dire les écouter même lorsqu’elles murmurent et les valider, leur donner du sens pour mieux comprendre ce qui se passe en nous. Pour avoir une chronique complète sur le sujet c’est ici Comment baisser sa réactivité grâce aux neurones inhibiteurs
Car effectivement nous avons tendance à chercher l’origine de nos émotions à l’extérieur de nous et ainsi abandonner notre pouvoir personnel et rester à la merci des circonstances. Mais en fait, nos émotions viennent toujours de nous, du sens que l’on donne à l’évènement. C’est un peu comme si nous avions un centre d’analyse où il y avait une énorme bibliothèque dans notre cerveau, et chaque sensation y était répertorié et associé à une émotion ( voir article à ce sujet ) Souhaiteriez-vous cocréer avec votre coeur et votre cerveau?).
Ce qui veut dire que pour quelqu’un, la vue et l’odeur d’un biscuit à l’avoine suscite un apaisement et sentiment de douceur car sa grand-mère l’accueillait au retour de l’école avec ces biscuits frais sortis du four. Ici je simplifie au maximum mais ce centre détient les associations que notre cerveau a élaborées tout au long de notre vie.
Prenons l’exemple de Colette qui revient de vacances. Elle croise le regard de son directeur lors d’un évènement, mais il ne lui fait aucun sourire. Tout de suite le cerveau de Colette s’active, elle ressent une émotion d’inconfort, puis de la confusion, ce qui la porte à se poser encore plus de questions car le cerveau de Colette associe ce « non sourire » à un manque de respect, ce qui lui fait libérer encore plus de cortisol. Elle se demande: mais quelle est la raison pour laquelle il ne m’a pas souri? Peut-être était-il trop occupé? Mais peut-être aussi s’est-il aperçu pendant mon absence que je ne suis pas importante car ne pas sourire à quelqu’un, c’est de lui dire qu’il n’est pas important, qu’il n’a pas sa place dans le groupe. Peut-être a-t-il pris la décision de me renvoyer? Etc…
Si la libération de cortisol perdure c’est parce que nous l’encourageons avec nos pensées. Aussi tout dépend de comment le cerveau de Colette a hiérarchisé sa place dans la pyramide sociale de son milieu de travail et de l’influence de ses conditionnements passés et alors, , elle réagira d’une façon ou d’une autre. Ce ne sont pas toutes les personnes qui auraient réagi de la même façon à cette situation. Si vos désirez avoir plus d’informations sur la pyramide sociale c’et ici Profitez de l’été pour reprogrammer votre cerveau
En même temps la sérotonine que nous sécrétons par notre rang social inconscient est priorisé par tous car nous l’interprétons comme une question cruciale à notre survie.Colette aurait très bien pu se calmer simplement en se retirant du groupe, en s’assoyant pour être simplement dans son corps avec ses ressentis, en respirant à travers ceux-ci, en étant simplement à l’écoute de ses sensations corporelles jusqu’à ce qu’elles soient dissipées. Habituellement lorsque le mental se tait, c’est très rapide. Puis une fois calmée, elle irait trouver son directeur afin de vérifier ses doutes.
Par moment certaines situations nous causent beaucoup d’émotions et de pensées et nous nous sentons bloqués comme si nous étions incapables d’avancer. Nous ne savons pas comment vivre la situation et ainsi nos émotions aversives prennent beaucoup d’énergie et peuvent même nous faire basculer dans un état dépressif ou de grande colère ou de nervosité. Si nous comprenons ce qu’il nous arrive et que nous savons exactement ce dont nous avons besoin pour faire un lâcher prise et que nous désirons reprendre rapidement notre énergie, cette façon de faire est avantageuse pour nous. Mais attention elle ne doit surtout pas être utilisée comme une « aspirine » pour camoufler les symptômes si nous manquons de recul et de compréhension envers la situation.
Il est important de mémoriser, que toute émotion que l’on essaie de refouler est un peu comme si nous essayons de garder sous l’eau, un énorme ballon de plage. Cela demande beaucoup d’énergie et nous risquons de recevoir le ballon au visage, un jour ou l’autre, et cela sans avertissement. De plus, à réprimer nos émotions aversives, nous perdons en intensité sur nos émotions appétitives. Le but n’est pas d’éteindre notre feu émotionnel mais plutôt cocréer avec notre corps et notre système nerveux tout comme nous utilisons la méditation et la pratique de la cohérence cardiaque pour mieux se recentrer et avoir une plus grande tolérance à la frustration.
