Terms of Endearment, where her Oscar-winning character, Aurora Greenway was simply irresistible and utterly indescribable. I’ve seen that movie countless times, and each time I find something new in Aurora.

She is at once ballsy, brash, direct to a fault, and then fragile, sentimental, and big-hearted.Since I fell in love with Aurora, I ended up making a point to watch as many Shirley MacLaine movies as I could.

Each character seemed to encompass some of the attributes of Aurora, and I was always left with the impression that MacLaine was putting so much of herself into each part she played.I imagined her to be ballsy and fragile, brash and sentimental and direct and big-hearted.