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Alec Baldwin's Broadway Role Ends Early

Shirley MacLaine experienced her big Broadway break as an understudy to actress Carol Haney in 1954 production of "The Pajama Game." Thanks to Haney's sprained ankle, MacLaine was seen by Paramount producer Hal Wallis, and so her silver screen career began. IMAGE: Actress Shirley MacLaine speaks onstage at the Masterpiece Classic 'Downton Abbey, Season 3' panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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