Even as a young girl, Shirley MacLaine was unconventional. She never missed a ballet class, but she also played for a boys’ baseball team, earning the nickname “Powerhouse.” By age 21 she had made a name for herself in Hollywood too, winning a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in The Trouble with Harry (1955), the first of many critical home runs. MacLaine managed to maintain her star power for decades despite, or perhaps because of, never being a typical leading lady. As Don Siegel, her director in Two Mules for Sister Sara, complained, “She’s too unfeminine and has too much balls.” We’re not sure how much is too much, but it’s kept her in the game at age 82. Her new film The Last Word is in theaters now—though we suspect it probably won’t be hers.