ISSUE DATE: June 22, 1959
ALSO APPEARED: May 14, 1984; Dec. 7, 1987
She dresses like a color-blind D.P. from Dogpatch. She claims to comb her scraggle-cropped, copper-colored hair with an eggbeater, but in fact usually attacks it only with her fingers. Her income has grown to six figures, but she haunts bargain counters, a born haggler. She handles her car like a hopped-up hot-rodder, laces into the Los Angeles freeway competition with the voice and free-wheeling vocabulary of a longshoreman.
She collects rubber bands, bubble gum, matchboxes, unmatched gloves, old typewriter ribbons and dull pencils. She is prone to the sulks, unwinds by tossing dishes at her husband, and coddles a breakfast taste for hot fudge sundaes. All this, burbling forth from a lithe, long-legged, freckled, near-perfect frame (34-24-34), Puts Shirley MacLaine in a new category; expert Hollywood status seekers consider her so far out that she is in, way in. Shirley, at 25, is the brightest face, the freshest character and the most versatile new talent in Hollywood.
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