Shirley MacLaine received her fourth Oscar nomination for playing Deedee Rogers, a housewife and former ballerina, in The Turning Point.
Deedee is a seemingly happy woman, whose daughter is slowly becoming a promising ballerina, but she has always questioned whether or not she made the right decision by picking a family over a career. When she gets the chance to see her former friends, she is genuinely excited, especially with Emma (Anne Bancroft).
Deedee, though she loves her husband and children, the meeting of her former colleagues awakens something in her mind. She has an affair, and questions whether or not she should even stay with her life. MacLaine easily walks her way through these scenes, like a pro, never having a false moment.
Shirley's best moment comes when she has one huge fight with Emma, and all her harsh emotions are present.
The problem with the performance is Deedee is not that interesting, especially compared to Anne Bancroft's character, who has much more character development (even though her screen-time is extremely small). But, ironically, I prefer MacLaine's performance over Bancroft's because Shirley is so believable as the loving, but troubled housewife.