Voici un vidéo qui fait sourire
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Lorsque nous sourions ou rions, ainsi notre pression artérielle diminue, notre thorax se détend et nous respirons plus facilement. Notre cerveau libère des neurotransmetteurs essentiels comme :
• la sérotonine qui améliore l’humeur et les cycles du sommeil, suscite aussi le sentiment d’être respecté par les autres et nous donne de la fierté. C’est elle qui nous donne ce sentiment de paix, de bien-être et elle est présente en plus grande quantité dans notre tube digestif car elle y joue un rôle primordial.
• l’endorphine qui est décrite comme étant l’hormone du bonheur, elle provoque l’euphorie, elle est anxiolytique et revitalisante en plus d’être un antidouleur efficace.
Tout en respectant nos émotions, il est possible d’utiliser les moments où nous sommes au neutre, pour développer des autoroutes différentes de celles auxquelles nous sommes habitués et ainsi sortir de nos automatismes émotionnels ou encore des réponses naturelles de notre corps à la suite d’évènements difficiles.
Utilisons le corps pour déjouer notre cerveau et augmenter notre intelligence émotionnelle.
Nous pouvons déjouer notre cerveau des émotions (le cerveau limbique) et transformer nos émotions car elles sont avant tout des ressentis physiques interprétés par notre cerveau qui vient y associer une signification similaire à notre passé . C’est pour cette raison que les pratiques corporelles sont très efficaces pour modifier nos « patterns » émotionnels.
- Utiliser le rire, c’est un soleil artificiel qui illumine notre quotidien. Si cette brillante lumière a suffisamment éclairé notre journée, nous nous endormons facilement comme un enfant car eux ont encore leurs cœurs d’enfant et ils rient beaucoup plus souvent que nous dans une journée. Le rire est un aimant. Avez-vous remarqué comme il est contagieux et comme nous sommes curieux de savoir ce qui fait rire nos voisins, nous souhaitons rire aussi à notre tour.
2. Aussi le rire tisse les liens. Nous aimons être en présence de personnes qui allègent notre journée par le rire. Il donne des vitamines, il est bon pour le corps et notre cerveau. Nous l’avons compris rapidement, car nous allons facilement vers ceux qui nous font rire.
3. Écouter une musique entraînante, chanter, danser, tous ces gestes illuminent notre journée, elle met de la lumière là où il en manque.
4. Pour penser à sourire et rire, dessinons-nous sur la main un bonhomme sourire et commençons à apprendre des blagues que nous pourrons raconter à nos proches. Sourire c’est rajeunir!
Créons nos autoroute du Bonheur !
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Over the years Rod Best has been involved in training and
developing of singers and musicians as well as writing music
arrangements for small stage band through to large
orchestras, direction of major musical productions and song
He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music in Jazz Improvisation and Advanced Arranging,
developing a wealth of experience in composition and
arrangement in jazz and contemporary keyboarding styles.
He has also studied under some great Australian jazz piano
players including Tony Ansell, Mike Nock, Michael
Bartolomei, Chuck Yates, Judy Bailey, Dave Fennell, Vince
Genova and Kevin Hunt.
He studied at Jazz Worx in Brisbane and received an Associate Diploma in Jazz.
Rod is married to Jan and lives in Queensland, Australia.
Rod has released five instrumental albums called “Best Of Smooth”,
“The Best of Rod Best”, “Groove On”, “A Peaceful Place”
and “The Next Level” as well as a number of instrumental
“In the Groove”,
“Turn Up the Heat”,
“Piano Groove Time”,
“Listen Up Now”,
and “A Good Note”
He has also completed a collaboration EP project with
“Light of Love” from Chicago called
“The Best Of Christmas”.
All Rod’s music is available at www.rodbestmusic.com
or from iTunes, CD Baby, Apple Music, Songtradr, Spotify or
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No comment, no words could express what we could feel in watching this video. Just Enjoy it. Like it, share it to your friends and readers …
Aucun mot, aucun commentaire ne pourrait exprimer nos sentiments suite au visionnage de cette vidéo. Juste appréciez là à sa juste valeur. Likez, partagez… C’est à vous
Damian Muller’s ORIGINAL & refreshing songs will make you laugh, sometimes cry, and always smile. “YOU’VE STILL GOT IT” is his second CD of his own songs that will touch your heart with his real-life, uplifting, humorous, and poignant stories. The CD features an ALL-STAR CAST of incredible musicians: Jim Van Cleve, Aaron Ramsey, Seth Taylor, Russ Carson, and tight blend of smooth family harmonies.
