Veteran actress Shirley Maclaine believes she is a minority in Hollywood, because she has never slept with anyone to boost her career.

The TERMS OF ENDEARMENT star, who boasts five Best Actress Oscar nominations and one win, insists she never wanted to taint her reputation with a sex symbol status.

She says, "You know I've never had a casting couch proposition in my life. I thought there was something wrong with me.

"Men always know if you're going to laugh at them, which I would if they did.

"It's nice not to have a career that's based on being a sex object anyway.

"When I was 20, I saw myself as a character actor and I still do now."