Shirley MacLaine, Hollywood acting legend, is a firm believer in the idea of having an open marriage. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actress is a great proponent of open marriages and has been involved in numerous affairs throughout her illustrious career. Her belief in open marriages started all the way back when she was involved with film producer Steve Parker. Shirley looked at her relationship with Steve as one between friends, rather than a lovers’ affair.
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Shirley MacLaine spoke on her relationship with Steve Parker.
“I guess you would say ‘practiced an open marriage’ in 1954, which was another lifetime. No one understood it, we did. He lived in Japan basically; I lived in America working, and this and that.”
The relationship ended in 1982 but welcomed a daughter, actress Sachi Parker, into the world. Sachi was raised mostly by her father. Despite the end of the marriage, Shirley MacLaine regards Steve Parker as the love of her life.
Shirley MacLaine spoke on the beauty of her marriage.
“I think that’s the basis for a long-lasting marriage, if you really want to do such a thing. I would say better to stay friends and we don’t have enough time to talk about the sexuality of all. I was very open about all of that and so was he.”
Shirley then spoke about how she is nowadays with her romantic life, saying that she is currently in a relationship but not with a man (or any number of men), but with her three dogs. She claims that her relationship with her three dogs is teaching her about “possessiveness with intimacy” and that she adores her dogs. She does admit that, because of her heavy work schedule, she has had to hire someone whom she calls a “dog nanny/food lady” to care for her dogs when she’s not available.
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Drama still happens to MacLaine in the new relationship she has because the dogs are more attached to their caregiver than to MacLaine herself.
Shirley spoke on her take on the dogs and caregiver love triangle.
“It is tough, I’m not kidding you. Totally indiscreet… I’m really learning what people will do for food.”
The actress recently released a book called Above the Line. According to The Washington Post, the book is a memoir on her experiences when she filmed her upcoming movie Wild Oats that also somewhat doubles as a diary on the making of the film.
Through the memoir, Shirley MacLaine details how being on the set made her remember her past lives. She once remembered being hung on a rope the same way that people were hung to be executed, and she also recalled creating a giant flying dragon who could move and travel everywhere. It may sound crazy, but Shirley MacLaine also recalls being around during the sinking of Atlantis because she believes that the location Wild Oats was filmed on, the Canary Islands, are the actual remnants of the lost city.
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Shirley MacLaine spoke on how Atlantis went down based on her own experience.
“The star people told me that it was the center of all energy for the Earth and was connected to each land mass, which would one day become countries. [When the island began to sink] I found myself crying, desperate to understand what had happened and why. The star people said, ‘Every feeling has its season.’ I asked out loud, ‘Does God have both positive and negative polarity? Is all this destruction part of a plan?’ They said nothing.”
According to Today, Shirley MacLaine doesn’t like being called “legendary.” It’s not that she doesn’t like the term, she just finds some difficulty in being called “legendary” or “iconic.” Could all the difficulty be rooted from accepting it? It’s a little hard to believe that she wouldn’t want to live up to the titles she rightfully earned through all these years of her being a gifted actress.
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