"to see Shirley Maclaine in Sweey Charity"

‘Sweet Charity’ (The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved in the US) was a musical released in 1969.

Shirley MacLaine pictured in 1987
Creative Commons AttributionShirley MacLaine pictured in 1987 - Credit: Roland Godefroy

The story told was that of young taxi dancer (so-called because they were paid for the amount of time they spent dancing for a man) Charity Hope Valentine, played by Shirley MacLaine. She was always on the look-out for love…despite her recurring bad luck with men.

When she eventually found it however, it seemed love didn’t want her because of what she did for a living.

A poignant ending finished the film, which for once, did not have the typical Hollywood ending. Valentine did not win her true love, but instead, looked forward to the future, when she just might have better luck…

‘The Rhythm of Life’ and ‘(Hey,) Big Spender’ are two well known musical numbers from 'Sweet Charity'.

Meanwhile, lead actress, Shirley MacLaine, went on to do great things in her career. Her debut was in the Alfred Hitchcock film, ‘The Trouble with Harry’, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress.

She also later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her part in ‘Terms of Endearment’.