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Famous People Named Shirley 

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List of famous people named Shirley, along with photos. How many celebrities named Shirley can you think of? The famous Shirleys below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Shirley, athletes named Shirley, and even political figures named Shirley. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Shirley? Add them to the list.

Shirley Temple is one of the most famous performers in the history of Hollywood. Known for her darling antics and tap dancing, she was the child star to beat in her time. She started acting at the age of 3 and some of her most memorable films include Curly Top and Our Little Girl. As she became older, she switched over to politics and became the United States Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Shirley Maclaine is another famous actress who is still working today. She has won an Academy Award, 5 Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and many more. Funnily enough, she was even named after Shirley Temple. Her debut film even got her a Golden Globe win: Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry.
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Activist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 84

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

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 ...more

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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Songwriter, Musician, Model

Age: 52

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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 Temple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Politician, Diplomat, Actor

Age: Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica

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 ...more

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Shirley Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Comedian, Actor, Singer

Age: 84

Birthplace: Charleroi, 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, ...more

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Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Singer

Age: 82

Birthplace: Tiger 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 ...more

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Shirley Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: Dec. at 49 (1916-1965)

Birthplace: California

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 ...more
Shirley Henderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Shirley Henderson Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Forres, 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 ...more

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Shirley Booth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Shirley Booth Actor

Age: Dec. at 94 (1898-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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 ...more
Shirley Eaton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Actor, Writer

Age: 82

Birthplace: Edgware, 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 ...more
Shirley Phelps-Roper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Spokesperson, Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Topeka, 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 ...more
Shirley Knight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Actor

Age: 82

Birthplace: Goessel, Kansas, United States of America

Shirley Knight Hopkins (born July 5, 1936) is an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 feature films, made-for-television movies, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway ...more
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Songwriter, Actor, Pastor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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 ...more

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Shirley Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Film Producer, Actor
Shirley Bennett is an actress.
Shirley Horn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1934-2005)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

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, ...more
Shirley Anne Field is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Actor

Age: 80

Birthplace: Bolton, United Kingdom

Shirley Anne Field (born 27 June 1936) is an English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955.
Shirley Mallmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Model

Age: 42

Birthplace: Santa 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 ...more
Shirley Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Politician, Journalist, Professor

Age: 88

Birthplace: London, 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. ...more
Shirley Hemphill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 52 (1947-1999)

Birthplace: USA, 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 ...more
Shirley Fry Irvin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Tennis player

Age: 91

Birthplace: Akron, 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 ...more
Shirley Bonne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Actor

Age: 84

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Shirley Bonne (born May 22, 1934) is a former television actress who portrayed Eileen Sherwood in the CBS television sitcom My Sister Eileen, which aired during the 1960-1961 season. Bonne ...more
Shirley Strickland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Politician, Athlete

Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)

Birthplace: Guildford, Australia

Shirley Barbara de la Hunty AO, MBE (née Strickland; 18 July 1925 – 11 February 2004), known as Shirley Strickland during her early career, was an Australian athlete. She won more Olympic ...more
Shirley Chisholm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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 ...more
Shirley Douglas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Activist, Actor

Age: 84

Birthplace: Weyburn, Canada

Shirley Jean Douglas (born April 2, 1934) is a Canadian television, film and stage actress and activist. Her acting career combined with her family name has made her recognizable in Canadian ...more
Shirley Dinsdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Shirley
Ventriloquist, Actor

Age: Dec. at 73 (1926-1999)

Birthplace: California, 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 ...more
Shirley Winters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Shirley

Age: 61

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