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One of the most unlikable actors or actresses ever!?

Some examples:

MacLaine made the film Two Mules For Sister Sara with Clint Eastwood in 1970. Not only was the film a hit at the box office, it was clear that two stars shared chemistry. However Eastwood has stated on multiple occasions that he disliked MacLaine personally and to work with and that he would never do so again. In the 50 years since then, he's kept his word.

Jack Nicholson and MacLaine starred together in the film Terms of Endearment. The film was a critical and a commercial success and they acted well together. However Nicholson stated that he would never work with MacLaine again, and in the nearly 40 years that passed, he hasn't.

MacLaine’s own daughter wrote a scathing biography about her that contains more than few unpleasant details about her life. Even though it's a virtual certainty that a major publishing company would not print something that could get them sued for libel and defamation, MacLaine has consistently stated that her daughter's account was a complete fabrication.

Although MacLaine was attractive in her youth and has demonstrated that she's exceptional in drama and comedy, she's rarely been a draw for studios. In fact, following Terms of
Endearment when she should have been at the peak of her drawing power? MacLaine’s output consisted of lower budget offerings, most of which haven't been successful. Most productions don't seem to want her around.

At 85, MacLaine should be a grand dame of American film. However she's better known for dabbling into the paranormal and her generally unappealing nature as a co-worker than anything else.


Her treatment of her daughter was plain wrong.