Damian is a long-time Richmond, VA songwriter and performer.
In addition to being an award-winning bluegrass bassist, Damian is currently the principal bassist for The Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra.
About “YOU’VE STILL GOT IT”
Produced by Jim Van Cleve & Damian Muller
Recorded by David Hall at Studio Studio, Franklin, TN
1. THERE’S NO FUTURE LIVING IN THE PAST – Hard Driving Bluegrass – about meeting someone from your past. It may take you back to that time in your life, but you can’t spend your life looking back.
2. HALF AND INCH OF SNOW – Hilarious yet true story whenever it snows anywhere in the south. Upbeat acoustic swing style.
3. THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA – A poignant patriotic ballad for our time – Inspired by the many good things in this country that make us proud to be Americans.
4. YOU’VE STILL GOT IT – a Bouncy Bluegrass Song – Everyone who’s been in a relationship a long time wants to hear that they’ve still got it.
5. GALAX STATE OF MIND – Upbeat Bluegrass – There’s nothing quite like spending a week at the fiddlers convention in Galax, Virginia playing music night and day.
6. CLAP YOUR HANDS – Bluegrass Gospel – Everyone and every church has many reasons to celebrate!
7. ON MY WAY – a touching true story about someone who lived his faith every day of his life.
8. THINGS ARE LOOKING UP – Hard Driving & Lighthearted Bluegrass – This is for anyone who found their true love the second time around.
9. NEVER TOO OLD – Acoustic ballad any baby boomer or senior can relate to. It’s never too old to find love & happiness.
10. SHENANDOAH HOME – Upbeat Bluegrass – Going to Shenandoah National Park always feels like going home. However, for folks whose families lived there before it was a park, going home takes on a different meaning.
11. BE NOT AFRAID – a wonderful Bluegrass Gospel Quartet inspired by the scriptures.
12. LOVE LIVES FOREVER – a touching Bluegrass Ballad about remembering our grandparents’ love – and wanting to pass that love on to our own grandchildren.
13. LONG WAY TO GO – an exciting, upbeat Gospel Bluegrass Quartet with terrific harmonies & a great message.
From his last Album, we can listen to Steady Work
Saturday 19th of May 2018
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Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is an experienced and efficient assassin living a lonely life in accordance with his family’s business. Victor follows a family line of professional assassins, and he completes his assignments quickly and without remorse.
One afternoon, after killing one of his targets, he hesitates in killing the pet parrot, Roger, and instead takes him as a gift to his mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins) an intimidating woman who was, until recently, also Victor’s housemate.
In celebration of his 55th birthday, she gives him a leather bound book with newspaper clippings of each of his kills from his first to his most recent, leaving pages for future hits to be included.
She also expresses concern that he might be homosexual, wondering why he hasn’t produced a successor.
Rose (Emily Blunt) is a not-so-average girl with a talent for thievery.
Her most recent theft involves the sale of a fake Rembrandt painting (painted by her friend in the Restoration Department of the National Gallery) to Ferguson (Rupert Everett), managing to swindle him out of £900,000.
Ferguson soon discovers the swap and hires the best hitman, Victor Maynard, to dispose of her. Victor takes the case and immediately tracks Rose down, missing several opportunities to kill her, and accidentally killing a random stall customer in a changing room.
He follows her to a balcony opposite her hotel room and tries to shoot her through the window, but is interrupted by the arrival of the front doorman.
Victor sets up a microphone and headset to keep her under surveillance, but falls asleep, unable to listen to their noisy lovemaking. He wakes the following morning, just as she is leaving. He has the opportunity to shoot but pauses.
His mother, Louisa, is disappointed by this missed target (and has apparently killed Roger with a knitting needle) and suggests that Victor apologize to his employer and offer to do the hit for free. He tracks Rose down in a parking garage where he sees another hitman ready to kill her. He takes the preemptive shot, killing the other assassin.
