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The Virginia-born actress is one of Hollywood’s biggest living stars, known for her ability to effortlessly portray a range of eccentric and headstrong characters. Her seven-decade-long career has seen the 87-year-old amass a huge collection of industry accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, two British Academy Film Awards and six Golden Globe Awards. She is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning turn in the heralded 1983 comedy Terms of Endearment, and her first major role in Around the World in 80 Days, in 1956.

One of Ms MacLaine’s other much-loved films, Steel Magnolias, airs on Channel 5 this afternoon.

For a star who has spent so long in Tinseltown, the stories of her life are often incomparable to her contemporaries, especially an anecdote she recently shared regarding her sex life.

The Downton Abbey star told the Daily Mirror in 2012 how she had slept with two prime ministers in her lifetime.

Speaking at the time, Ms MacLaine said: ‘I’ve had a lot of love affairs and a lot of awful lovers.

Shirley MacLaine’s bragging about sleeping two bare prime ministers (Image: GETTY)

Shirley MacLaine rose to fame in the 1950s

Shirley MacLaine rose to fame in the 1950s (Image: GETTY)

“I wasn’t into ‘sexscapades’, but I tried once.

“It was during a political campaign where everyone was doing the same thing. So I didn’t want to be left out. I had sex with three men in one day. It was stupid and it gave me no satisfaction.

Previously, she claimed to have slept with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, as well as Australian Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock.

She admitted she had always ‘found the male actors very intriguing’ and allegedly told some Downton Abbey actors that she ‘fell in love with someone in every picture I did for the first 30 years’ .

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Shirley MacLaine with Jack Nicholson

Shirley MacLaine with Jack Nicholson (Image: GETTY)

Among those was a three-year relationship with Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum, as well as a six-week “crush” on Dean Martin, the Rat Pack and crooning legend.

There were, however, actors she had been linked to and Ms MacLaine admitted she never fell in love with, namely Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson.

In 2011, she told Oprah Winfrey, “I wasn’t attracted to Jack [Lemmon]. He was a lover. He was like my Aunt Rose.

“He didn’t have that dangerous, complicated, sex-dominant confusion that I loved to help me understand the men I was attracted to.

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Shirley MacLaine with Frank Sinatra

Shirley MacLaine with Frank Sinatra (Image: GETTY)

“And Jack [Nicholson]? Too much for me! No, it’s too much.

“I guess I liked dangerous chemistry if it was controllable. His isn’t. He’s genuinely dangerous.”

While Ms MacLaine seemed to share chemistry with many of her colleagues and co-stars, the one she didn’t share a deep affection with was Welshman Sir Anthony Hopkins.

The couple shared the screen in the 1980 film A Change of Seasons, a film which was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards at the inaugural ceremony.

Cast steel magnolias

Cast steel magnolias (Image: GETTY)

After the film’s release, Sir Anthony said: “She was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with.”

It was a view shared by fellow industry man and director Don Siegel, who once said, “It’s hard to feel a lot of heat. She’s too unfeminine and has too many balls.

Years later, in 2014, Ms MacLaine was asked about her relationship with Sir Anthony, but simply replied: ‘I didn’t like him either.’

Steel Magnolias saw Ms. MacLaine nominated for a BAFTA, while co-star Julia Roberts picked up an Oscar nomination.

Steel Magnolias airs today at 2.05pm on Channel 5.