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Who Is The Most Famous Shirley In The World?

Updated December 14, 2020 509 votes 31 voters 19.4k views62 items

List RulesVote up all of the Shirleys you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Shirley can you think of? The famous Shirleys below have many different professions, including notable actors named Shirley, famous athletes named Shirley, and even musicians named Shirley.

Shirley MacLaine is certainly one of the most famous Shirleys on this list. One of the famous actresses named Shirley, she made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry in 1955. The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, and Steel Magnolias are among her notable film roles.

Another of the famous people with the first name Shirley is Shirley Manson. She is the vocalist of the rock band Garbage. Some of the band's biggest hits include “I Think I'm Paranoid,” “Stupid Girl,” and “Only Happy When It Rains.”

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Shirley? Just add them to the list!

  • Shirley MacLaine1

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American film, television,...  more

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  • Shirley Temple2

    Shirley Temple


    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer,...  more

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  • Shirley Chisholm3

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Shirley Anita Chisholm (née St. Hill; November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American...  more
  • Shirley Booth4

    Shirley Booth


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Shirley Booth (born Marjory Ford, August 30, 1898 – October 16, 1992) was an American stage,...  more
  • Shirley Henderson5

    Shirley Henderson


    BirthplaceForres, United Kingdom

    Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. Her film roles include Gail...  more


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  • Shirley Jackson6


    Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American writer, known...  more
  • Shirley Jones7

    Shirley Jones


    BirthplaceCharleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Shirley Mae Jones (born March 31, 1934) is an American singer and actress. In her six decades...  more

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  • Shirley Bassey8

    Shirley Bassey


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer whose career began in...  more

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  • Shirley Eaton9

    Shirley Eaton


    BirthplaceEngland, London, Edgware

    Shirley Eaton (born 12 January 1937) is an English actress, model and author. She was a sex...  more
  • Shirley Manson10

    Shirley Manson


    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. She is...  more

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  • Shirley Horn11

    Shirley Horn


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Shirley Valerie Horn (May 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005) was an American jazz singer and pianist....  more
  • Shirley Hemphill12

    BirthplaceUSA, Asheville, North Carolina

    Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 – December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and...  more
  • Shirley Anne Field13

    BirthplaceEngland, Bolton

    Shirley Anne Field (born 27 June 1936) is an English actress who has performed on stage, film...  more
  • Shirley Williams14

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, (née Catlin; born 27...  more
  • Shirley Knight15

    Shirley Knight


    BirthplaceGoessel, USA, Kansas

    Shirley Knight Hopkins (July 5, 1936 – April 22, 2020) was an American actress who has...  more
  • Shirley Caesar16

    Shirley Caesar


    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Durham

    Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams, known professionally as Shirley Caesar (born October 13, 1938 in...  more

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  • Shirley Phelps-Roper17

    BirthplaceTopeka, Kansas

    Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political...  more
  • Shirley Mallmann18

    BirthplaceSanta Clara do Sul, Brazil

    Shirley Mallmann (born February 15, 1977) is a Brazilian model. She is considered the first...  more
  • Shirley Fry Irvin19

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Shirley June Fry Irvin (née Fry; born June 30, 1927) is a former world No. 1 tennis player...  more
  • Shirley Clarke20

    Shirley Clarke


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Shirley Clarke (October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and...  more
  • Shirley Crabtree21

    BirthplaceHalifax, United Kingdom

    Shirley Crabtree Jr. (14 November 1930 – 2 December 1997), better known as Big Daddy, was an...  more
  • Shirley Winters22

    Shirley Winters

    Shirley Winters (born February 27, 1958) is a convicted murderer and arsonist from upstate New...  more
  • Shirley Dinsdale23

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (October 31, 1926 – May 9, 1999), better known by her maiden name of...  more
  • Shirley Owens24

    Shirley Owens


    BirthplaceHenderson, North Carolina

    Shirley Alston Reeves (born June 10, 1941, Henderson, North Carolina), born Shirley Owens, is...  more
  • Shirley Grey25

    Shirley Grey


    BirthplaceNaugatuck, Connecticut, United States of America

    Shirley Grey (born Agnes Zetterstrand; April 11, 1902 – August 12, 1981) was an American...  more