Shirley MacLaine Opens Up About Rat Pack Crush

By: Amanda Crum - December 27, 2013

Shirley MacLaine has had a long and successful career spanning several mediums, but a lot of people might not know that she was in tight with the infamous Rat Pack, a group of celebrity bad boys whose names were always in the headlines back in the day.

The group–Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop–was pretty exclusive, but the boys had an affinity for MacLaine. She sat down recently for an interview, where she talked about her connection to Marilyn Monroe, her relationship with the Rat Pack, and which member she had a crush on.

The actress says she was the one who picked up after the guys and answered the door for them, but she also never held her tongue when it came time to tell them the truth about things, and she believes that’s why they loved her.

MacLaine recently received the coveted Kennedy Center Honors for her work on film and stage and was celebrated–along with Billy Joel and Santana, among others–by President Obama earlier this month.

“I thought it was terrific. I thought it was about time. I thought it was a tribute what I’ve done, but also it’s a welcome home. It’s more about my life and my past and my background and my home and my parents and dancing and work ethic,” she said of the award. “This is squaring the circle of living here.”

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Amanda CrumAmanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum

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  • larry jackson

    If there’s a story here it got lost somewhere.

    • Marihelen

      Oh, Larry Jackson, you are obviously too young to remember the Rat Pack & Shirley MacLaine. They were the Original Oceans Elevan.

  • Charles Dan Austin

    Although I don’t share her religious convictions she is still a wonderful actress and is to be applauded for the Kennedy Center Honors She doesn’t have to retire if she played Miss Marple you know you’d get more than your money’s worth.

  • Rhys

    Ms. MacLaine is one of the great talents of our day and a lady in every sense of the word.

  • http://yahoo jojo

    I don’t share your religious convictions either Charles, however I do agree with the Marple idea.

  • Bill

    WHAT ?!

  • Flyswatter

    Amanda, this was a pretty crummy story (pun intended). It was a headline lead-in without the follow through. Can I have your job?

  • Roy Galvan

    I loved ALL her life’s work,books beliefs and don’t exclude nothing . :)

  • Perry

    Poorly-written article. Crush never revealed. Thanks for wasting our time.

    • Perry

      I take it back. It was revealed in the video. Sorry about me! :-) But maybe next time tell us with making us watch the video.

      • Perry

        *without making us…et. al. I’ll go away now and shut up.

    • Cari

      Perry… did you even listen? Crush WAS revealed. She said she had a crush on Dean Martin for 15 minutes.

  • Artis

    What happen to the story ?

  • http://Facebook Erville Cunnungham

    Where is the story,I cant find it,

  • http://Facebook Erville Cunnungham

    Where is the story,I cant find it.

    • diana

      watch the video

  • koney

    God how I miss hose days, those guys, they had more talent in there little fingers than most celebs have in there whole bodies today If you dont know who they were too bad spnd some time finding out whothey were. History did not sart the day you were born.Thes guys made Vgas

  • bobby ww2 vet.

    all the kings men she was a good actress.