Close Up of Shirley MacLaine Set For DVD Release

Janson Media today announced the worldwide DVD release of Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels. The title is the 17th to be released on DVD from the company’s Hollywood Collection, an award-winning archive of 34 movie star biographies and retrospectives produced by Wombat Productions between 1985 and 1999.

Shirley MacLaine was the product of a strict middle-class background from which she and her brother, the future actor Warren Beatty, escaped into the fantasy world of show-biz. Her ballet training and her long-legged pixie charm led to rapid success on Broadway in musical comedy. Inevitably, Hollywood called and by 1955 Shirley was cast in Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry. It wasn’t too long before the fine dramatic roles also came to her opposite the most popular leading men of the time, like Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. But Shirley was not only known for her capacity to play opposite major male stars, she also soon made it clear that women had equal importance for her, both as fellow players and as real life friends. These women included Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts, and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug. It was apparent that this once perky “gypsy” of Broadway would leave her mark as one of the finest actresses of her day, an Academy-Award winner, who is ready and able to tackle any role that seems equal to her intelligence and talent.

Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels was written and produced by Gene Feldman and Suzette Winter of New York-based Wombat Productions, and is now available for all television, DVD, VOD, non-theatric, and new media markets worldwide exclusively through Janson Media. The DVD also includes a Shirley MacLaine Photo Gallery, a Meet the Producers slideshow, and trailers of other Hollywood Collection titles. The program is available for online viewing at the Janson Media Screening Room at

LENGTH: Program: 50 Minutes; Total Content incl. extra features: 87 Minutes
MSRP: $24.95
CATALOG#: 20389
UPC#: 6-4603203899-6
ISBN#: 1-56839-281-8
PRODUCER: Wombat Productions
STREET DATE: July 29th, 2009