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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!

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  • Shirley MacLaine1
    24

    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
    18

    Shirley Temple

    1928-04-23

    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
    17

    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
    18

    Shirley Booth

    1898-08-30

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Shirley Booth (born Marjory Ford, August 30, 1898 – October 16, 1992) was an American stage,...  more
  • Shirley Henderson5
    18

    Shirley Henderson

    1965-11-24

    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

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American writer, known...  more
  • Shirley Jones7
    17

    Shirley Jones

    1934-03-31

    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
    11

    Shirley Bassey

    1937-01-08

    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
    12

    Shirley Eaton

    1937-01-12

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Edgware

    Shirley Eaton (born 12 January 1937) is an English actress, model and author. She was a sex...  more
  • Shirley Manson10
    15

    Shirley Manson

    1966-08-26

    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
    10

    Shirley Horn

    1934-05-01

    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
    11

    BirthplaceUSA, Asheville, North Carolina

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

    BirthplaceEngland, Bolton

    Shirley Anne Field (born 27 June 1936) is an English actress who has performed on stage, film...  more
  • Shirley Williams14
    12

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, (née Catlin; born 27...  more
  • Shirley Knight15
    11

    Shirley Knight

    1936-07-05

    BirthplaceGoessel, USA, Kansas

    Shirley Knight Hopkins (July 5, 1936 – April 22, 2020) was an American actress who has...  more
  • Shirley Caesar16
    14

    Shirley Caesar

    1938-10-13

    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
    11

    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
    10

    Shirley Clarke

    1919-10-02

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Shirley Clarke (October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and...  more
  • Shirley Crabtree21
    7

    BirthplaceHalifax, United Kingdom

    Shirley Crabtree Jr. (14 November 1930 – 2 December 1997), better known as Big Daddy, was an...  more
  • Shirley Winters22
    10

    Shirley Winters

    1958-02-27
    Shirley Winters (born February 27, 1958) is a convicted murderer and arsonist from upstate New...  more
  • Shirley Dinsdale23
    11

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (October 31, 1926 – May 9, 1999), better known by her maiden name of...  more
  • Shirley Owens24
    5

    Shirley Owens

    1941-06-10

    BirthplaceHenderson, North Carolina

    Shirley Alston Reeves (born June 10, 1941, Henderson, North Carolina), born Shirley Owens, is...  more
  • Shirley Grey25
    5

    Shirley Grey

    1902-04-11

    BirthplaceNaugatuck, Connecticut, United States of America

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