Shirley MacLaine on Oprah: Sex, Monogamy, Spirituality, UFOs

[ 0 ] April 12, 2011 |

Shirley MacLaine is telling all – the sex and her feelings on monogamy, her work with screen legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, what it’s been like to be criticized for years for being outspoken on issues such as reincarnation, UFOs, spirituality and other juicy topics.

The 76-year-old actress Shirley MacLaine – who is also the older sister of actor Warren Beatty – is an Oscar, three-time Emmy, and 10-time Golden Globe-winner who has appeared in more than 50 films. MacLaine sat down with Oprah Winfrey on the talk-show queen’s show Monday to talk about her 12th book—I’m Over All Thatwhich includes details of all of her former co-stars and co-workers to whom she was attracted.

MacLaine also talked about her tremendous sense of self-worth, which has allowed her to brush off criticisms of her beliefs with ease.

“I never had the urge to please anybody,” she says. “I don’t know where that came from.”

The juiciest talk was over MacLaine’s sex life, and her “sex-capades.” She actually bedded three men in one day, but she now considers herself a “serial monogamist.” She also gave details as to how her marital arrangement with Steve Parker, her husband of 30 years, worked; the two had an infamous open relationship. The couple divorced in 1982.

When it comes to monogamy, genConnect relationship and sex expert Dr. Marianne Brandon reminds us that most mammals are not naturally monogamous, which means that “keeping monogamy satisfying is probably a bit more challenging than you expected it to be – and you are not alone.”

She points to research that shows most couples find sex with the same partner less pleasurable as time passes, but there are things couples can do to keep the home fires burning. This includes getting courageous and “embracing the sexier side of sex” by going outside of your usual sex comfort zone – i.e. wearing a garter belt and high heels to bed, or going out to dinner without underwear.

“The bottom line is that one way to counteract sexual monotony is by delving into these sexy, edgy territories,” Dr. Brandon says. “Of course, you must feel safe with your partner in order to do so.  Opening yourself at this level has the potential for huge payoffs if your relationship is solid and strong. Try it and see! Let us know how it feels to take your sexual relationship to a new, sexier level!”

For more from Dr. Marianne Brandon:

The Sexier Side of Sex

Dr. Marianne Brandon on Making Monogamy Easier

What NOT To Do In Bed

Yoga: The Cure for Better Sex?

4 Lessons I’ve Learned as A Sex Therapist

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About Dr. Marianne Brandon: Dr. Marianne Brandon is a clinical psychologist and Diplomat in sex therapy through AASECT. Dr. Brandon is Director of Wellminds Wellbodies LLC in Annapolis, Maryland. She is author of Monogamy: The Untold Story and co-author [...]
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