He and Rose get into her car, only to be forced out again by Mike (Gregor Fisher), another assassin hiding in the back seat of her Mini. Mike throws Victor’s gun away and lines them up on the wall to be shot and killed, but instead is wounded by Tony (Rupert Grint), an apparently homeless young man who had picked up the dead man’s gun. Saying it was his first time handling a firearm, he impresses Victor enough to consider a protégé.
But he sends Tony home and Victor and Rose flee. Mike starts firing at them and they nearly run over Tony on his way out of the garage, forcing him to join the ride.
Rose offers Victor his price of £30,000 a week for her protection, believing that he is merely a private detective. They travel to a luxury hotel where they can lay low, but by chance get a room on the same floor as Ferguson. Ferguson hires Dixon (Martin Freeman), reputed to be second only to Maynard in proficiency, to kill Rose and Maynard. After several close calls, Mike, who is also Ferguson’s bodyguard, discovers their whereabouts when he spots a pair of boots that Rose had stolen from his dead partner.
Tony is ambushed in the bathroom and nearly drowned in the bathtub by Mike, but he turns the tables and accidentally shoots Mike’s ear off before the three of them escape the hotel. Ferguson and Mike pursue them in a high-speed chase through the streets of London until Mike loses control and crashes the car, sending the pair to the hospital.
They travel to Maynard’s home, an exclusive farm deep in the countryside, where his furniture is shrink-wrapped and his cat, Snowy, resides with him. Maynard takes Tony on as his apprentice in “private detective” work.
One night (after a sensual foot-massage between Victor and Rose), Rose is attacked by Louisa (Victor’s mother), who had come back to the house to finish what her son had started. He eventually talks her down and after she leaves, the three of them work on becoming friends.
Rose and Tony help Victor celebrate his birthday, and, after a brief period of sexual confusion between Tony and Maynard, Victor falls in love with and sleeps with Rose. Afterwards, his attitude becomes more friendly, and Victor peels off the plastic coverings on all of his furniture and opens up the house. Meanwhile, Rose looks around Victor’s room, finding the leather book that his mother had given him and learning that she was actually his target for assassination.
She also finds Victor’s father’s first gun, a Broomhandle Mauser, and steals it for protection. She runs out of the house after making it clear that she trusts neither Victor nor Tony, and returns to the National Gallery, only to find her friend dead and Dixon and his assistant, Fabian (Geoff Bell), waiting for her.
They quickly return to Victor’s home, and Tony and Victor gain the upper hand when Louisa appears, killing Fabian with a machine gun. Dixon withdraws the old gun Rose had taken from Victor’s room and fires at Victor. It backfires, sending the bolt into his skull. Victor, Tony and Rose bury the pair in the back yard and return to their lives.
Three years later, Victor and Rose are married with a son named Angel and Tony has moved in with them. While Angel is playing one morning, Tony comes outside asking Victor and Rose where the cat had gone off to. They look at Angel in awe as he is innocently patting soft dirt into the yard, suggesting he killed and buried the cat. Victor smiles with pride.
- Bill Nighy as Victor Maynard: A middle aged hit man who is hired by Ferguson to kill Rose after she cons Ferguson out of £1,000,000. After purposely missing an opportunity to shoot Rose, Ferguson sends his henchmen to do the deed. Victor kills one henchman and injures another when he is looking for Rose and, concealing his true profession, helps her escape with the help of local slacker, Tony. He adopts Tony as his apprentice and Victor realizes he’s fallen in love with Rose.
- Emily Blunt as Rose: A confident con artist who oversteps the mark when she cons Ferguson out of £1,000,000 and leaves him with a convincing copy of a Rembrandt self-portrait. Realizing the danger she is in, she stays with Victor and Tony in an attempt to escape her attempted assassination. Her adventurous lifestyle takes a turn when she realizes her enjoyment of Victor’s company.
- Rupert Grint as Tony: A young man who witnesses Victor shooting Ferguson’s bodyguard and decides to stay with Victor for safety. Victor employs him as an apprentice (with Tony thinking Victor is a private detective and later, upon learning Victor is a hit man, taking it in stride) and he soon realizes he has a ‘killer instinct’.
- Eileen Atkins as Louisa Maynard: Victor’s intimidating mother who, while impressed with his profession, is concerned as to what will happen to the family business.
- Rupert Everett as Ferguson: A London gangster who hires Victor to kill Rose.
