In the 1950s, Shirley MacLaine hoisted her flag on Hollywood Boulevard as she turned off movie after movie. MacLaine tells Variety that her disappointment wasn’t because of what she may have experienced onscreen, but rather off. When asked who she would have liked to have worked with, she replied, “Brando, but I think I was more interested in what he would do off camera because he was so funny.”
For someone with Hollywood experience, it’s no surprise that MacLaine was disappointed never to work with Brando. Over the years, Brando has gained a reputation for being quite eccentric. E!News reminds us that his romantic life consisted of a series of public relationships that included Marilyn Monroe, who fathered at least nine children. In a tribute article to Brando, Roger Ebert pointed out some off-screen moments that definitely shed some light on why MacLaine regrets not working with him. Ebert spoke about how Brando won an Oscar for The Godfather, but then refused to accept the Oscar and sent a protesting Indian woman to the podium instead.
For classic film fans, Shirley MacLaine isn’t the only one disappointed that she never got to work with Brando. Based on her history of blunt interviews, she would surely have dished up all the worthy stories she had collected about him. And based on offscreen stories MacLaine produced from her own life, the two would have done Hollywood gossip together. Maybe she will work with him in the next life.