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Who Is The Most Famous Shirley In The World?

Updated December 14, 2020 539 votes 47 voters 20.7k views62 items

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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!

  • 1

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, USA

    Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American film, television, and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, and author. An Academy Award winner, MacLaine received...  more

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    Shirley Temple


    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

    Alternative NameShirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple, Shirley Temple-Black

    Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from...  more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Shirley Anita Chisholm (née St. Hill; November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States...  more
  • 4

    Shirley Booth


    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Shirley Booth (born Marjory Ford, August 30, 1898 – October 16, 1992) was an American stage, film, radio and television actress. Primarily a theater actress, Booth began her career on Broadway in...  more
  • 5

    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 in show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such...  more

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    Shirley Bassey


    BirthplaceTiger Bay, United Kingdom

    Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond...  more

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    Shirley Henderson


    BirthplaceForres, United Kingdom

    Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. Her film roles include Gail in Trainspotting (1996), Jude in the three Bridget Jones films (2001/04/16), and Moaning Myrtle in Harry...  more


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  • 8

    Shirley Eaton


    BirthplaceEdgware, London, United Kingdom

    Shirley Eaton (born 12 January 1937) is an English actress, model and author. She was a sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s, often dubbed the Cockney blonde bombshell for her London accent, blonde hair...  more
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    Shirley Jackson



    Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American writer, known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Over the duration of her writing career, which spanned over...  more

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    Shirley Knight


    BirthplaceGoessel, Kansas, United States of America

    Alternative NameShirley Knight

    Shirley Knight Hopkins (July 5, 1936 – April 22, 2020) was an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 feature films, made-for-television movies, television series, and Broadway and...  more
  • 11

    Shirley Manson


    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. She is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career, Manson...  more

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    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. She collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceUSA, Asheville, North Carolina

    Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 – December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and actress. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Hemphill moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue a...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceBolton, England

    Shirley Anne Field (born 27 June 1936) is an English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955....  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, (née Catlin; born 27 July 1930), is a British politician and academic who represents the Liberal Democrats. Originally a Labour...  more
  • 16

    Shirley Caesar


    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Durham

    Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams, known professionally as Shirley Caesar (born October 13, 1938 in Durham, North Carolina), is an American Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist whose career...  more

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  • 17

    BirthplaceTopeka, Kansas

    Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political activist. She was the lead spokesperson of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization that...  more
  • 18

    Shirley Winters

    Shirley Winters (born February 27, 1958) is a convicted murderer and arsonist from upstate New York. In 1980, she smothered her five-month-old son, Ronald Winters III. In 2007, she drowned...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceSanta Clara do Sul, Brazil

    Shirley Mallmann (born February 15, 1977) is a Brazilian model. She is considered the first Brazilian top model and is best known for her work with Jean Paul Gaultier, who immortalized her silhouette...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceHalifax, United Kingdom

    Shirley Crabtree Jr. (14 November 1930 – 2 December 1997), better known as Big Daddy, was an English professional wrestler with a record-breaking 64-inch chest. He worked for Joint Promotions and the...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Shirley June Fry Irvin (née Fry; born June 30, 1927) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from the United States. During her career, which lasted from the early 1940s until the mid-1950s, she won...  more

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  • 22

    Shirley Clarke


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Shirley Clarke (October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker. She was also a director and editor of many famous works....  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (October 31, 1926 – May 9, 1999), better known by her maiden name of Shirley Dinsdale, was an American ventriloquist and television and radio personality of the 1940s and...  more
  • 24

    Shirley Owens


    BirthplaceHenderson, North Carolina

    Shirley Alston Reeves (born June 10, 1941, Henderson, North Carolina), born Shirley Owens, is an American soul singer who was the main lead singer of the hit female singing group the Shirelles. In...  more
  • 25

    Shirley Grey


    BirthplaceUSA, Connecticut, Naugatuck

    Shirley Grey (born Agnes Zetterstrand; April 11, 1902 – August 12, 1981) was an American actress. She appeared in 46 films between 1930 and 1935. Born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Grey was the...  more
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