- Martin Freeman as Hector Dixon: A sadistic assassin who plays second-fiddle to Victor Maynard. While influenced by Victor, Dixon jumps at the opportunity given to him by Ferguson to dispose of the greatest hit-man ever known.
- Gregor Fisher as Mike: Ferguson’s incompetent henchman whose several attempts to kill Victor, Rose, and Tony leave him in hospital … and with one ear.
- Geoff Bell as Fabian: Dixon’s dull-witted partner.
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The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Networkfrom May 5, 1977, until May 24, 1986; three-hour specials aired in 1986–87 and 1990.
The series revolves around the ship’s captain (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers – played by various guest actors for each episode – having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC’s popular Saturday-night lineup that included Fantasy Island until that series ended in 1984.
The original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based (also titled The Love Boat) was itself based on the nonfiction book Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director. Two more TV movies (titled The Love Boat II and The New Love Boat) would follow before the series began its first season in September 1977.
The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several TV series for Four Star, and ABC from the 1960s into the 1980s.
In 1997, the episode with segment titles “Hidden Treasure,” “Picture from the Past,” and “Ace’s Salary” (season 9, episode 3) was ranked No. 82 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. The Love Boat ran for nine seasons plus four specials. A made-for-TV movie, titled The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, starring four of the original cast members, aired on February 12, 1990.
Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing
Bernie Kopell as Dr. Adam “Doc” Bricker, ship’s physician
Fred Grandy as Burl “Gopher” Smith, Yeoman Purser (seasons 1–9)
Ted Lange as Isaac Washington, bartender
Lauren Tewes as Julie McCoy, Cruise Director (seasons 1–7, 9 (1 episode), 4 specials)
Jill Whelan as Vicki Stubing, the captain’s daughter (seasons 3–9, 4 specials, made-for-TV movie, plus a guest star appearance in Season 2 episode 8)
Ted McGinley as Ashley “Ace” Covington Evans, ship’s photographer (seasons 7–9),
Pat Klous as Judy McCoy, Julie’s sister and successor as cruise director (seasons 8–9)
MacLeod, Kopell and Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the TV series as well as the last three made-for-TV movies. Grandy was in every episode throughout the run of the series, but was not in the last of the TV movies. MacLeod was not the captain of the Pacific Princess in the first two TV movies and did not appear in them, although when his character was introduced there was a mention of him being “the new captain”.
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Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author.
An Academy Award winner, MacLaine received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in 2013. She is known for her New Age beliefs, and has an interest in spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a series of autobiographical works that describe these beliefs, document her world travels, and describe her Hollywood career.
A six-time Academy Award nominee, MacLaine received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature for The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), and Best Actress nominations for Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), and The Turning Point (1977), before winning Best Actress for Terms of Endearment (1983). She twice won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, for Ask Any Girl (1959), and The Apartment (1960).
MacLaine won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Special for the 1976 TV special, Gypsy In My Soul. She has also won five competitive Golden Globe Awards and received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 ceremony.
Named after Shirley Temple (who was 6 years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a drama teacher, originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. MacLaine’s younger brother is the actor, writer and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor.
Their parents raised them as Baptists. Her uncle (her mother’s brother-in-law) was A. A. MacLeod, a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the 1940s.
While MacLaine was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington and Waverly, eventually taking a position at Arlington’s Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. MacLaine played baseball in an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs which earned her the nickname “Powerhouse”. During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.
As a toddler she had weak ankles and would fall over with the slightest misstep, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the Washington School of Ballet at the age of three.
This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, she always played the boys’ roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class.
Eventually she had a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; while warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but then tightened the ribbons on her toe shoes and proceeded to dance the role all the way through before calling for an ambulance.
Ultimately she decided against making a career of professional ballet because she had grown too tall and was unable to acquire perfect technique.
She explained that she didn’t have the ideal body type, lacking the requisite “beautifully constructed feet” of high arches, high insteps and a flexible ankle.
Also slowly realizing ballet’s propensity to be too all-consuming, and ultimately limiting, she moved on to other forms of dancing, acting and musical theater.
MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1955), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. This was quickly followed by her role in the Martin and Lewis film Artists and Models (also 1955).
Soon afterwards, she had a role in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). This was followed by Hot Spell and a leading role in Some Came Running (both 1958); for the latter film she gained her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
Her second Oscar nomination came two years later for The Apartment (1960), starring with Jack Lemmon.
