FAMOUS PEOPLE
who are called Shirley

See if you can identify these Famous Shirleys. Scroll down to check on your accuracy!

FAMOUS PLACES
that are called Shirley

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  FAMOUS SHIRLEYS: Top Row  


SHIRLEY ABACAIR

WHO? Well, if you watched BBC television in the '50's and '60's, you'd know that Shirley Abicair was a sweet children's show presenter, who managed to have a couple of minor top-40 hits along the way. Interestingly, she was a Sydney girl, joining the massive exodus of Aussies to the old country during this era.


GRAEME "SHIRLEY" STRACHAN


Graeme "Shirley" Strachan was the lead singer of that GREAT '70's Oz pop group, Skyhooks. They had some sensational hit songs, and helped put Aussie music on the map. Later followed children's TV ("Shirl's Neighbourhood") and (as his profession had been in carpentry) Shirl presented handyman tips on TV. Tragically, we lost our male Shirley in a helicopter accident in Queensland, a few years ago.



SHIRLEY HENDERSON


Shirley Henderson had her first on-screen break playing opposite Robert Carlyle in the popular TV series "Hamish Macbeth" (1995)

Being age 35 at the time that she played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films. You might also have seen her in Topsy-Turvy (that marvellous film about The Mikado, by G & S) and even more exciting: Bridget Jones' Diary. Oooooh, and she plays one of the catty aunts in "Marie Antoinette".



SHIRLEY MACLAINE


Miss Maclaine often played the kookie strawberry blonde in '60's films, like "Sweet Charity" and "Cancan". Her mature career was a huge success, when she co-starred in "Steel Magnolias" and "Postcards from the Edge". Shirley was a dancer, with the dubious distinction of being Warren Beatty's sister. But WHAT a talent!



  FAMOUS SHIRLEYS: Middle Row  


SHIRLEY JONES


How we all adored Shirley Jones in "Oklahoma!", in which she starred as Laurie. Miss Jones had a superb singing voice, could act up a storm and was as pretty as a picture. After her starlet career wound up, a second career in TV began for Shirley with The Partridge Family.



SHIRLEY EATON


Shirley Eaton made many British films in the '60's -- then what ever happened to her? She played either a very photogenic "naice" girl, or a sexy vixen with equal ease. She was the gold-painted murder victim in "Goldfinger".



SHIRLEY BASSEY


Dame "Burley Chassis" needs NO introduction! With 5 James Bond title songs to her credit (including "Diamonds are Forever" and "Goldfinger"), this brunette bombshell is Welsh, just like that other fabulous singer, Tom Jones.



  FAMOUS SHIRLEYS: Bottom Row  


SHIRLEY BOOTH


When I was a young lass, I'd run home from school to watch "Hazel", an early sitcom starring Shirley Booth. If memory serves, she was the original Dolly Levi on Broadway in "The Matchmaker". Incidently, her real name was Thelma, but I'm prepared to forgive her for that. Best known film: Come Back Little Sheeba, with Burtie Lancaster.



SHIRLEY TEMPLE


This little lady started it all. How many of us would be called Mary or Louise if not for the sparkling talent and cuteness of Miss Shirley Temple? Now, we all know that the Shirley Club is NOT connected in any way with the Shirley Temple Fan Club. But we must pay tribute to a girl who gave so much happiness to so many people during the dark days of the Depression.



SHIRLEY STRICKLAND-DELAHUNTY


We also lost our own Shirley Club member, Shirley Strickland-Delahunty, only as recently as February 2004. Not only an Olympic Gold medalist, but a nuclear physicist and conservationist. Vale, Shirley.



MY VERY OWN
copy of "Shirley" by C. Bronte.

And it's very, very old! Shirley is an 1849 social novel by the English novelist Charlotte Brontė. It was Brontė's second published novel after Jane Eyre (originally published under Brontė's pseudonym Currer Bell). The novel is set in Yorkshire in the period 1811–1812, during the industrial depression resulting from the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. The novel is set against a backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry. The novel's popularity led to Shirley becoming a woman's name. In the novel, Shirley Keeldar, the title character was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of the novel, Shirley was an uncommon - but distinctly male - name and would have been an unusual name for a woman. Today it is regarded as a distinctly female name and an uncommon male name. Well, we know THAT!



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