The film won five Oscars, including Best Director for Billy Wilder. She later said, “I thought I would win for The Apartment, but then Elizabeth Taylor had a tracheotomy.” She starred in The Children’s Hour (1961) also starring Audrey Hepburn and James Garner, based on the play by Lillian Hellman and directed by William Wyler.
She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce (1963), which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon. Don Siegel, her director on Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) said of her: “It’s hard to feel any great warmth to her. She’s too unfeminine and has too much balls. She’s very, very hard.”
At the peak of her success, she replaced Marilyn Monroe in Irma la Douce and What a Way to Go! (1964). Other films from this period include Gambit (1966), with Michael Caine, and the film version of the musical Sweet Charity (1968), based on the script for Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria released a decade earlier.
MacLaine’s documentary film The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), co-directed with Claudia Weill, concentrates on the experiences of women in China. It was nominated for the year’s Documentary Feature Oscar.
Co-starring with Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977), MacLaine portrayed a retired ballerina much like herself; she was nominated for an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 1978, she was awarded the Women in FilmCrystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
In Being There (1979), she appeared with Peter Sellers. In a short-lived MacLaine television sitcom, Shirley’s World (1971–72), co-produced by Sheldon Leonard and ITC and shot in the United Kingdom, she was cast as a photojournalist.
MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb;
The Salem Witch Trials;
These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins;
Coco, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel.
She appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the British drama Downton Abbey as Martha Levinson, mother to Cora, Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern) and Harold Levinson (played by Paul Giamatti) in 2012–2013.
In February 2016, it was announced that MacLaine will star in the live-action family film A Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, to be produced by MVP Studios.
MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi.
In April 2011, while promoting her new book, I’m Over All That, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had had an open relationship with her husband.
MacLaine also told Winfrey that she often fell for the leading men she worked with, with the exceptions of Jack Lemmon (The Apartment) and Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment).
MacLaine has also gotten into feuds with such notable co-stars as Anthony Hopkins (A Change of Seasons), who said that “she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with,” and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment).
MacLaine has claimed that, in a previous life in Atlantis, she was the brother to a 35,000-year-old spirit named Ramtha channeled by American mystic teacher and author J. Z. Knight.
She has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics, the central theme of some of her best-selling books including Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. She has undertaken such forms of spiritual exploration as walking the Way of St. James, working with Chris Griscom and practicing Transcendental Meditation.
Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has also made its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks’s romantic comedy Defending Your Life (1991), the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the “Past Lives Pavilion”.
In Postcards from the Edge (1990), MacLaine sings a version of “I’m Still Here”, with customized lyrics created for her by composer Stephen Sondheim. One of the lyrics was changed to “I’m feeling transcendental – am I here?” In the television movie These Old Broads, MacLaine’s character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.
She has an interest in UFOs, and gave numerous interviews on CNN, NBC and Fox news channels on the subject during 2007–8. In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing (2007), she described alien encounters and witnessing a Washington, D.C. UFO incident in the 1950s.In the April 2011 edition of the Oprah show MacLaine stated that she and her neighbor observed numerous UFO incidents at her New Mexico ranch for extended periods of time.
MacLaine is godmother to the daughter of former Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.
Along with her brother, Warren Beatty, MacLaine used her celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern’s campaign for president in 1972.That year, she authored the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs.
On February 7, 2013, Penguin Group USA published Sachi Parker’s autobiography Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine.MacLaine has called the book “virtually all fiction”.
MacLaine starred in A Change of Seasons (1980) alongside Anthony Hopkins, and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983), playing Debra Winger’s mother. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for Madame Sousatzka (1988).
She has continued to star in major films, such as Steel Magnolias with Sally Field, Julia Roberts and other stars. In 2000 she made her feature-film directorial debut and starred in Bruno, which was released to video as The Dress Code. MacLaine has starred in Postcards from the Edge (1990) with Meryl Streep, playing a fictionalized version of Debbie Reynolds from a screenplay by Reynolds’s daughter, Carrie Fisher; Used People (1992) with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates; Guarding Tess (1994) with Nicolas Cage; Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser; Rumor Has It… (2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston; In Her Shoes (also 2005) with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and Closing the Ring (2007) directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer.
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